Practice Education: Stage 1

20 Academic credits at Graduate or Postgraduate level

Who is this course for?

This course is for social workers who wish to teach, supervise, and assess social work students in the workplace during an initial Practice Learning Opportunity within social care related organisations.

Module overview

Practice educators who have successfully passed this module will be able to directly supervise, teach and assess social work students. They will have demonstrated that they have met the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS – the National Guidance) and shown a sound value base as a practice educator.

Practice educators with this module may contribute to a final placement but will not be able to take full responsibility for assessment or act as the practice educator on a day-to-day basis. They will need Stage 2 to be able to take responsibility for this. They will be able to take full responsibility for any other student or be involved in the learning of a final year student in other ways other than being their practice educator.

Module structure

This module is delivered over 5 days spread over a number of weeks and meets the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards.

The teaching covers the setting up of a learning environment, relationship based practice, teaching methods and tools, developing reflective practitioners, supervision, linking theory to practice, managing struggling and failing learners, and assessing practice.

The module is academically assessed at 20 credits through an assignment, and practically assessed through a work-based assessment. This is based on a learning programme devised by the candidate during a Practice Learning Opportunity. The assessment includes a requirement for the candidate to undertake a directly observed supervision of the student, focusing on the assessment of the student's learning from the programme delivered, and to obtain feedback from the student social worker with whom they are working.

Entry requirements

You must be a registered social worker working in a social care or social work setting and must have been working as a qualified social worker for a minimum of 2 years.

You need to be able to study at Graduate or Postgraduate level, so should have some professionally related qualifications which are either externally accredited or accredited within your organisation as a minimum.

How to apply

For the Practice Education Stage 1 and 2 modules, most people are sponsored by their organisations who are wishing to offer practice learning opportunities to students on University Social Work Degree programmes. For this reason you will normally need to liaise with the Learning and Development Department of your organisation who will organise the application process for you.

If you are not being sponsored by your organisation then you will need to ensure that you have a social work student to work with, the time to work with them, and a mentor/assessor to both assist in your work with the student and to observe your practice. You can then complete an application form which is available in the programme office (T: 0121 414 9086; E:

Further information


  • £874 (for 1 person)
  • £761 (each if more than 1 person attends from the same agency)


Autumn Term

17 September, 1, 15 October, 26, 27 November 2019.
Application Deadline: 26 July 2019

Winter Term

14, 15, 21 January, 11, 12 February 2020
Application Deadline: 22 November 2019

Summer Term

28, 29, 30 April, 28, 29 May 2020
Application deadline: 6 March 2020

Contact / more information

To discuss an application, or any other aspect of the course, please contact:

Tamsin Waterhouse
Tel: +44(0)121 414 6227

For course dates, costs, application forms or other administrative matters, please contact:

Sean Swift
Programme Adminstrator
Tel: +44(0)121 414 9086