Practice Education and Supervision in Social Work

Continuing Professional Development (short course)

Cambridge, Chelmsford, ARU Peterborough

9 months

Module level: 7

Module credits: 30 credits


Step up to a higher level of professional practice by becoming an effective social-work educator. Explore the theories of learning, teaching, assessment and supervision, and apply them to your daily practice in the workplace. Become an accredited Practice Educator Professional Standards 2, able to assess both students and qualified social workers.

This course will provide the evidence-based knowledge and skills you need to supervise and assess others within the workplace, including student social workers. It will enable you to become an effective practice educator in your professional setting.

During your studies, you’ll explore the process of learning and the theories around teaching, supervising and assessing others. You’ll also reflect on your own experiences in order to integrate the theory you learn with your practice in the workplace.

As part of the course, you’ll supervise, teach and assess a qualifying student social worker within their practice placement. You’ll also take responsibility for an additional teaching, learning and assessment task with a second learner or supervisee. The second learner/supervisee could be a social worker undertaking their assessed and supported year in employment; a student social worker on a short placement; or a student social worker placed elsewhere.

This course meets the requirements of BASW's (2020) Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS 2) for social work.

Once you’re accredited as a PEPS 2 practice educator, you are qualified to assess student social workers doing either Stage 1 or Stage 2 placements (70- and 100-days placements, respectively).

How you’ll learn
This course offers an interactive learning experience, so you’ll be expected to take part in learning activities within small groups. You’ll also provide peer support and feedback as part of the assessment process.

Assessment is via a portfolio of evidence that includes reflective assignment tasks and documentation generated from the placement learning opportunity.

Independent Practice Educators in Training who can offer a Student Social Worker placement are asked to contact [email protected] at the earliest opportunity as there is financial remuneration available to all agencies offering a Student Social Worker placement.

Applications for this course will close six weeks prior to the start of the course, or sooner if maximum capacity has been reached.

Who should attend?

To access this course, you must:

  • be a social worker registered with Social Work England
  • have at least two years’ practice experience as a social worker


Trimester 1

Peterborough (Only), face to face:
21 September 2023
5 October
2 November
7, 14 December
25 January 2024
22 February
7, 28 March
18 April

w/c 22 April 2024 to be confirmed.

Trimester 2

Chelmsford/Cambridge, face to face:
18 January 2024
1, 15 February
7, 21 March
18 April
9, 30 May
13, 27 June
11, 25 July

w/c 29 July 2024 to be confirmed.

Peterborough, face to face:
18 January 2024
8, 29 February
14 March
25 April
9, 23 May
13, 27 June
11, 18 July

w/c 29 July 2024 to be confirmed.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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ARU Peterborough
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Study in the heart of Peterborough, a historic yet thriving city that's a great home for students.

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Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

30 credits (Level 7) for courses starting in 2023/24


Contact details

Gavin Millar (Chelmsford and Cambridge)
[email protected]

Gemma Webb (Peterborough)
[email protected]

CPD Admissions
[email protected]

Entry requirements

To access this course, you must:

  • be a social worker registered with Social Work England
  • have at least two years’ practice experience as a social worker
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