Make a difference to people's lives by choosing a career in social work, providing people with help, support and guidance when they need it and protecting vulnerable children and adults. On this social work degree, you split your study time between learning the latest knowledge and necessary skills at university, and then putting it into practice on professional work placements. You spend a total of 200 days working in professional settings and attending specialist skills days. Placement providers will be offering services to children, families and vulnerable adults. Safeguarding is at the heart of the social work profession and along side this you learn how to offer support to service users through difficult times. You maintain professional relationships with service users, often acting as a guide and advocate. Sometimes you need to use your professional judgment to make tough decisions that might not always be well received by those you are trying to help. Social work is practised in a variety of settings within a framework of relevant legislation and procedures. Settings may include homes, schools, hospitals, or the premises of other public sector and private, voluntary organisations. Attendance on placements is mandatory. This means you must complete 70 days for a first placement in Year 2, and 100 days for the second placement in Year 3. Your placement attendance, learning and practice is assessed as part of your course.