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


The Practice Education and Supervision in Social Work combined PEPS 1 and 2 module has recently been approved as two concurrent modules (PEPS 1 + PEPS 2) for the 2023/24 academic year. You can apply here for the September delivery at the relevant campus (Peterborough or Chelmsford). You'll then be moved across to the new PEPS provision as soon as possible.

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.

This course meets the requirements of BASW's (2022) 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 (70-day initial placement) or Stage 2 placements (100-day final placement).

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] for the September cohort in Peterborough, and [email protected] for the September cohort in Chelmsford.

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


September cohorts

  • Peterborough: 28 September 2023
  • Chelmsford: 21 September 2023

January cohorts

  • Chelmsford: 18 January 2024
  • Cambridge: 18 January 2024

There will be registration online sessions for each campus 2-3 weeks prior to the teaching start dates given above.

Assessment for the PEPS 1 module will be in December 2023 and for the PEPS 2 module will be in May 2024.

Applications for the January 2024 cohorts will be opened during Trimester 1.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for healthcare professionals, doctors, scientists and social workers in the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We've 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 our students want the very best experiential learning, and we've invested heavily in purpose-built simulated wards, science labs and skills spaces, to support your learning every step of the way.

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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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 2022/23. Fees for 2023/24 to be confirmed


Contact details

Hazel Evans (Chelmsford and Cambridge Lead)
[email protected]

Gemma Webb (Peterborough Lead)
[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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