Short courses
Health & Social Care

Practice Education Stage 2

University Certificate in Postgraduate Continuing Education:

The award prepares qualified and experienced registered social workers to meet and demonstrate the requirements for Stage 2 of the Practice Educator Professional Standards (May 2012), and build on Practice Education Stage 1 by developing practice educators whose practice will be insightful, reflexive, creative and critical with regard to their own practice development and that of others.

Course information

Part-time

  • 9 months

More part-time details

  • Credits: 20, Level: Masters
  • Enrolment date: November, December, March
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £510

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This award equips you to supervise, teach and assess social work degree students up to and including the last placement. In effect, as a practice educators you have the authority and capability to recommend on the basis of appropriate evidence, that the social work students are fit to practice at the point of qualification (PEPS, 2012).

You focus on developing a critical consideration of the nature of knowledge, skills and values relevant to professional education and the workplace. The relationship between theory and practice is explored alongside a critical consideration of the use of evidence-based practice. You consider the notion of holistic assessment and the introduction of the Professional Capability Framework (PCF) as a means of assessing students. You are encouraged to critically explore the complexities of assessing knowledge, skills, understanding and values, and to critically reflect on the nature of intellectual and practical abilities.

How you learn

The award is delivered in three, two-day blocks spanning a period of four months. There is a combination of teaching methods used including lectures, case reviews and discussion, peer reviewing of records and statements, analysis of best practice, observation and shadowing and court simulation. It is delivered by social work academics in conjunction with other professionals involved in this area of work, such as medical, legal and court staff.

How you are assessed

You are required to take responsibility for the assessment of a final year pre-registered social worker on placement during this module. The overall assessment of the module is a portfolio containing documents developed during the placement. You are also required to undertake an assessment of another learner, at different level to the learner on placement, who is being assessed against the Professional Capabilities Framework. This assessment must be observed. Your employer is required to arrange for a registered social worker holding a Stage 2 PEPS qualification, or equivalent, to undertake this and one other observation of practice.

Career opportunities

This course will provide evidence of continued professional development aligned to social worker/experienced social worker levels of the Professional Capabilities Framework.

Entry requirements

  • Registered social worker
  • Three years' relevant experience, qualified for two years by the end of the programme. PEPS 2012
  • Practice Education Stage 1 or its equivalent will have been achieved
  • Placement of a final year pre-registered social work student undertaking 100 days' assessed practice.

Work-based mentor to undertake direct observations of practice.

Course information

Part-time

  • 9 months

More part-time details

  • Credits: 20, Level: Masters
  • Enrolment date: November, December, March
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £510

Contact details

Further information