ASYE: Demonstrating Capability in Social Work Practice (SW4701) Short Course

ASYE: Demonstrating Capability in Social Work Practice (SW4701) Short Course
This module has been developed in partnership with employers to enable you to academically accredit your ASYE portfolio.

A range of modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your CPD. Credits can be gained on a standalone modular basis or used to achieve one of the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s CPD target awards.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:


Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Part- time: This module is usually expected to be completed within one year. Attendance is required at two half day workshops (at the start of your ASYE year and at midpoint) along with the required self-directed study time to complete assessment.


School of Social Work, Care and Community

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Start Date:

April, May, September or November 2017, or January, March or May 2018

Entry Requirements:
This module is aimed at newly qualified social workers whose employers have registered them on the national ASYE scheme. Candidates need the formal support of their employer in order to undertake this module.

All candidates need to ensure that they have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level. 

DBS Checks:

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Course Content

Course Outline:
This module is designed for newly qualified social workers during their assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE) to enable them to consolidate their social work knowledge, skills and values in their specialist area of practice. The module will enable them to critically reflect on and review their development to facilitate enhanced performance and service delivery. Practitioners will be able to map their career progression against current professional benchmarks such as the Professional Capabilities Framework and the HCPC standards for continuing professional development (CPD).

The module covers topics including:

  • The nine domains of the Professional Capabilities Framework at ASYE level
  • Skills of critical reflection for professional development
  • Effective use of supervision in and for social work practice
  • Working within the complexities of social work practice, such as multiagency working, contemporary issues, promoting welfare and safeguarding
  • Principles of evidence based practice and research minded approaches
  • Ethical challenges and dilemmas within practice

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Portfolio (Pass/fail) and Critical Reflective piece (percentage grade)

Academic Expertise

Fiona Harbin Module Leader  

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on and identify areas for development in accordance with professional requirements for lifelong learning
  • Critically analyse and demonstrate knowledge, skills and values within their specialist area of practice
  • Demonstrate critical engagement with principles of evidence based practice, theory and research.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

This module can be completed towards the Professional Development and Practice or Specialist Child Care Practice Postgraduate Certificate, or the Professional Development and Practice Postgraduate Diploma.

On successful completion of this module students can continue their professional development studies by undertaking other modules to gain a Postgraduate Certificate. We offer further progression with Postgraduate Diploma and MA awards. For full details on the school’s CPD offering and progression routes please visit the Social Work CPD page.

PG Dip/MA Professional Development and Practice


Fees & Funding

For further information contact UCLan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Routes available:

£350* route includes the above. This route is restricted to ASYEs working in existing partner agencies.

£650* route includes the above plus:
• Up to 4 hours consultancy time with academic from module team
• Opportunity to attend 2 full days teaching (or equivalent half days) from a variety of modules or CPD Events.

For more information about these routes contact the CPD team on or 01772 894361

*Non-standard part-time fees for 2016/17 and 2017/18.


How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Please contact the CPD team for specific guidance to support you in completing an application and to ensure it is directed appropriately once submitted. You will be advised to apply through the University Online Application System.

Individuals should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408



About UCLan

Centre for CPD

School of Social Work, Care & Community

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361