Psychology (Fieldwork)

Psychology students undertake a mandatory 60 hours of fieldwork placement. Students apply their knowledge which has been gained throughout their degree, in order to develop their skillsets to help with employability.

Students attend fieldwork classes in which they use reflective practice and develop assignments, where psychological frameworks are applied to real-life work issues experienced during their fieldwork placement experiences.

Assignments take this process further by asking students to write papers in which they apply psychological frameworks to the real-life work issues arising from their fieldwork experiences.

Placement overview

The placement is linked to the APP3028 Fieldwork unit. Undergraduate psychology students will have opportunities to volunteer in a range of different areas of interest. The fieldwork coordinator facilitates placements and supports you through this process.

Some organisations involved with the Work Integrated Learning program (WIL) include Autism Camp Australia (ACA), Orygen (youth mental health services), the Western Bulldogs Football Club and Aspire Health & Psychology. Many other organisations are also involved, including community organisations and a range of primary and secondary schools.

Student documents & resources

The following documents are important for your placement:

Host information & documents

Partnering with VU as a placement host organisation has many benefits.

Our students are familiar with the latest research and best practices and can bring new perspectives and creative ideas to your organisation.

The following documents have more information for host organisations:

This fieldwork placement is connected with the APP3028 Fieldwork Unit, studied as part of the following courses (refer to individual course pages for information on how to apply for the course):