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Social Work Practice Educator Training Programme - 20 credits

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

Fees & How to Apply

  • International students

Award:

Starting: Nov 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 8 months
  • £720 per 20 credit module

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

This module has been developed to meet the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS), ‘The College of Social Work’ (TSCW 2012). The Social Work Practice Training Programme is designed to enhance the quality and training of candidates, in their development to become a qualified Practice Educators for Stage (1).

The Domains have different outcomes for Stage 1.

Stage 1- Domain A-C

All Candidates eligibility for each stage is based on their post qualifying experience, should normally be Registered Social Workers (RSWs) working in social work or social care settings in the statutory, private, voluntary or independent sector, including the experience of supervision or enabling others.

Stage1 is open to RSWs with at least 2 years post qualifying experience in Social Work Practice, with extensive experience in the role as a Practice Educator of social work degree students and enabling of others.

This module has been developed to meet the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS), ‘The College of Social Work’ (TSCW 2012). The Social Work Practice Training Programme is designed to enhance the quality and training of candidates, in their development to become a qualified Practice Educators for Stage (2).

The Domains have different outcomes for Stage 2.

Stage 2- Domain A-D

SWPET Stage 2 will be open only to RSWs who have experience supervising social work degree students or the enabling of others and at least 3 years post qualifying experience. Stage 2 practice educators will also be able to contribute to the support and assessment of colleagues undertaking the Assessed and Support Year in Employment (ASYE).

Those candidates seeking to directly access SWPET Stage 2 will have to provide evidence of achieving the Stage 1 Domains through the successful achievements of the PET Stage 1 Module, Enabling Others 1 from another HEI or its equivalent.

Candidates will also need to secure employer agreement to ensure that a Designated Practice Educator has been allocated to support their engagement and preparation in the Training Programme with a specific brief to facilitate the teaching, learning and assessment of TCSW capabilities for the respective Domains. This will also include the allocation of a Social Work Degree or an ASYE student to be supervised by the Candidate within the practice learning setting to develop and demonstrate their PEPS capabilities.

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 and Staff

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 million on new learning facilities.

As part of these plans, the University's Education provision joined the rest of the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences at our City South Campus in Edgbaston in 2018.

Campus

In addition to classrooms, a lecture theatre, social learning spaces, an open access IT suite and cafe facilities, the new £41 million extension to our City South Campus offers a range of specialist teaching and learning facilities for specific subjects including science, design and technology, drama and physical education.  

Departments

All our departmental facilities replicate the school learning environment.

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

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. 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.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Our staff

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).

More about Val

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.