Practice Education in Social Work

Practice Education in Social Work

Level 7, 20 Credits

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 length

The year-long module includes five taught days for theory teaching and two recall days at LJMU. There are usually two intakes per year: one in the summer and one in the autumn. Contact the module leader for details.

Course structure

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.

Course cost

The total cost for this course is £840


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

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.

Study dates

This CPD will not be running 2020-2021.


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.
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
CPD award

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

How to apply

Please apply using the online application form selecting Postgraduate Taught from the Level of Entry drop down.

Further information

Further details are available in our CPD courses for healthcare professionals brochure.

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Health
Liverpool John Moores University
Henry Cotton Building
15-21 Webster Street
Liverpool L3 2ET
T: 0151 231 5829

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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