Practice Education Hub

At The National Centre for Cross Disciplinary Social Work, we provide a comprehensive program consisting of two units: Enabling Work Based Learning (EWBL) and Supervising a Learner in Practice (SLP). Through workshops, critical debates, and self-managed learning, you’ll develop the skills and confidence to effectively support and assess work-based learners, including social work students on their placements.

Practice Education Units

The course consists of two units; Enabling Work Based Learning (EWBL – Unit 1) and Supervising a Learner in Practice (SLP – Unit 2).

By the end of the first unit, successful candidates will have developed the skills and confidence to contribute to the learning and assessment of a range of work-based learners and take full responsibility for the learning and assessment of a first placement social work student (or equivalent).

By the end of the second unit, successful candidates will have fully developed the skills, knowledge and confidence to take a leading role in supporting and assessing workplace learning including the assessment of qualifying and / or post-qualified professional learners at all levels and stages of study.

FAQs

  • Admissions

    Students whose fees are to be paid by their employer should follow their employers application procedures prior to applying online. Anyone who is paying their own fees should apply through Wozzad the online booking system.

    Enabling Work Based Learning (Unit 1): £675

    Supervising a Learner in Practice (Unit2): £500

    Both units have to be successfully completed to qualify as a Practice Educator in Social Work.

    Your funding Local Authority/Agency arrange for you to have access to a minimum of 2 social work students for you to work with across both units, as well as a Practice Assessor for unit 2.

    Yes, you can apply independently from your workplace.  It is your responsibility to organise a Practice Assessor and a minimum of 2 students to work with.  If you may struggle to access a Practice Assessor please contact us so we can see if we can assist in some way.

  • Eligibility

    BASW has set the eligibility criteria for enrolment onto practice education courses: these are:

    “i. Practitioners must have practised for at least two years following qualification and should demonstrate ability to practice at PCF Experienced Social Work level.

    1. During this minimum two-year period, practitioners interested in qualifying as a practice educator should demonstrate their interest and commitment to practice education through activities such as supporting students and other new staff.

    iii. Candidates for a PE qualification will participate in a selection process for acceptance on a course” (BASW Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work, 2019, p.13).

  • Unit information

    In order to proceed to the second unit of the course, Supervising a Learner in Practice, there are some requirements of the course. The Trainee Practice Educator is required to have attended the taught element of Unit 1 and also have worked with a social work learner in practice as a part of the assessed requirements for Unit 1 and submitted the assessment for Unit 1 (if completed the equivalent of this unit in another institution please enquire at Bournemouth University if you need to undertake this unit prior to undertaking Unit 2).

    If the Trainee Practice Educator has a Bournemouth University approved extension which goes beyond the application window for Unit 2, or has failed Unit 1, then please speak with the Social Work Practice Education Team because the Trainee Practice Educator may still be able to apply for Unit 2.

    Please note, in order to qualify as a Practice Educator, both units of the social work Practice Education course need to have been successfully completed and all assessments passed, therefore if continuing onto Unit 2 prior to successfully completing Unit 1, please be aware of the risks to qualifying involved.

    The course consists of two units:

    • Enabling Work Based Learning (EWBL – Unit 1); and,
    • Supervising a Learner in Practice (SLP – Unit 2).

    By the end of the first unit, successful candidates will have developed the skills and confidence to contribute to the learning and assessment of a range of work-based learners and take full responsibility for the learning and assessment of a first placement social work student (or equivalent).

    By the end of the second unit, successful candidates will have fully developed the skills, knowledge and confidence to take a leading role in supporting and assessing workplace learning including the assessment of qualifying and / or post-qualified professional learners at all levels and stages of study.

    Each unit offers live online workshops which provide an opportunity for learners to come together via a virtual classroom to gain information, share ideas and discuss their experiences. They introduce and encourage critical debate about key themes related to enabling work-based learning and supervising a learner in practice and will support you to explore the work that you have carried out independently.

    There is also an expectation to complete self-managed learning. You will be provided with a package of reading and reflective exercises that have been designed to help you critically explore your practice-based experiences and develop a deeper understanding of links between practice and theory. Successful candidates will have free access to the BU library, including its online resources.

    Each unit requires the successful candidate to meet the BASW Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) as well as submit a focused assignment which meets the intended learning outcomes of each unit. This will be discussed within the workshops as well as access to guidance on the expectations and how to complete the assessment.

    You will be given access to Brightspace – Bournemouth University’s Learning Portal – where there is an array of resources and tools to support you on your learning journey.

    You will access your online teaching days via Brightspace – Bournemouth University’s Learning Portal.

    You will be offered tutorials as a group. Individual tutorials are also available on request.

    Once you have been enrolled on the course, you will be issued with a Student ID card which will gain you access to the Library and the Bournemouth Gateway Building.

    The course will take approximately 18 months from the start of Unit 1 to completion of Unit 2.

  • Assessment Criteria

    You will be supporting, mentoring and assessing a minimum of 2 social work students across the 2 units.

    A minimum of 3 observations of you supervising the qualifying social workers across the 2 placements will be assessed. You will be assessed by a qualified Practice Educator and/or Assessor.

    The Practice Record of Requirement, to be met across both units, are assessed against the BASW PEPS domains

    You will also be required to submit an academic assignment for both units.

    BASW England has developed refreshed standards to promote the development, and awareness, of Professional Standards in Social Work Education within the social work profession and with people with lived experience of social work.

    It is hoped that this document will be used to promote the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) and lead to a wider understanding of the role of the practice educator (PE) by students, employers and anyone involved in practice education.

    The BASW PEPS expectations are available on the BASW website

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