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
Short Course / CPD
Normally completion is within two semesters. The duration is influenced by the candidate having the opportunity to work with a learner.
No Partner College
November or May
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Fees 2018/19: £725 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
For 2017/18 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