Social Work Practice Educator Training Programme - 20 credits

Course Code:
SOW7001, SOW7002
Short Course (8 months)
November 2018
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The Social Work Practice Educator Training Programme has been developed into two standalone 20 credit modules for Stage 1 or Stage 2, at level 7 (Masters). It is designed to facilitate the Practice Education Professional Standards (PEPS) and Domains required at both Stages 1 and 2 by The College of Social Work (TCSW) for professional Social Work Education.

What's covered in the course?

The course has been developed to facilitate the social work reforms and concomitant changes required of registered professionals supporting the practice teaching and assessment of those undertaking professional social work education at qualifying and post qualifying levels.

It takes account of the enhanced expectations of employer stakeholder of its staff and students; and at the same time, it ensures that they are appropriately supported and enabled to continue their professional development.

The programme design and outcomes have therefore been structured to accommodate both the employer and TCSW requirements to prepare Practice Educators at both Stages 1 and 2 with structured and extensive tutorial support. In addition all candidates will be allocated an experienced academic tutor and a Practice Educator Mentor. They will also have access to our Personal Development Department and a Disability Tutor.

Why Choose Us?

  • The Social Work Practice Educator Training Programme has been integrated into a standalone 20 credit module at Master’s level 7.
  • The course is designed to facilitate the Practice Education Professional Standards Domains and Core Values required at both Stages 1 and 2 by the College of Social Work (TCSW) for professional Social Work Education.
  • The course has been developed to facilitate the social work reforms.
  • The course seeks to respond to the concomitant changes required of registered professionals in the field of social care.
  • The course will provide learning opportunities to professionals, supporting the practice teaching and assessment of students, undertaking professional social work education at qualifying and post qualifying levels.


This course is worth...

20 credits


This course costs...


This course is not open to International students

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Nov 2018 SC 8 months £656

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

Online application and enrolment process
  1. Complete an online application form via the link. The form requires you to submit a completed authorised funding form which must be uploaded with the application. Alternatively, you can download a hard copy application form.
  2. When your submitted application form has been processed and approved, details of the module and enrolment details will be sent to the email address stated on your application form.
  3. You will be sent an email asking you to complete your online pre-enrolment. This must be completed before you enrol.
  4. Without proof of funding, you will not be able to complete your enrolment/receive online pre-enrolment email.  The funding form must be received within four weeks of the enrolment date; otherwise you will be withdrawn from the course.

Please submit your application as early as possible. We aim to give you a decision within two weeks of receiving your application. Please note that NHS Trust application deadlines may differ from our own and you should check with your NHS Trust training/education contact for confirmation of their deadlines.

Please ensure that you include full details of your qualifications and relevant work experience as part of your application.

Method of payment

The method of payment of your course fees will differ depending on whether you are a self-funding, sponsored or contracted/commissioned applicant. Definitions are provided below and you must choose the appropriate option when prompted. If you are unsure which funding method applies to you please consult your training/education contact in your NHS Trust prior to applying:

1) Self-funding

You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.

Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.

2) Sponsored

Course fees are paid directly by the employer/NHS Trust which means we invoice your employer/NHS Trust to obtain payment.

To apply for this course you must download and complete the CPD Sponsorship Agreement Form, and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Sponsored (eg employer, NHS Trust, charity)’ when making your application’.

Download Financial Support Form Instructions

3) Contracted/Commissioned

The NHS Trust agrees with HE West Midlands for your course fees to be paid directly to the University from funds managed by HE West Midlands for pre-agreed programmes.

To apply for this course you must obtain a contracted/commissioned financial support form from your Trust contact and upload the completed form and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Funded by HE West Midlands (Contracted/Commissioned)’ when making your application.

Please read the 'Online application and enrolment process' and 'Method of payment' information below before making your application.

Sorry, this course is not available part-time

Course structure

The Social Work Practice Educator Training programme has been developed in consultation with practice partner agencies to maximise effective completion rates of the programme and to ensure value for money at a time of budget constraints.

