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Practice Education (Stages 1 and 2) (short course)

Why study this course?

If you are a practicing social worker with at least two years of experience, then this course will enable you to learn how to supervise, teach and assess social work students up to and including their last placement. The course has been designed to conform to the professional requirements and competencies for Stage 1 and 2 (combined) of the Practice Educator Professional standards for Social Work (PEPS), (TCSW, 2012). 

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If you are an experienced social worker, this course is designed to further develop your knowledge and skills as a Practice Educator (PE), with opportunities to share different techniques and understanding with other PEs. We aim to:

  • transfer your knowledge and skills of social work practice to practice education
  • develop your understanding of the principles of adult learning, supervision processes, methods of assessment planning and decision making within an explicit anti-oppressive framework
  • help you reflect critically on supervision and teaching techniques

You'll be taught through a combination of lectures, our online learning tool weblearn, seminars and workshops, and will have the support of a personal tutor.

On completion, you’ll have the authority and capability to recommend, using appropriate evidence, whether your students are fit to practice once qualified.

London Met is the preferred provider of social work in 2017 for the North East London commissioning panel, representing the Social Work Development Partnership of five local authorities, ensuring teaching excellence and access to a ready-made network of other social work professionals.


You'll be assessed through a range of tools, and you'll be expected to maintain a regular reflective learning log of your experiences of teaching and assessing your student, in order to plan and monitor your student's progress, and reflect on your own learning from the experience.

Assignments will include individual and group activities, case-study work, presentations, progress exercises, coursework and direct observations of the candidate's practice.

You'll also be assessed via a portfolio, which evaluates the ways in which you managed the student learning and assessment process and includes your evidence-based recommendation as to whether your student is fit to practice once qualified. Other elements include a report by a practice assessor who will assess you twice during the course, and a feedback report from your social work student on your performance as a teacher, assessor and supervisor.

On successful completion, you will attain 30 credits at postgraduate level (Level 7) and be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Practice Education.

Professional accreditation

The course has been designed to conform to the professional requirements and competencies for Stage 1 and 2 (combined) of the Practice Educator Professional standards for Social Work (PEPS), (TCSW, 2012). 

You must be:

  • able to offer practice learning opportunities that are appropriate to London Metropolitan University social work students
  • a registered social worker with at least two years’ experience post-qualification
  • currently working in a social care setting

The course will involve: 

  • understanding learning and teaching in higher education from a range of theoretical frameworks, identifying and meeting workforce development needs, and understanding research methods
  • ongoing critical analysis of up-to-date policy development and practices in order to encourage and build on reflective practice learning and teaching in the field
  • reviewing professional codes of ethics and underlying ethical concepts and methods of ethical decision-making
  • supervising a social work student against the Professional Capability Framework (PCF)(The College of Social Work, 2012) for 70 or 100 days
  • participating in interviews of potential candidates for entry on to our Social Work BSc and Social Work MSc courses
  • offering live supervision to current students with two-way feedback
  • delivering teaching sessions on reflective practice and reflective writing
  • role-playing case scenarios from practice, with students’ participation


One free place is offered on the course for each social work placement provided to London Metropolitan University social work students by our partners.

How to apply

For an application form or further information, please contact the programme convenor, Catherine Schumann:

T: +44 (0)20 7133 5021

When to apply

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