Taught course

Applied Social Work: Practice Education

Institution
University of Bedfordshire · Department of Applied Social Studies
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

Applicants must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or any other Social Work regulator in the United Kingdom.

Successful applicants will normally have an honours degree (2:2 or above) and must have a professional qualification in social work.

All applicants should be practising social workers who wish to become practice educators.

All applicants must have some direct experience of supporting the learning of others in some capacity e.g. onsite supervisor.

Most applicants will have a minimum of two years of post-qualifying experience for direct entry into the course.

Months of entry

February, September

Course content

About the course

This course fulfils the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards, and is made up of six distinct units.

Two of these are options that will give you the chance to develop your knowledge and skills in the supervision, mentoring, management, assessment and support of learning, and the research that informs practice and practice education.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Key features

This course is designed to provide social workers with skills and knowledge to become effective practice educators and contribute to the learning of others, within the work place and the wider context of social work education.

Mapped against the Practice Educator Professional Standards (TCSW 2013), this course is designed to develop graduates who are able to:

  • Provide effective learning opportunities for learners in the workplace and make judgements about the capabilities of learners through an understanding and application of the Professional Capabilities Framework (TCSW, 2012).
  • Apply theories of adult learning in everyday practice to ensure the best outcomes for students and other learners in the workplace.
  • Provide leadership to support the development of a learning organisation which provides lifelong learning and continuous professional development for its workers and so improves the quality of experience for service users, families and carers.

Career opportunities

As this course has been developed within the new framework for CPD as defined by the Social Work Reform Board it offers clear career opportunities.

Students successfully completing the course will be able to specialise, within their field, in professional education in social work. Furthermore as the Practice Educator Framework develops nationally there will be increased demand for practitioners who have a high level of skills in work-based learning and assessment in order to provide the practice-based learning required across the spectrum of qualifying and post-qualified education.

Examples include working with social workers who are in their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) or becoming an independent practice educator working with a wide range of agencies both in the statutory and third sector.

Other graduates have been promoted to positions of greater responsibility and have used the knowledge gained on the course to secure these positions

Areas of study may include

  • Practice Educator Training: Stage 1
  • Practice Educator Training: Stage 2
  • Mentoring and Coaching in Social Work
  • Supervising for Quality and Performance in Social Work
  • Applying Knowledge to Work Based Learning
  • Applied Research Skills in Social Work
  • Dissertation for Social Workers: Practice Education

Information for international students

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Fees and funding

See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
study@beds.ac.uk
Phone
0300 3300 073