CPD Practice Education in Social Work

Level 7 (postgraduate), 20 Credits

Start dates

To be confirmed

Course length

To be confirmed

Course cost

Total cost: £840


City campus

Faculty of Health:

0151 231 5829


Course aim

This part time course will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to plan and deliver learning opportunities for assessed competence in social work practice.

The Social Work Task Force made the following Recommendations in their 'One Year On' report in December 2010:

“All (social work) students must be taught and assessed by qualified and experienced social workers. Non social work professionals can continue to contribute to teaching and assessing students but cannot undertake the final assessment themselves. From October 2013 all practice educators of social work students should be registered social workers and demonstrate that they have met the new practice education benchmark standards. The standards set out requirements at two stages, recognising the different levels of complexity and responsibility in teaching, assessing and supervising students.”

This course is a combined programme, covering both stage 1 and 2, allowing you to support and supervise social work students undertaking first and final placements.

Course content

This module will enable you to plan effective learning opportunities within your organisation. 

You will be able to:

  • critically evaluate factors that influence the development of an effective and appropriate learning environment
  • apply theories of adult learning, assessment and supervision to practice
  • critically analyse models of supervision and evaluation that meet agency guidelines and safeguard and protect service users and their carers
  • critically reflect upon your own professional development and performance as a practice educator

Your formative assessment will be facilitated through regular feedback and reflection in class-based exercises and tutorials as well as from direct observations of your professional practice.

Completing this module will enable you to meet Domain A, B, C and D of the Practice Education Professional Standard for Social Work, the College of Social Work 2013.

Teaching and learning

You will receive individual tutorial support throughout the course. While completing this course, you will need to supervise a pre-qualifying social work student in order to complete this award. You must also be observed twice giving practice education supervision.

There are five taught days focused on theory and two recall days, delivered at the University.

Entry requirements

  • Applicants must be registered social workers with a minimum of 3 years' experience in a social care setting or other related environment
  • Applicants must have been registered for at least 2 of the 3 years' experience


You will be assessed via:

  • A critical and reflective account of how you have supported and assessed student learning. (2500 words) 60% of total mark
  • The development of a practice curriculum and a 300-word commentary. (40% of total mark)
  • Two records of ‘observation of practice education supervision’ and your personal reflections on the observed practices
  • Practice Learning Assessment Report. You need to hand in the Holistic Assessment of the student, which is part of the Practice Learning Assessment

CPD award

This Continuing Professional Development programme is stand-alone and is not within a wider award framework.

Further information

Information is available in our CPD for healthcare professionals brochure.

For further information please contact:

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Health
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829
E: Health@ljmu.ac.uk

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.

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