Practice Education 1

30 credits at level 7 (Postgraduate/Masters)

The module is designed to be relevant for those who support, mentor and assess student social workers and others engaging in formal and informal learning or development activities. It aims to equip practitioners with the necessary skills, values and knowledge to enable them to become effective Practice Educators.

It is made up of three blocks of study. The three blocks are studied sequentially. Students will be expected to engage with current research literature, demonstrate originality in the application of knowledge to practice, an in depth understanding of the knowledge base and a critical awareness of current issues in professional practice education. Block one focuses on managing and developing opportunities for learning and assessment in practice; block two considers enabling learning and professional development, and block three focuses on managing the assessment of learners in practice. Students are expected to produce a practice curriculum for the agency/workplace.

This module meets the requirements of Stage 1 of the Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work (Social Work Reform Board, 2010) which is a requirement for teaching, assessing and supervising social work degree students.

For this module there is a minimum post qualification experience requirement of two years.

Learning and Teaching

There will be a variety of teaching/ learning opportunities, including lectures, workshops, action learning sets, tutorials, and individual, self-directed learning. Students will be supported to engage with the research literature. Individual tutorials aim to ensure that students are planning their studies, practice and assessment events, enabling them to meet all the learning outcomes.


Students are required to complete two pieces of written work, equivalent to 8000 words in total:

  • Practice Analysis 1 is a reflective account of the preparation and planning required for a work-based placement. Students are expected to provide supporting evidence (for example, a practice curriculum for the workplace and a learning agreement). This is worth 30% of the overall module grade.
  • Practice Analysis 2 focuses on analysing practice in relation to supporting students' learning whilst on placement and in relation to assessing students’ capability in a practice setting. A direct observation of practice is required. This makes up the remaining 70% of the overall grade.

To pass students must achieve a minimum of 50% in each assessment element.

Course Dates

Next cohort: 06 September 2016 (Lincoln)

The course is comprised of 5 full days of teaching, usually delivered over a period of 5 months.

Cohort dates for this course and other scheduled modules may be found in the PDF document attached. Dates for the next academic year are generally agreed upon in around March of the previous year and can be accessed from that time via the website or by contacting the Professional Development Centre, at

This module is worth 30 credits therefore suggestive of 300 hours of study in total, made of the aforementioned class attendance, combined with completion of assessments, reading and other study.

Closing date for applications

The closing date for applications is 1 month before the start date.

How to Apply 

Entry Requirements 


We will confirm with you at least 4 weeks prior to the programme start date if you have been allocated a place.

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