Introduction to Facilitating Learning in the Workplace (SW4705) Short Course

Introduction to Facilitating Learning in the Workplace (SW4705) Short Course
UCLan has a long tradition of providing practice educator training which stretches back to the 1990’s. The current module is aligned to the latest standards for practice education and teachers on the module include social work practitioners who also have experience of working as practice educators.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:


Delivery Method:

Mixed Mode

Course Length:

Normally completion is within two semesters. The duration is influenced by the candidate having the opportunity to work with a learner.

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

October or May

Entry Requirements:
This module is aimed at:

registered social workers (with a minimum of two years post qualified) who are interested in becoming a stage one practice educator for social work students,


those who support social work students in the work place and wish to achieve the status of practice supervisor (this includes professionals who are not social workers).

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.

All candidates need to ensure that they have the opportunity to support a social work learner and gain an observation of the practice by a Stage Two Practice Educator.


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 aligned to the Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work. On successful completion registered social workers will achieve Stage One Practice Educator status and other professionals will receive recognition as a Practice Supervisor.

The module supports candidates to consider all of the requirements to plan for and support a social work student who is completing a degree or master level qualification. In addition to the academic component, candidates obtain practical experience as they support a student during their professional social work programme.

The aim of the module is to engage practitioners in the principles of facilitating learning to enable them to support and assess a learner in the work place. The module will enable successful candidates to achieve the status of Practice Supervisor or Stage One Practice Educator as required by The College of Social Work (2012). The module covers topics which include (but not limited to):
• Planning and organising opportunities for a learner in the workplace
• Principles of assessment and supervision
• Self-reflection and CPD as a facilitator of learning
• Understanding diversity and individual needs of learners

Learning Environment & Assessment:

UCLan Preston Campus


The assessment is a reflective essay and an observation of the students practice supervising a social work learner.

Academic Expertise

Clare Stone, Module Leader

Learning outcome & aims

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

• Critically reflect upon their role as a facilitator of workplace learning
• Critically explore learning and teaching theory
• Critically reflect on the assessment of learning in the workplace
• Demonstrate skills to support and supervise a learner in the workplace.

Industry links & professional accreditation

This module is aligned to the Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work.


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 , Specialist Practice with Adults 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

PG Dip/MA Professional Development and Practice

Fees & Funding

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

Non-standard part-time fees up to £650 per 20 credit module 2016/17.

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