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.

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


LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time


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

SCHOOL: School of Social Work, Care and Community

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: November 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.


Course Content

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

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment

The assessment is a reflective essay and an observation of the students practice supervising a social work learner.
Bespoke courses can be commissioned and the delivery schedule and location will be negotiated.

Academic Expertise

Dr Clare Stone, Module Leader
Dr Clare Stone is a registered social worker who worked within statutory services before moving into academia at the University of Central Lancashire. Clare’s doctoral thesis considers competence for social work practice, she is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Assessor for Continued Professional Development with the Health and Care Professions Council. Clare’s main interests relate to learning and teaching, practice education and supporting the development of competence for social work practice.

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.


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

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

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