Charles Sturt University
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Workplace Learning Education is a core element and a major part of the students development of a professional identity. It provides an opportunity for students to observe, question and model professional behaviour. Each Workplace Learning experience is integrated with a subject covering theory and practice.

  • Social Work - Field Education for Social Work/Social Welfare in Human Services

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Professional Education and Workplace Learning

Social Work


Social work students must complete 1,000 hours of field education during their degree in order to be eligible for membership of Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

At CSU this is divided between 2 subjects. Usually students will complete 500 hours in each subject. While there is flexibility as to how many hours are completed in each subject, the total hours completed across both subjects has to be 1,000 hours. The minimum time for one subject is 280 hours. The balance of time must be made up in the other subject.

Each placement has to be in a different field of practice and practice setting to meet AASW requirements.

One placement must have a primarily direct or interpersonal skills focus. The other placement has to have an indirect focus (some kinds of group work, community work, policy, research). Most field education subjects are year long, and students must enrol for both sessions, with students starting throughout the year depending on individual circumstances and placement availability.

Please note: Serena Mathews is now the Field Education Coordinator and Academic Lead for Social Work


You must enrol for both first and second session of the same subject as it is a year long subject. That is 201530 and 201560.

  • HCS303 – Social Work Field Education 1
  • HCS404 – Social Work Field Education 2
  • HCS505 – Social Work Field Education 1
  • HCS506 – Social Work Field Education 2

There is also a single session full time subject in the BSW for students who need to complete their degree, or who need a double subject to make up a full time study load:

  • SWK424 Social Work Field Education 2A

Required Documentation

All students are required to submit a current resume, a certified copy of a current National Police Check, and a Working with Children's Check. These are available from:

Students wishing to complete a placement in NSW Health must be verified as health compliant. This process may take up to 6 weeks or more, so please read the information and discuss the requirements with your doctor.

Health have developed some videos to help you understand the compliance process. View them at this link:

Professional Practice Assessment (PPA)

PPA is a strand of the first Social Work Field Education subject (HCS303 or HCS505). It can be completed in place of the Placement strand and replaces the original Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). In this strand students complete a series of assessments reflecting on their work experience, how they meet the AASW practice standards and are developing their professional identity as beginning social workers.

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