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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Part-time day
Course Level:Postgraduate
Duration: 5 Years
Campus Location: Putteridge Bury Campus, Luton

About the course

This course fulfils the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards, and is made up of six distinct units.

Two of these are options that will give you the chance to develop your knowledge and skills in the supervision, mentoring, management, assessment and support of learning, and the research that informs practice and practice education.

Duration: The course is normally completed within five years.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

  • Study the ways in which you can promote equal opportunities for learners and challenge all forms of oppression and discrimination that affect learners from minority groups
  • Explore the different ways in which you can demonstrate an on-going commitment to working in collaboration with local employers, practitioners, service users and carers
  • Develop a systematic understanding of your field and critically evaluative your approach to current knowledge in practice education
  • Gain the core knowledge, skills and values required for the role of Practice Educator in line with current professional standards, and gain opportunities for further research and development
  • Benefit from the systematic and independent ability to critically evaluate both theoretical understanding and application in practice.

This course is designed to provide social workers with skills and knowledge to become effective practice educators and contribute to the learning of others, within the work place and the wider context of social work education.

Mapped against the Practice Educator Professional Standards (TCSW 2013), this course is designed to develop graduates who are able to

  • Provide effective learning opportunities for learners in the workplace and make judgements about the capabilities of learners through an understanding and application of the Professional Capabilities Framework (TCSW, 2012).
  • Apply theories of adult learning in everyday practice to ensure the best outcomes for students and other learners in the workplace.
  • Provide leadership to support the development of a learning organisation which provides lifelong learning and continuous professional development for its workers and so improves the quality of experience for service users, families and carers.

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Throughout the course students will encounter a wide range of assessments designed to collectively meet a variety of individual learning styles and to support them in their progress towards becoming an autonomous learner. These methods are designed to test students in all the areas necessary for competent practice as an experienced Social Work practitioner, as well as in the academic disciplines underpinning this practice. Through the use of a variety of assessment methods, students will be able to demonstrate a wide range of key skills for both academic and practice competence. Assessments building towards the final stage of study encourage more self-directed study and autonomous learning. In most units there is an initial assessment early in the delivery of the course to enable students to receive constructive and developmental feedback on their academic writing. Observations of practice are also integrated within the two core units, designed to provide formative feedback providing students with a clear understanding of areas of strength and their development needs. Evidence of practice competence must be assessed by a professionally qualified and experienced Stage 2 Practice Educator mentor who has been approved by the University for this purpose. Reflection on evidence drawn from practice in the work place underpins many of the assessment activities. Students will be encouraged to read widely across all the units and will be supported to develop their skills in analysing and evaluating data from relevant studies. This is helpful preparation for the research and dissertation units. The final stage involves students undertaking an applied research dissertation which will concentrate on tackling a work-based issue or area of concern, researching this in detail either through primary or secondary research and writing a dissertation with recommendations for improvements in service delivery.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country

To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

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Entry Requirements


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.


To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country


To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

  • Applicants must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or any other Social Work regulator in the United Kingdom.
  • Successful applicants will normally have an honours degree (2:2 or above) and must have a professional qualification in social work.

All applicants should be practising social workers who wish to become practice educators. All applicants must have some direct experience of supporting the learning of others in some capacity e.g. onsite supervisor. Most applicants will have a minimum of two years of post-qualifying experience for direct entry into the course.


After successfully completing the course you will be able to specialise in professional education in social work. As the Practice Educator Framework develops there will be increased demand for practitioners with advanced
skills in work-based learning and assessment.

Fees and funding

MA Applied Social Work (Post Qualifying)

For the Academic Year 2018/19 fees are £850 per 30 credits course unit.

This course is subject to a fees variance agreement. Details are available from the course coordinators.

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

    Fees and funding

    MA Applied Social Work (Post Qualifying)


    For the Academic Year 2018/19 fees are £850 per 30 credits course unit.

    This course is subject to a fees variance agreement. Details are available from the course coordinators.

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

    Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

      Extra Costs

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      Putteridge Bury campus

      Our Putteridge Bury campus is a magnificent neo-Elizabethan manor house built in 1911 in the style of Chequers, with beautiful grounds and a reflecting pool. 

      It is home to University events including graduations, academic research symposia and seminars such as those held by our business school's postgraduate programmes, as well as a wide variety of public and private events including conferences, weddings, funeral receptions and public holiday functions.

      Find out more about Putteridge Bury's public and private events

      Location

      Ideally located only four miles from Luton town centre, Putteridge Bury is set in picturesque parkland just off the A505 and enjoys a tranquil rural environment and ample parking within the grounds.

      Putteridge Bury is a short drive from the University Square campus, London Luton airport, the train station and bus station.

      A free shuttle bus service operates between Putteridge Bury and the University Square campus in Luton town centre .

      How to Apply

      UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

      International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

      Find out more about how to apply as an International student

      International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

      Find out more about how to apply as an International student

      How to Apply


      UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form


      International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

      Find out more about how to apply as an International student


      International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

      Find out more about how to apply as an International student