The content is mapped against the College of Social Work, Practice Educator Professional Standards, Domains and the Core Values.

Candidates will develop skills and knowledge in enabling and supporting the practice supervision of social work degree students.

The delivery of this programme is predicated upon a project management framework to enable the progressive acquisition of the requisite knowledge skill and values to effectively create and asses a structured learning environment to support social work degree students.

Upon completion of the Social Work Practice Educator Training programme, candidates should be equipped to undertake the relevant specific duties of teaching, enable, supervising and assessing a social work degree student and/or ASYE in their respective learning environment.

The programme will be supported by a Social Work Practice Education Panel comprised of experienced academics and practice stakeholders, to enhance quality assurance and approval of candidates through each of the relevant stages.


The Social Work Practice Educator Training programme has been developed in consultation with practice partner agencies to ensure successful completion rates of the programme, and to recognise that employers are seeking high standards in the climate of limited resources.

Upon successful completion of Stage 1 Practice Educator Training programme, these Practice Educators will be able to supervise, teach and assess social work degree students up to but not including the final assessment prior to qualification. At this stage they may contribute to the last placement but not take full responsibility for assessment or act as the practice educator on a day-day basis.

Upon successful completion of Stage 2, Practice Educator Training programme these Practice Educators will be able to supervise, teach and assess social work degree students up to and including the last placement. In effect, these practice educators will have the authority and capability to recommend, on the basis of appropriate evidence, that social work students are fit to practise at the point of qualification.


Formative assessment will take place throughout the teaching and learning journey.

There are two elements of summative assessment:

1) Practice Portfolio.

Candidates will be assessed by a Designated Practice Educator, over a minimum period of 50 days during the programme and will be required to demonstrate their practice experience as it relates to the relevant domains.

2) Written Assignment - 2,500 words.


All candidates will be required to access and be supported by a designated practice educator in their employing agency to act as their supervised assessor for the practice element of the practice educator programme.

The duration of the placement will be at least 50 days during which time the candidate will be given the opportunities to prepare for and demonstrate their competence and capabilities for the respective domains.

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

A fly through of the £41 million expansion of our City South Campus. It will provide specialist laboratories and teaching spaces for the new life sciences courses and a new home for the School of Education.

Science education facilities

Our laboratory and Science Education Learning Room have been newly built for the start of the 2015/16 academic year. The Science Education Lab will enable trainees to encounter and explore the latest Science Education pedagogies, and together with the Science Learning Room will facilitate trainees’ transition from “subject expert” to “expert subject teacher”. Trainees will work in a fully hands-on way with the core science education materials to develop excellent subject and pedagogic knowledge - the twin attributes of the outstanding teacher.


City North is a big, bustling campus, three miles north of Birmingham city centre. It's easy to get to and offers on-site parking. Located 5 minutes from Perry Barr train station, City North Campus is also ideally positioned along major bus routes.

The School of Education will be moving to City South Campus in Edgbaston during the 2017/18 academic year.

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New developments

Our new development at City South Campus will ensure students have access to the modern facilities, including our specially developed replica classrooms with interactive whiteboards, enabling you to experience the classroom environment.


All our departmental facilities replicate the school learning environment.

  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology
  • History
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Religious Education
  • Music
  • Drama

IT Support

Each student has a personal computer user name and server space Specific software for use by teachers and for use in classrooms.

Other items available include:

  • Training and training notes
  • Students can borrow cameras, LCD projector
  • Specialist technician support
  • Dedicated research base for postgraduate research students

Art and Design Department

There are fully equipped art studios suitable for 3D construction, printmaking, drawing and mixed-media. For textile and ceramics specialists, there are sewing machines and facilities for batik work and a large kiln for firing ceramics. The department has an ICT Suite for digital media that includes both Mac and PC computers. There is also access to a bank of Apple iPads for on and off-site digital working including the use of social media.

