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Social Work Practice Educator Training Programme - 20 credits

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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 (formerly, The College of Social Work (TCSW) for professional Social Work Education, refreshed by BASW 2018).

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  • Level Short Course
  • Study mode Short Course
  • Location City South
  • School School of Education and Social Work
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences

Overview

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 (formerly, The College of Social Work (TCSW) for professional Social Work Education, refreshed by BASW 2018).

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this 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 consists of two separately independent  standalone 20 credit modules 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) (refreshed by BASW 2018), 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

Studying with us during the Covid-19 pandemic

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses. Should the impact of the pandemic continue in future years, any additional or alternative arrangements put in place by the University will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

Fees & How to Apply

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  • UK Student
  • International Student

UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

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Starting: Nov 2022

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 8 months
  • £756 per 20 credit module

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.

Online application and enrolment process

  1. Complete the online application form above.
  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. If you employer is funding this course they will need to review and approve this before you are offered a place on the course, please speak to your employer if funding has not been confirmed.

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.

Course in Depth

Level 7

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.

Employability

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.

Facilities & Staff

Our facilities

Our School of Education and Social Work is based at our City South campus in leafy Edgbaston.

We’ve spent £41million expanding the education facilities at City South. These facilities offer hands-on practical experience, replicating the spaces you will come across in professional practice. Alongside classrooms and lecture theatres, we also have a range of specialist teaching and learning spaces for specific subjects including science, design and technology, drama and physical education.

As well as subject-specific rooms, our facilities include the Primary Innovation Lab, which houses £24,000 worth of LEGO. This room is a special resource for our education students, offering an innovative and creative way to approach subjects across the curriculum – from computing to English, mathematics to art. The lab responds to research that children and young people learn best from practical experience.

Our Social Work students have access to a home environment room and mock hospital wards which offer an opportunity to gain experience of working with service users in different situations.

Computer facilities

The Seacole building has two open-access IT Suites which offer PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. There is also an IT Helpdesk for quick and easy help with your computing or internet issues.

Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

In addition to desktop PCs, we also offer a laptop loan facility, allowing students to borrow a laptop for up to six hours while on campus.

Our staff

Dr. Val Sylvester

Senior Lecturer/SWPET Programme Lead

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...

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Enquiries

Course Leader: Val Sylvester

Tel: +44 (0)121 331 7034
Email: val.sylvester@bcu.ac.uk

Admissions Office

Tel: +44 (0)121 331 5000
Email: NMSW.admissions@bcu.ac.uk

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.