Professional training

The School of Social Sciences aims to provide students with the skills to make an excellent contribution to the workplace.

There is a special emphasis on professional training in a range of public services including:

  • Social Work
  • Probation
  • Police
  • Health and Social Care.

Practice Learning Opportunities

Part of the MA Social Work programme, the Practice Learning Opportunities provide the context for the application of practical skills, reflective analysis and the integration of academic learning. Students will undertake three placements of 20 days, 80 days, and 100 days during the period of their MA studies. Each student is hosted by one of the local authorities, Gwynedd, Conwy or Mon, in an arrangement which supports the student’s development towards being a competent social worker.

Most practice learning opportunities will be within the three counties, but some students will be able to benefit from opportunities further afield.

Students have enjoyed experiences in a range of different settings, including statutory social work roles within hospital social work, youth offending teams, mental health services, children and family services. There is also a range of opportunities in voluntary sector agencies such as Age Concern, Digartref Ynys Môn and Barnardo’s.