Practice Education: Stage 2

20 Academic credits at Graduate or Postgraduate levels

Who is this course for?

This course is for social workers who are experienced in supervising and assessing social work students in the workplace and wish to develop their knowledge and skills of: supervising, mentoring, and assessing social work students on Practice Learning Opportunities in social care related organisations; supporting and mentoring other practice educators; and mentoring and supervising other members of staff. It builds on the Practice Education: Stage 1 module.

Module overview

Practice educators who have successfully passed this module will have demonstrated competence to supervise, teach, and assess social work students up to and including the final placement. They will have demonstrated and provided evidence of how they met the Stage 2 Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) and shown a sound value base as a practice educator.

This course extends and deepens the knowledge gained from the Practice Education: Stage 1 module and specifically equips you to manage, teach and assess social work students for practice learning opportunities (PLOs) in the workplace. It also equips candidates to support and lead other less experienced practice educators, and to supervise, teach, and assess other developing members of staff, for example newly qualified social workers in their Assessed and Supervised Year of Employment (ASYE).

Module structure

This module is delivered over a period of 5 days and takes a blended learning approach.  There are three taught days at the University and two days in which candidates undertake practice reinforcing activities. 

The blended covers all the necessary elements to meet the requirements for the Practice Educator Professional Framework Stage 2 Domains, the Professional Capability Framework, and the HCPC Statements of Proficiency, and Values and Ethics for Social Workers.  The blended learning covers an overview of organising and managing practice learning opportunities, developing working relationships, teaching techniques, supervising staff, working with struggling and failing learners, collecting and assessing evidence, and developing yourself as a practice educator.

The module is academically assessed at 20 credits through 4 reflective accounts of approximately 1000 words each (4,000 words in total), and practically assessed through a portfolio of work-based evidence. The assessment includes a requirement for the candidate to be directly observed teaching the learner, and to obtain feedback from the learner 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.

To undertake this module you must take full responsibility for a Practice Learning Opportunity for a social work student, or if this was fulfilled at Stage 1, you can take responsibility for an NQSW undertaking the ASYE, an AMHP student, or another qualified worker being assessed against the PCF.

You must have already demonstrated you have met the requirements for Stage 1 in the Practice Educator Professional Standards either through an appropriate Practice Educator Stage 1 programme or through considerable experience of being a practice educator.

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 from Chloe Stamper (T: 0121 4149086; E:

The Non-Credited Route

We run this module as both a credited route, providing 20 academic credits at Level H or M, or as a non-credited route, providing a candidate with a certificate. The non-credited route does not require candidates to submit an academic assignment, although it does require candidates to submit a portfolio of work-based evidence. Both routes provide successful candidates with the Stage 2 qualification meaning they would be able to act as a practice educator for any social work student.

The non-credited route is open to any candidate who has considerable experience of working with social work students, which means they would need to have taken full responsibility for the assessment of at least 5 students. It may be attractive to candidates who have no need for academic credits or practice educators who have considerable experience of working with students but need to complete the Stage 2 module. This will be a reduced fee—please call for details.

Regaining currency for out-of-date qualifications

All Practice Educators need to take full responsibility for a social work student at least once every 2 years (or 3 years if they have also been involved in assessing ASYEs) for their qualification to be con-sidered current. Those who have not met this requirement are able to attend the teaching days without the need to submit an assignment or portfolio and will be issued with a certificate which regains currency to their qualification. This will be a reduced fee—please call for details.

Further information


  • £850 (for 1 person)
  • £740 (each if more than 1 person attends from the same agency)
  • Less £100 for the non-credited route
  • Less £300 to attend training to regain currency


Autumn Term
Taught days: 3 October and 12, 13 November 2018
Off-site learning: 14 November 2018 plus 1 further day of blended learning; date to be identified by the candidate.
Application Deadline: 14 August 2018

Winter Term
Taught days: 30 January, 25, 26 February 2019
Off-site learning: 27 February 2019 plus 1 further day of blended learning; date to be identified by the candidate.
Application Deadline: 4 December 2018

Summer Term
Taught days: 30 January, 25, 26 February 2019
Off-site learning: February 2019 plus 1 further day of blended learning; date to be identified by the candidate.
Application Deadline: 4 December 2018

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:

Chloe Stamper
Programme Adminstrator
Tel: +44(0)121 414 9086