SWK-7037A PRACTICE EDUCATION IN SOCIAL WORK (top-up module) 2019-20

Module Leader : Richard Brook (richard.brook@uea.ac.uk)

Module teacher : tbc

Credit value : 20 MA credits

Module Fee : tbc

Submission of summative assessed work : May 2020

Credits from this module can be put towards a Postgraduate Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma the MA in Advanced Social Work or MA Mental Health. Applications are open to social workers with at least one year’s post-qualified experience.



The full Practice Education programme supports experienced social work practitioners in supervising, mentoring, and assessing social work students and newly qualified social workers. This top-up module is for candidates who are qualified to level 1 of the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) and are experienced in supervising learners on placement. Candidates will evidence all the requirements of PEPS and successful completion will entitle you to register as a Practice Educator with the local authority.

Candidates will, as part of the module, act as Practice Educator for a student on a qualifying programme or a supervisor of a newly qualified social worker on the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme, with the support of a mentor.

This module can be taken as a stand-alone PEPS qualification programme, or as part of a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, or the MA in Advanced Social Work.



Social workers who have been qualified and practising for at least two years and can work at Masters level academically. Applicants for this module must be able to provide evidence that they have successfully completed an assessed programme of qualification at PEPS level 1, have relevant experience of supervising learners on placement and that they have the approval of their employing agency to complete a ‘top up’ module.



  • To create learning environments in which learners can achieve their professional goals.
  • To support learners to evidence their capability under the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF), Standards of Proficiency (SoP) and Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS).
  • To understand and apply adult learning theories.
  • To deliver high quality reflective supervision.
  • To recognise and assess good quality practice in relation to the PCF, SoP and KSS, and to make professional judgments about learner’s performance.
  • To give constructive feedback.
  • Demonstrate the requirements of the Practice Educator professional Standards (PEPS) level 2.



The curriculum will address the following areas:

  • Managing and supporting placements.
  • Supervision, mentoring and coaching skills.
  • Adult learning theory.
  • Supporting students in using social work theory in practice
  • Managing difficulties in placement
  • Assessment skills and application of professional judgement to assess the capabilities of qualifying students.



The module is delivered via a blend of face to face teaching, mentor support and independent study. All teaching sessions will take place in Norwich and Chelmsford.



Assessment consists of a 3,500 word essay and a portfolio of practice evidence. 

  • Self-assessment report. (May 2020). The self-assessment report will evidence your achievement of the four domains of the Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work.
  • Practice Portfolio assessment. (May 2020) You will compile a brief portfolio containing evidence of your practical ability as a practice educator / supervisor, including your mentor’s direct observations of your practice and final report.



(Candidates will attend at least three of the main PE module teaching days, by agreement with the module leader)

A full programme of teaching for the area in which you are based (Norfolk/Suffolk or Essex) will be supplied upon registration.

Venues to be confirmed


MODULE FEES (20 academic credits) Please note that mentoring fees must be met by the employer (or by the candidate) and are not included in the programme fees.



For employment-based applications, please contact your staff development officer. For independent applicants, please contact the Learning and Teaching Service, Postgraduate Learning and Teaching Hub (ZICER Building): 01603 592071.

Please wait until you have approval from your agency before you enrol.

Applications for 2019-20 should be submitted to UEA by:

Please be aware that teaching, assessment dates and venues, are subject to change. All up to date information will be available via your UEA Evision account once you are enrolled onto the module.