Taught course

Practice Education

Institution
University of Chichester · Social Work and Social Care
Qualifications
PGCert

Entry requirements

Candidates should normally have a good honours degree in a related area. It is recognised that some applicants may not meet these standard academic requirements, but may still be desirable course members with other appropriate and equivalent skills and knowledge. In such cases the applicant may apply for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). To check the suitability of your degree and/or experiences please contact hazel Rumsey (h.rumsey@chi.ac.uk)

Months of entry

January, September, February

Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate Practice Education is two module programme, which will enable you to fulfil the role of Practice Educator: supporting, assessing and training student social workers in practice.

Module 1: Practice Education 1, meets Stage 1 of the new Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS); you will normally complete this module in one year.

Module 2: Practice Education 2, meets Stage 2 of the PEPS, and successful completion of both modules will result in the award of the Postgraduate Certificate. A key feature of this programme is the possibility of importing and ‘upgrading’ credit from previously completed ‘ Enabling Learning ‘ courses . This may allow you to progress directly to the Practice Education 2 module and complete the Postgraduate Certificate in one year.

For 2015

  • 10 credit module £210
  • 20 credit module £420
  • 30 credit module £640
  • 60 credit module £1280

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas. We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

The Bishop Otter LRC also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Where this can take you

The prosperity of business relies on the innovation and creativity of its employees. This programme will give you the skills and experience necessary to flourish in a challenging business environment.

Over the course of your degree studies, you’ll encounter a range of practice-based topics across a full range of business and management disciplines. A business studies graduate might typically expect to work within a commercial environment, but the skills you’ll develop through the degree will be equally applicable to employment within the public and not-for-profit sectors of the economy.

Work placements

You’ll have the option to undertake a four year professional placement programme by completing a one-year internship in year three. Following this placement, you’ll return to university to complete your final year. The internship is typically salaried and, if you choose this route, you will receive professional placement recognition as part of your degree title. A few placements are listed below:

  • Hays Recruitment
  • Europ Assistance (now Aria)
  • Sussex County Football Association
  • Glaxo Smith Kline
  • Enterprise Rent a Car
  • IBM
  • Rolls Royce Motor Cars
  • West Sussex County Council –Employment and Skills
  • Porsche

Indicative modules

Modules – PG Certificate

  • Practice Education 1 ( 30 credits)
  • Practice Education 2 ( 30 credits)

Practice Education 1
Location: Bishop Otter Campus, Chichester
Day Workshops 10.00 -16.00 on 10, 11 & 25 Sept 2013, 9 Oct, 20 Nov 22 Jan 2014, 12 Feb and 2 April

Practice Education 2
Location Bishop Otter Campus, Chichester
Day Workshops 10.00 – 16.00 on 19 Nov 2013, 4 Feb 2014, 25 March, 29 April, 10 June

Modules - PG Diploma

  • How to Conduct Research

plus (options)

  • Core Issues in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
  • Mentoring
  • Developing Resilience
  • Advanced Critical Analysis and Decision Making

Dissertation - MA

18,000 word topic to reflect and contribute to the development of an aspect of Practise Education.

Teaching assessment

The Postgraduate Certificate is a 60 credit course, and therefore comprises one third of the 180 credits required for the award of an MA. You can exit with the award of the Postgraduate Certificate, or may build upon this to complete your Postgraduate Diploma (a further 60 credits). A 60 credit dissertation module will then complete your MA. You can progress through the various levels of the programme at a pace that suits your professional and personal requirements: you may take between three and seven years to complete the full MA.

Should you wish to progress beyond the Postgraduate Certificate the University offers you a choice of professional pathways:

The MA in Practice Education offers modules in Mentoring, Developing Resilience, Advanced Critical Analysis, and Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

The MA in Advanced Professional Practice allows you to combine your Practice Education modules with a choice from a range of university and work-based modules. You may also be able to import courses, or other forms of CPD activity, from elsewhere. This means that you can work towards an award that meets your specific professional development needs and interests

Qualification and course duration

PGCert

part time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Hazel Rumsey
Email
h.rumsey@chi.ac.uk