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Social work students come to their courses via many different routes and in varied circumstances. The history of your journey to the course is likely, therefore, to infl uence the future journey to your placements. Have you just fi nished school or are you an older student? Someone who is studying for a fi rst degree or a postgraduate? Studying in your home town or just arrived in a new city? Are you full time or part time on the course? Are you self-funding or sponsored by the agency in which you will also have a placement?