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

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Why study this course?

If you're a practising social worker with at least two years of experience this course will enable you to learn how to supervise, teach and assess social work students up to (and during) 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). 

More about this course

If you're 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 explicitly 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. You'll also 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 practise once qualified.

London Met was the 2017 "preferred provider" of the North East London (NEL) commissioning panel, representing the social work development partnership of five local authorities, ensuring teaching excellence and access to a network of other social work professionals.


You'll be assessed through a range of tools and 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 as well as 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 your practice.

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

Fees and key information

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Entry requirements

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

Course structure

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, 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 onto our 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


Further Information

See the Practice Education (stages 1 and 2) flyer  for more information on the course.


To discuss the cost of the programme, please email

How to apply

Please download the Enrolment Form 2019/20 and the Practice Education Programme application form 2019/20 and email them to

For more information, please contact the Course Administrator: 

T: +44 (0)20 7133 3627


When to apply

There is no official closing date for this course, but you are advised to apply as early as possible, as we will only consider your application if there are places available on the course.

All classes take place at London Metropolitan University at 10am to 4.30pm.

The course will start in September 2020 and run on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 9 September
  • Thursday 10 September
  • Wednesday 16 September
  • Wednesday 23 September 
  • Wednesday 7 October
  • Wednesday 11 November
  • Wednesday 25 November
  • Wednesday 13 January
  • Wednesday 20 January
  • Wednesday 10 March
  • Wednesday 24 March
  • Wednesday 5 May
To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.