|Part time||2–6 years||1 day per week depending on module choice||
Some modules are provided at weekends to facilitate access for those in full-time employment.
This course provides a career development pathway for those wishing to specialise in professional education and training within their professional field in social work and social care. The course has an applied focus: all modules include practice elements and are research informed. Your choice of modules enables you to tailor the course to suit your professional interests. The course also acts as a springboard for those wishing to continue on to doctoral studies.
Tutorial support and guidance in professional development planning is offered to all students.
Established in 1995, this programme offers a unique pathway for graduates to change career direction and advance their careers as educators and trainers. Many graduates have obtained employment as lecturers in higher education in social work departments. Others have secured employment in training and development roles. Some have established their own training companies or work as freelance/ independent trainers and educators.
The course has a national and international focus. You will learn about latest developments and research in social work and social care education around the world and the global agenda for social work – an option module on international social work provides the opportunity to undertake a short international learning experience. In addition, you will develop the professional practice skills needed to work in professional education and training in social work and social care; eg educating, mentoring, supporting, assessing and managing others; teamwork and interprofessional practice; and leadership skills. There is a strong emphasis on developing your critical appraisal of research evidence and exploring ethical frameworks.
You will need to successfully complete two modules to gain the postgraduate certificate; four modules to gain the postgraduate diploma; and four modules plus a 'capstone' project and a related article suitable for publication to gain the MA.
Reports, reviews, evaluations, posters, portfolio of practice, manuals, assessed practice, projects and a 'capstone' project.
This course is ideal if you are working in any of the following roles in the social work education sector:
It is also suitable for freelance trainers, educators and assessors.
The course offers a wide range of option modules so you can tailor it to your own professional requirements. Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
At Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma level, you may select modules from the list below. To achieve the MA you must undertake a capstone research project and produce an article for suitable for publication.
This module equips registered social workers to undertake the responsibilities of a Stage 1 Practice Educator (Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) of the College of Social Work (TCSW). Students who complete this module successfully will be able to supervise, teach and assess social work degree students up to but not including the final assessment prior to qualification. At this stage they may contribute to the last placement but not take full responsibility for assessment or act as the practice educator on a day-to-day basis. Students undertaking this module are required to undertake a practicum which entails acting as a Stage 1 practice educator to a degree in social work student on a first placement (70 days).
This module is only available to registered social workers with two years or more post-registration practice experience. It is targeted at social worker/experienced social worker level.
This module equips registered social workers to undertake the responsibilities of a Stage 2 Practice Educator (Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) of the College of Social Work (TCSW). Students who complete this module successfully will be able to supervise, teach and assess social work degree students up to and including the last placement and to work with ASYE candidates. In effect, these practice educators will have the authority and capability to recommend, on the basis of appropriate evidence, that the social work students are fit to practise at the point of qualification. The module includes practice assessment.
This module is only available to registered social workers with three years or more post-registration practice experience and who have completed Practice Educator Stage 1 or equivalent. It is targeted at experienced social worker level.
This module is suitable for those undertaking training and development roles in the workplace. Students taking this module are required to identify and analyse learning and development needs which might be met by the provision of training. They will then undertake independent research and develop a short training programme to meet these needs. The practicum for this module includes the development, delivery and evaluation of a minimum of two training events in an agency setting and the development of a training manual. This module is targeted at experienced social worker/advanced levels professional educators.
This module examines the practice of supervision in the professional development of others. It aims to assist supervisors to develop the knowledge and skills relevant to professional supervision; to foster the growth of open, self-aware, flexible supervisors, with a clear sense of the professional boundaries and responsibilities of their role; and to promote critical debate and develop thorough knowledge of the supervision models available so that students can develop an approach which best suits their professional practice. It further provides a structured opportunity for students to develop their skills in providing reflective supervision and in the holistic appraisal of professional capability fostering critical evaluation of their own supervisory practice.
In order to take this module, students must have responsibility for providing professional supervision in a practice setting. This module is targeted at experienced social worker/advanced levels but is not limited to social workers.
This module aims to equip students to mentor, coach and assess colleagues at post-registration levels. It promotes critical evaluation of theoretical, professional and policy approaches to mentoring, coaching and holistic assessment of professional practice. The knowledge, understanding, values and skills necessary for mentoring and assessing professional practice in social work and related settings are examined. Students are assisted to develop strategies and techniques to enhance their skills in mentoring, coaching and assessment of professional colleagues in different contexts in practice settings. Students are required to mentor, coach and assess colleagues as part of the practicum for this module. This module is targeted at experienced social worker/advanced levels.
This module provides the opportunity for those employed in or about to take on management roles in social work to expand their understanding of leadership and management behaviours and processes, and what these mean for organisational culture, team building, staff management, supervision and development and making decisions.
It will provide the opportunity for those in or joining first line manager positions to reflect on their management behaviours, enhance their capability in effective leadership and people management skills, and increase their capacity to be influential within and between teams. Students will identify relevant and appropriate professional examples for discussion and draw on research and theory to reflect on, analyse and improve their practice and performance.
The module is underpinned by the Chief Social Workers' Knowledge and skills statements for practice leaders and practice supervisors and the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) at Advanced Level (management).
This module concentrates on the knowledge and capabilities required to successfully be a leader and manager within the context of social work organisations. It is targeted at current and prospective team and service managers and equivalent post-holders. Students will identify relevant and appropriate professional examples for discussion and draw on research and theory to reflect on, analyse and improve their practice and performance.
This module is required for students undertaking studies at masters level and is normally taken after achieving postgraduate diploma Level. The module will provide you with the experience of utilising principles of research and academic writing and thus demonstrate the intellectual skills learnt on the course. You are expected to review critically research and to evaluate the evidence underpinning your own practice. The module will provide you with the opportunity to implement the knowledge and skills developed during the previous modules by conducting research focused on a topic of your choice related to your area of practice with the support of a research supervisor. The module will enhance your presentation and publication skills as the assessment will include writing an abstract, presenting a poster and writing an article suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.