Field Education: BSW

What is Field Education?

Field Education placements are an opportunity for students to gain work experience in the social work field under the supervision of an experienced professional. Placements are completed in a wide range of community and government agencies and can usually be done in your home community. Normally students complete their field education placements in a single semester. We do, however, offer a two semester, part-time, option from September to April only. 

Contact

For general enquiries about field education please contact our Field Education Assistant:

Pre-requisites:


Students can choose the semester they wish to complete their field education placement in; however, students are responsible for ensuring they have successfully completed their pre-requisite courses prior to beginning their placements. (e.g. 311 and 312 must be done before starting SOCW 304 or 304A). Pre-requisites, for your year of entry to the program, are listed in the UVic Academic Calendar.

  • Students will complete two placements (350 hours per placement) over the course of their program. A field education seminar is also required.
  • All BSW students are required to complete either a 3rd year field education placement (SOCW 304) or a 3rd year Prior Learning Assessment (SOCW 304A). The Prior Learning Assessment is an option for students who already have at least two years of social work employment or volunteer experience.
  • All BSW students are also required to complete a 4th year field education placement (SOCW 402, 404A or 404).
  • Child Welfare/Indigenous Child Welfare Specialization students need to complete a SOCW 404 (protection) or SOCW 404A (non-protection).
  • Availability of field education placements differs depending on your area, access to qualified supervisors and time of year.

For questions about BSW pre-requisites, please contact the BSW Academic Advisor, 

SOCW 304:


The School of Social Work requires BSW students to submit applications for SOCW 304 six months in advance. Students need to apply for SOCW 304 by the following deadlines:

September Placements: Application Deadline is March 1st

January Placements: Application Deadline is July 1st

May Placements: Application Deadline is November 1st

* Applications received more than two weeks late will not be accepted

Steps for Applying for Field Education Placements

  1. Read the School of Social Work information page regarding Criminal Record Checks. Follow the steps for applying for a BC criminal record check with the provincial government - this is mandatory for all BC students or students doing a placement in BC.
  2. Review the Field Education Manual.
  3. Complete an Application for Practicum. (For PLA, please see SOCW 304A)
  4. Submit an updated resume and all required supplemental documentation to at the time of application.

After Application Process

  1. An automated email with more information will be sent to the email you provided in your application.
  2. Once the applications have been processed, a Field Education Coordinator will contact you directly.
  3. Coordinators will contact their students once they are ready to start working with you.
    1. You will receive an email about two months after the application deadline with information from your Field Education Coordinator about the process for successfully securing a placement.
    2. Depending on your location and area of interest, the process and timing will look different.
  4. Students will be automatically registered for their field education placement once their application has been approved by the School.

Contact Information

For field education enquiries please contact our Field Education Assistant, 

SOCW 304A - Proir Learning Assessment (PLA):


Students completing SOCW 304A are evaluated using the same competencies as students engaged in the third year practicum. These competencies include:

  • to engage in and integrate critical self-reflection.
  • to engage in critical inquiry.
  • to articulate and critique various relations of power.
  • to demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to engage with Indigenous communities and concerns.
  • to demonstrate an understanding of, and a commitment to social justice.
  • to demonstrate the ability to engage in anti-oppressive practice.
  • to engage with and apply social work values and ethics.
  • to evaluate one's own values and life experience and identifying how these influence practice.
  • to understand the relationship between personal issues and social, political and economic processes and structures.
  • to demonstrate entry-level practice skills, such as engagement, assessment, planning, implementation, termination, and evaluation.
  • to demonstrate initiative and responsibility for own learning.
  • to make effective use of supervision and consultation.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • A minimum of 4000 hours of human services work experience within the past five years, of which a maximum of 1500 hours may include unpaid, volunteer, or a practicum undertaken in a previous education program.
  • A written portfolio, prepared by the student, which identifies how the student’s specific work experiences have enabled them to acquire and achieve the learning objectives of SOCW 304 (third year practicum).
  • A minimum of two references from direct supervisors that confirm the student has attained 4000 hours of relevant work experience and has demonstrated an understanding of professional practice. Normally, applicants must also provide evidence that they have received direct social work supervision for at least a portion of their human services work experience (i.e. engagement with a person who has a BSW or MSW degree from an accredited School of Social Work).

