Social Work – Practice Educator Professional Standards

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This module provides the opportunity for Social Work England registered Social Workers to undertake the role of a Practice Educator.

It is aimed at Social Worker level within the Processional Capabilities framework.  This stage 1 Module provides candidates with key knowledge and skills to support, develop and assess both undergraduate and postgraduate social work students in their 70-day practice learning placement.

Updated 29/06/2022


  • Assignments are designed to be applied directly to your personal area of practice.
  • Wide range of facilities to support your learning.
  • You will be allocated a UON social work student.

Course Content

  • The module enables candidates to demonstrate competence in, and critically reflect upon, ALL elements of Domains A–D of the Practice Educator Professional Standards as outlined by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW, 2019) as below.

    • Domain A – Work with others to organise an effective learning environment.
    • Domain B – Teaching, facilitating and supporting learning and professional development in practice.
    • Domain C – Manage the fair and transparent assessment of students in practice.
    • Domain D – Developing knowledge and continuing performance as a practice educator.  

    The module will aim to enable candidates to:

    • Demonstrate skills in planning, organising, delivering, teaching, assessing and evaluating effective programmes for students undertaking specialist practice.
    • Create a challenging and supportive teaching and learning environment for a student and monitor their performance.
    • Critically evaluate their supervisory skills and analyse the influence of power and authority in supervision through observational learning and feedback of their practice.
    Module Content

    The module seeks to provide candidates with the necessary knowledge and skills to support both undergraduate and postgraduate social work students in their Practice Learning Opportunity.

    The module covers
    • Theory and practice in adult learning/ supervision.
    • Principles of holistic assessment at the formative and summative stages.
    • Direct observation of professional practice and principles of good feedback.
    • Managing students who may be underperforming or failing in the placement.

    Following successful completion of this Module, you could go onto to study the Level 2 Social Work PEPS Module. For more information, please contact Vicki Holden, the Module Leader, by email:

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.

  • Candidates will have a social work qualification, be registered with the Social Work England and have a minimum of 2 years’ post qualifying experience.

    Candidates must agree to have a student on a 70-day placement.

    Candidates must have full responsibility in supervising and assessing the student’s practice over the course of the placement.

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  • How will I study?

    You would be required to attend 1 full week of face-to-face sessions at Waterside plus additional workshops which will be confirmed.

    You will also be expected to do approximately 3 hours of self-directed study each week.

    How will I be assessed?

    The module is assessed by the completion of a Portfolio of Evidence, which candidates need to collate throughout their teaching assessment period with a current social work student. The portfolio includes an observation of practice and a reflective assignment.

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