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Short course Practice Educator PQSW

Course summary

Practice Education Stage 1 & 2 and Practice Education Stage 2 are part of the post qualifying Social Work provision at UEL. Our courses are for qualified social workers who want to supervise students qualifying for their BA (Hons) Social Work or MA Social Work courses during their placements.

We run these courses in partnership with Local Authorities. It is a regulatory body requirement that our practice educators are qualified to an appropriate level in line with The Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPs). 

To apply for the courses you must have a social work qualification and be registered with Social Work England. You must have at least two years post qualifying experience at the point of application and have approval from your agency to host a UEL student on placement for either 70 or 100 days. In exchange for placements, fees for practice education courses are adjusted.

These courses are linked to your professional requirement as a social worker to provide evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of your continued registration with the social work regulator, Social Work England. They are also mapped to the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) for Social Work.

Practice Educator Courses are offered via two routes:

1. Practice Education can be taken via the short course route. For September 2020, the short course route is available for Practice Educator Stage 2 only. To apply for Practice Educator Stage 2 you will need to have successfully completed Practice Educator Stage 1 either at UEL or another university.

2. We now also offer combined Practice Education Stage 1 & 2 as a single 60 credit module in the MA Post Qualifying Professional Practice programme. Through this route, you can gain a specialist PG Certificate in Practice Education.

To apply for the PG Certificate in Practice Education, apply via the MA in Post Qualifying Professional Practice Programme webpage, and specify that you are applying for the PG Certificate in Practice Education award.

In your personal statement, please include your reasons for wanting to undertake professional development in this specialist area. Please provide details of how you can offer learning opportunities for a qualifying social work student, and how you can take on the role of supervising and assessing a student in line with national Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPs).

For further information on the new combined Practice Education 1 & 2 course, please contact the module leader, Ann Davies at 

Course dates:

  • Friday 4th September 2020
  • Wednesday 9th September 2020
  • Thursday 10th September 2020
  • Friday 16th October 2020
  • Tuesday 17th November 2020
  • Friday 8th January 2021
  • Thursday 25th February 2021
  • Tuesday 23rd March 2021
  • Friday 30th April 2021

Teaching may be located at either the UEL Docklands Campus or the UEL Stratford Campus or online – TBC.

This is a 10 day taught course, with a flexible day of online learning in December 2020


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Days of teaching

The course is a 10 day taught course, including 9 full days of classroom teaching and 1 day of online learning.

Continued Professional Development

This course meets the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements as set by Social Work England.


Entry requirements

You must have been working in post-qualifying social work practice for at least 2 years.

What you'll learn

The Practice Educator courses are accredited MA-level courses. You can study the Practice Educator Stage 2 stand-alone short course worth 30 credits, or study them as a combined module worth 60 credits as part of our MA Post Qualifying Professional Practice. The combined Stage 1 & 2 module can be used as a building block for a Postgraduate Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma or a Master of Arts course. 

In 2018 we introduced a combined PEP Stages 1 & 2 module in the MA Post Qualifying Professional Practice programme. You will be expected to supervise and assess a student on a social work placement of either 70 or 100 days. The course comprises classroom teaching and online learning led by lecturer and practice educator Ann Davies. Sessions will feature group discussions to promote a reflective approach to the task of practice education.

Teaching and learning will cover: preparing an induction programme, adult learning theory, reflective supervision, and holistic assessment. Content in relation to anti-oppressive practice will be embedded within the teaching and learning material. You will also learn how to develop teaching and learning tools to support a social work student.

Your future career

Studying this course offers you the opportunity to update your skills in social work interventions and deepen your knowledge base about current research and practice in contemporary practice education. You can also apply for accredited prior learning through UEL’s AEL system to help you progress towards achieving postgraduate awards.

The course forms part of the post-qualifying structure and pathways to a Master of Arts. 


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