The application package will be available for current BSW students as of January 20, 2020.

SOCW 402:


The School of Social Work requires BSW students to submit applications for SOCW 402 six months in advance. Students need to apply for SOCW 402 by the following deadlines:

September Placements: Application Deadline is March 1st

January Placements: Application Deadline is July 1st

May Placements: Application Deadline is November 1st

* Applications received more than two weeks late will not be accepted

Steps for Applying for Field Education Placements

  1. Read the School of Social Work information page regarding Criminal Record Checks. Follow the steps for applying for a BC criminal record check with the provincial government - this is mandatory for all BC students or students doing a placement in BC.
  2. Review the Field Education Manual
  3. Complete an Application for Practicum
  4. Submit an updated resume and all required supplemental documentation to at the time of application

After Application Process

  1. An automated email with more information will be sent to the email you provided in your application.
  2. Once the applications have been processed, a Field Education Coordinator will contact you directly.
  3. Coordinators will contact their students once they are ready to start working with you.
    1. You will receive an email about two months after the application deadline with information from your Field Education Coordinator about the process for successfully securing a placement.
    2. Depending on your location and area of interest, the process and timing will look different.
  4. Students will be automatically registered for their field education placement once their application has been approved by the School.

Contact Information

For field education enquiries please contact our Field Education Assistant, 

SOCW 404/404A and Health Authority Placements:


The School of Social Work requires BSW students to submit applications for SOCW 404/404A eight months in advance. Students need to apply for SOCW 404/404A or Health Authority Placements by the following deadlines:

September Placements: Application Deadline is January 1st

January Placements: Application Deadline is May 1st

May Placements: Application Deadline is September 1st

* Applications received more than two weeks late will not be accepted

Steps for Applying for Field Education Placements

  1. Read the School of Social Work information page regarding Criminal Record Checks. Follow the steps for applying for a BC criminal record check with the provincial government - this is mandatory for all BC students or students doing a placement in BC.
  2. Review the Field Education Manual
  3. Complete an Application for Practicum
  4. Submit an updated resume and all required supplemental documentation to at the time of application

After Application Process

  1. An automated email with more information will be sent to the email you provided in your application.
  2. Once the applications have been processed, a Field Education Coordinator will contact you directly.
  3. Coordinators will contact their students once they are ready to start working with you.
    1. You will receive an email about two months after the application deadline with information from your Field Education Coordinator about the process for successfully securing a placement.
    2. Depending on your location and area of interest, the process and timing will look different.
  4. Students will be automatically registered for their field education placement once their application has been approved by the School.

Contact Information

For field education enquiries please contact our Field Education Assistant, 

International placements:


The School of Social Work permits international field education placements for 4th year BSW students only. The process of securing and confirming international placements can be challenging, and as such, we require applications to be submitted twelve months in advance. Students need to apply for their international placements by the following deadlines:

September Placements: Application Deadline is September 1st

January Placements: Application Deadline is January 1st

May Placements: Application Deadline is May 1st

* Applications received more than two weeks late will not be accepted

Note: As we are an English speaking university, the field education supervisor must be able to read, write, and speak in English.

Steps for Applying for Field Education Placements

  1. Read the School of Social Work information page regarding Criminal Record Checks. Follow the steps for applying for a BC criminal record check with the provincial government - this is mandatory for all BC students or students doing a placement in BC.
  2. Review the Field Education Manual
  3. Complete an Application for Practicum
  4. Submit an updated resume and all required supplemental documentation to at the time of application

After Application Process

  1. An automated email with more information will be sent to the email you provided in your application.
  2. Once the applications have been processed, a Field Education Coordinator will contact you directly.
  3. Coordinators will contact their students once they are ready to start working with you.
    1. You will receive an email about two months after the application deadline with information from your Field Education Coordinator about the process for successfully securing a placement.
    2. Depending on your location and area of interest, the process and timing will look different.
  4. Students will be automatically registered for their field education placement once their application has been approved by the School.

Contact Information

For field education enquiries please contact our Field Education Assistant,