Design and Technology Department

The department has access to specialist facilities, including a dedicated teaching suite for food and textiles. The textiles area has 10 sewing machines, an overlocker, CAD/CAM embroidery machines, dye sublimation equipment, a felting machine and an electronic microscope that links to the interactive whiteboard. It is also well resourced with surface decoration and construction equipment.

The food area has five electric cookers, combination microwave/ovens, an extensive range of industrial and domestic equipment, eg industrial ice cream makers and electric pasta makers, bench top printer and a CAD/CAM icing printer. The specialist tutor is a Speed Step and basic food hygiene trainer.

There is a specialist room for design and technology teaching and independent work, as well as a well-stocked reference library that contains a wide range of resources that are relevant for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Other features include a recycling materials area, specialist work benches and a bank of computers linked directly to CAD/CAM equipment.

History Department

There are plenty of replica artefacts in the department and other superb facilities, including a huge library of dedicated subject books and an interactive whiteboard. We also inspire our trainee teachers to bring history to life by offering them opportunities to travel to historic sites.

English Department

The School of Education has two dedicated English teaching rooms that contain a substantial children's collection of works including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, picture books and multicultural text. There is also a selection of phonics teaching materials, puppets and story bags that are used in teaching sessions.

You can explore the links between ICT and literacy through the department's Digital Blue cameras and electronic photo albums.

Mathematics Department

There are two dedicated teaching rooms for mathematics. The rooms make use of Promethean and Smart interactive white boards. Both rooms contain a library of recent and relevant publications as well as a wide range of resources for use while on teaching practice.

Trainees are supplied with the use of a laptop for the duration of the course. The laptops come with Autograph and Geometers Sketchpad software. There are a class set of iPads available for the teaching sessions.

Religious Education Department

This teaching room attempts to bring sacredness in its vicinities and a visitor will find precious collections of artefacts and devotional utilities, audio-visual resources, books, sacred texts and children's books from a range of religious traditions to support learning and teaching.

Early Years Department

As well as enjoying very strong links with local schools and specialist nurseries, we have a specialist teaching room that has a range of story sacks and puppets, an extensive selection of planning resources, copies of key texts, and toys and equipment that are relevant for foundation stage.

Music Department

The music department has two dedicated classrooms and seven practice rooms, five of which contain dedicated computer-based recording/sequencing equipment. There is also a fully equipped sound recording studio and Apple Mac computers for sound manipulation.

Drama Department

There is a fully equipped drama studio with stage lighting.

Val Sylvester

Senior Lecturer/Programme Director

Team member of the teaching team on the following modules taught on the BSc(Hons) Social Work Programme:

  • Introduction to Social Work (Level 4)
  • Anti-Discriminatory Practice (Level 4)
  • Human Growth and Behavior (Level 4)
  • Skills and Readiness for Direct Practice (Level 4)
  • Theories and Method (Level 5)
  • First Practice Placement (Level 5)
  • Introduction to Research Methods (Level 5)
  • Evidence Informed Practice (Level 6)

Module Coordinator for the following two modules on the BSc(Hons) Social Work programme:

  • Last Practice Placement (LPP) (Level 6)
  • Critical Reflective Practice (Level 6)

Programme Director for the Social Work Practice Educator Training Programme,(SWPET) (Masters Level 7).

Course Leader: Val Sylvester

Tel: +44 (0)121 331 7034

Admissions Office

Tel: +44 (0)121 331 5000

Professional Navigators

Our Professional Navigators, Adele Millington and Nicola Clarke, are also on hand to offer guidance and will help you to choose which modules are best for you, taking into account your aims, professional or clinical experience, KSF requirements and your academic achievements.

Call Adele and Nicola Clarke on 0121 331 6162.

Professional practice routes

Have a look at all of our Professional Practice Healthcare routes available.

Professional Practice Routes

UK prospective students:

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+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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