Study Days for our September intake are:

Tuesday 15 Sept 2020

Tuesday 1 October 2020

Tuesday 3 November 2020

Tuesday 8 December 2020

Tuesday 10 February 2021

Tuesday 16 March 2021

Teaching may be located at one of the UEL campuses or online – TBC

The short Practice Educator - Stage 2 course is for qualified social workers who want to supervise students qualifying for their BA (Hons) Social Work or MA Social Work degrees during their placements.

This course is 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 Health and Care Professions Council. It is mapped to the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) of the College of Social Work.

We run Practice Educator - Stage 2 in partnership with local authorities. It is a regulatory body requirement that our practice educators are qualified to an appropriate level.


The course comprises six days of teaching, led by Dr Jo Finch, Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Programme Leader of the MA and Step up to Social Work courses.

Sessions will feature group discussions to promote a reflective approach to the task of education practice. You will also receive direct guidance on teaching and learning theory, assessing fairly, working with struggling or failing students, and devising teaching and learning tools. 


To be eligible for this course, you must be a qualified and registered social worker with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You also need to have passed the Practice Educator Professional Standards programme Stage 1 - either at UEL or at another university.

You must have a practice assessor (Stage 2 educated) who will act as a mentor to you, carry out two formal direct observations of your supervision, and complete a final report. You will need to make your own arrangements to find a qualified practice assessor, and be responsible for any fees they charge. 


Practice Educator - Stage 2 is an accredited MA-level short course with 30 credits. You can study it flexibly, as a standalone short course with credit, or use it as a building block for a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master of Arts course.

You can also apply for accredited prior learning through UEL's Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) system to progress towards achieving postgraduate awards.

For both the Practice Educator Stage 1 and Stage 2 courses, you will be expected to supervise a student on placement.


Practice Educator - Stage 2 offers you the chance to update your skills in practice interventions, and deepen your knowledge base about current research and policy in contemporary practice.

The course will help update your skills in practice interventions, and deepen your knowledge base about current research and policy in contemporary practice. You will also be able to apply for accredited prior learning through UEL's Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) programme to help you progress towards postgraduate awards.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.