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What makes the Social Work Practice Education PG Award at Worcester special?

The Postgraduate Award in Professional Development: Social Work Education, is designed to provide you with a framework in becoming a Practice Educator. The course will enable you to advance your skills in providing an effective learning environment. You will be given the opportunity to supervise, teach and assess social work degree students who are on placement and to demonstrate your competence in meeting the 4 domains of the Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work (PEPS).

The course provides a continuous professional development framework for social care professionals. Graduates from this programme will be highly competitive candidates for further postgraduate study at MSc, MPhil and PhD level.



Key features

  • A blended learning experience to enable you to engage in face to face teaching and virtual learning, alongside your busy practice
  • Develop fundamental skills required in Practice Education including adult teaching theory, effective supervision, constructing feedback and assessment principles
  • Contemporary theory combined with the competencies needed to undertake complex practice and advance your practice in relation supporting and developing others
  • Modules to develop and challenge your critical reflection, critique and synthesis to inform evidence-based practice
  • Opportunities to explore social work values and develop innovative thinking in a supported environment
  • Develop and demonstrate your competence and capability at an enhanced level
  • Opportunities to evidence your continued professional development as required by Social Work England
  • There are options to study individual modules from this course please contact the course leader for more details
Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants need to be registered social workers with 2 full years post qualifying experience in social work prior to the start of the course and demonstrate that they are practising at BASW (2018) PCF Experienced Social Worker level.

For applicants who are not registered social workers please see alternative courses:

Admissions/selection criteria

The applicant will be offered a place when a member of the course team confirm they meet all the criteria for entry and they have made arrangements to support, supervise and assess a student social worker.

Applicants will need support from their employer as the modules wills involves the applicant supporting a student social worker whilst on placement and assessments from their employers.

Requirements include:

  • Your organisation is suitable for supporting a student social worker
  • Your employer nominates you to do the module
  • You can support a student social worker whilst completing the course
  • You have a Practice Educator Assessor in place

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students with relevant previous study or with extensive experience may be considered eligible for recognition of prior learning. Please contact the Registry Admissions Office for further information or guidance on 01905 855111. Further information on Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

There are options to study individual modules from this course please contact the course leader for more details

Admissions policy

The University aims to provide fair and equal access to university education to all those who have the potential to succeed or benefit from it. The Postgraduate Award in Professional Development: Social Work Practice Education seeks to recruit experienced social work practitioners who are committed to supporting pre-qualifying students.

  • All applications will be via email to the admissions tutor
  • The admissions tutor will ensure entry requirements are met by review of the application form, if necessary asking for supplementary information
  • Applicants will require a reference, usually from their employer, and will need to have full responsibility for supporting, supervising and assessing 2 students throughout the full award.

If you would like any further clarification, please contact the course leader Diane Asamoah at e-mail for advice.

Course content

Course content

To complete the Postgraduate Award in Professional Development: Social Work Education you will need to complete 2 mandatory modules.

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and by feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course.  If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

"I completed my PEPS 2 in the summer of 2022 – having completed PEPS 1 at another university, I found Diane Asmoah’s teaching style refreshing, engaging and was not just about providing ‘hand outs’ but was interactive even through Covid. In addition, the support received when I had additional caring responsibilities was fundamental in me continuing with the course and passing."

Social Work Practice Education PG Award student

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.


Recognising that you are likely to be studying alongside social work practice you will engage in blended learning methods. You will be taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars and online sessions. Throughout the programme, you will benefit from an integration of both innovative and traditional teaching methods. Your learning will be supported by the University’s virtual learning environment. You will have individual access to electronic journals, content-rich study guides, and interactive online learning materials formative online assessments and group discussion forums. 

For the Practice Educator modules you will be working alongside social work students and you will be assessed by an experienced Practice Educator qualified at Stage 2 of the Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work, Practice Educator mentor or assessor.

Pebblepad online portfolios are used to give you the opportunity to evidence your competencies. You will complete reflective essays, allowing you to evaluate and analysis your social work practice.

For further information and resources on Practice Education please see here 

Contact time

Typically, class contact time will be structured around:

  • 4 full day classroom-based sessions per module
  • 12 x 1-hour online seminars where students will have an opportunity to gain peer and tutor support in relation to placement issues, apply theory to practice and gain support with assignments

Independent study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 6 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 


This is a part time programme. To complete the full PG Award we anticipate completion taking 2 years.


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the course. Our Social Work team is made up of senior academics, professional practitioners with extensive experience. The team includes staff who are internationally recognised. Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and 100% per cent of University lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles. 5 members of the social work team are Practice Educators at Stage 2 of the Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. 

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  Assessment methods include essays, reports, presentations and portfolios.

Pebblepad online portfolios are used to give you the opportunity to evidence your competencies. You will complete reflective essays, allowing you to evaluate and analysis your social work practice.

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate. 

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.  

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. 


Diane Asamoah

Diane is the course leader for the Social Work Continuous Professional Development programs. She currently lectures on the BA(Hons) Practice Realities module, MA Complex practice, supporting students to prepare for Social Work employment, PEPS 2 and Practice Leadership for Strength Based Practice.

She looks forward to supporting students with an understanding of the skills needed for current Social Work practice.


Kay Wall

Kay's passion is working with, and for, adults and children who have offended, in particular giving them a voice. She has a keen interest in the needs of service personnel and in particular discharges from the military.

Kay is the only part-time tutor at the university, which allows her to continue to work alongside young people attending the Youth Offending Service and supervise students in the workplace as a practice educator.




This award will enable you to take on the role of Practice Educator for social work students. This may lead you to progress into senior roles in social work, including leadership and management and learning and development. Graduates from this course will also be highly competitive candidates for further postgraduate study at MSc, MPhil and PhD level. 


Fees and funding

Part-time tuition fees

UK students

The standard tuition fees for part-time home students enrolling on the course in the academic year 2024/25 is £750 per 15-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

How to apply