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


STUDY MODE: Part time


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: School of Social Work, Care and Community

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: September, November, January, March or May

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 you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Course Content

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

The School of Social Work Care and Community has worked closely with some of the key local statutory and independent employers in the development of this module. The learning from this module can be used to requirements for continuing professional development and continuing education.


Progression Routes

Under the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s Centre for CPD portfolio, this module can be completed as standalone or towards one of the following courses:

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development and Practice
Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Child Care Practice
Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Practice with Adults
Masters in Professional Development and Practice

For full details of the Centre for CPD's offering and progression routes please visit



Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

How to Apply

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