Applied Social Work: Practice Education MA

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
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  • Course Level - Postgraduate
  • Campus Location - Putteridge Bury Campus, Luton
  • Start Dates - Oct
  • Duration - 5 Years
  • Attendance - Part-time day
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Why choose this course?

  • 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.

What will I learn?


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed using a range of methods. In the initial stage of the core units there is the opportunity for you to receive constructive feedback on your academic writing.

Observations of practice are also integrated within the two core units, designed to provide formative feedback providing you with a clear understanding of areas where you might need to improve and areas where you are doing well.

Reflection on evidence drawn from practice in the workplace underpins many of the assessment activities. These methods are designed to test you in all the areas necessary for competent practice as qualified social workers and practice educators, as well as the academic disciplines underpinning such practice.

Through the use of a variety of assessment methods you will be able to demonstrate a wide range of key skills for both academic and practice competence. Evidence of practice competence must be assessed by a professionally qualified and experienced Stage 2 practice educators who have been approved by the University for this purpose.

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.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

As this course has been developed within the new framework for CPD as defined by the Social Work Reform Board it offers clear career opportunities.

Students successfully completing the course will be able to specialise, within their field, in professional education in social work. Furthermore as the Practice Educator Framework develops nationally there will be increased demand for practitioners who have a high level of skills in work-based learning and assessment in order to provide the practice-based learning required across the spectrum of qualifying and post-qualified education.

Examples include working with social workers who are in their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) or becoming an independent practice educator working with a wide range of agencies both in the statutory and third sector.

Other graduates have been promoted to positions of greater responsibility and have used the knowledge gained on the course to secure these positions.

I really enjoy teaching this course as the students I work with are enthusiastic and committed to the learning and development of others, as well as their own professional development. It is very satisfying to be able to support practitioners committed to ensuring high quality rigorous and supportive learning opportunities for the next generation of social workers. Students undertaking this course come from a wide range of practice backgrounds which adds richness to the learning experience for all.
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Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and funding

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

    Extra Costs

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    Putteridge Bury campus

    Putteridge Bury is a magnificent country mansion set in 30 acres of landscaped gardens and picturesque parkland. Built in 1911, it is just four miles from the University Square campus on the Hertfordshire - Bedfordshire border. 

    It is home to the Bedfordshire Business School postgraduate programmes and the University’s Conference Centre.

    A free shuttle bus service operates between Putteridge Bury and University Square.

    Comprehensive Learning Resources Centre

    The Putteridge Bury campus has its own comprehensive Learning Resources Centre equipped with PCs, which give you access to online information databases and more than 2,000 electronic journals.

    Students based at Putteridge Bury can also benefit from the 200,000 books and specialist texts, 9,000 journals and 300 fully networked PCs that are available at the University Square campus.


    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 lies close to the University Square campus, and is a short drive from the London Luton airport, the train station and bus station.

    How to Apply

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

    EU 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