Practice Education PGC 2020/21 entry

Course code:

HLST173

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021

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Course code:

HLST173

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152
Ask a question
Join our mailing list

Course code:

HLST173

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020
January 2021

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152
Ask a question
Join our mailing list

Overview

Coventry University has been providing social work CPD (Continuous Professional Development) courses and modules to local employers for many years and has current prominent links with nearby local authorities and voluntary sector organisations.

The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Practice Education has been designed to build on these established provisions and to facilitate the development of experienced and expert practitioners in social work.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. For courses due to start in September 2020, in light of Covid-19, we currently preparing for courses to be delivered in a variety of forms, subject to Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority will be staff and student safety.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Course information

This course is designed for social workers who have completed social work pre-registration training and are in employment. The aim of this course is to give social workers the opportunity to enhance their career prospects via gaining a postgraduate level qualification. Opportunities are also available within the faculty to progress your studies beyond the Postgraduate Certificate to a full master’s degree.

The purpose of this course is to raise standards to ensure that pre and post-qualifying social work education, placement provision and continuous professional development of qualified practitioners is of a high quality and serves the interests of both employers and develops social workers to support them in delivering the best possible services to service users.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • The Developing Practitioner in Social Work

  • Mentoring, Supervision and Assessment in Practice Part 1 Practice Educator’s Professional Standards - (PEPS Stage 1)

  • Mentoring, Supervision and Assessment in Practice Part 2 (PEPS Stage 1)

  • Practice Teaching and Education Part 1 (PEPS Stage 2)

  • Practice Teaching and Education Part 2 (PEPS Stage 2)

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

The curriculum of this course is shaped by a number of requirements in social work practice, some of which are specific to the practice educator role. This includes the relevant levels of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF), the Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS) and more directly, the Practice Educator’s Professional Standards (PEPS)

This course is designed to help equip you with the knowledge, values and skills required to gain both Stage 1 and 2 of the Practice Educator’s Professional Standards and assess others in the workplace. These qualities may be transferred to other roles within the workplace such as practice supervisors and managers.

The course is delivered on a part-time basis and can be studied over a one year or two-year period to meet the needs of social workers who wish to study alongside their professional practice as part of their continuing professional development.

It will be delivered using a blended learning approach of both classroom teaching (taught at the Coventry University main campus in Coventry, online discussions and tasks, and project work.

The current course team has expertise in working with learners who are mature, from diverse backgrounds or have a range of individual learning needs. Overall, the teaching and learning strategy seeks to assist you in your developmental journey and enable you to develop professional skills and personal capabilities.

The strategy is also designed to enable you to be critically reflective in your own work setting and to be able to recognise not only your own development needs but the development needs of your team or service and of pre-qualifying social work students. This involves moving you through a change from initially supported and guided study to more independent and self-directed study, enabling you to take a critical stance to theories, findings and approaches of the discipline.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which may vary depending upon the module concerned.

In practice, social workers are required to demonstrate a high level of reasoning based on best evidence; discuss, debate and reflect upon and test hypotheses; demonstrate extensive skills that are underpinned by theory and method; and be able to explore ethical dilemmas. They are also required to communicate clearly in focused notes and reports and articulate these decisions via a variety of media such as written reports, presentations and other mediums.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Practice Education’s assessment strategy focuses on enabling you to assess pre-qualifying social workers’ ability to achieve these skills as part of their meeting the Practice Educator’s Professional Standards

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Show that you have developed your social work practice.
  • Show that you have a comprehensive and critical understanding of the requirements of the Practice Education Professional Standards (PEPS) Stage 1 and their application to the theoretical underpinnings of adult learning and the supervision and assessment of others.
  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge aligned with the relevant levels of the Professional Capabilities Framework and the Knowledge and Skills Statements.
  • Evidence a critical understanding of practice education paradigms, an awareness of ethical dilemmas, and a consolidation of your learning around anti-oppressive practice when working with students and newly qualified social workers (NQSW).
  • Be able to apply a range of transferable skills including, but not limited to, working independently and within teams, mentoring others, digital literacy, decision making and assessment, report writing, communicating effectively via different media and self-management strategies to self-organise time and workload.
  • Show that you have developed a comprehensive and critical understanding of the requirements of the Practice Education Professional Standards (PEPS) Stage 2 and their application to the theoretical underpinnings of adult learning and the supervision and assessment of others.

The teaching hours will vary by module, however the expected total would 10 days taught contact time plus 119 hours of self guided study and 426 hours of work based learning.

You will be required to work collaboratively and this will provide opportunities for development of intercultural competencies in the diverse student population that we usually expect to access this course. One of the key course learning objectives is that you develop a global perspective of both the theory and practice and so the development of a critical understanding of global issues will be embedded in specific modules.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

All applicants will normally have two years post qualification experience in order to comply with the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards, and must be working as a social worker in the UK.

Applicants to the Postgraduate Certificate in Practice Education will be required to supervise a social work student/learner for modules 7000SW Mentoring, Supervision and Assessment in Practice and 7001SW Practice Teaching and Education.

Accreditation for prior learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning AP(E)L as in accordance with University regulations will be considered. The Regulations are as set out in paragraphs 7b.3.2 and 7b.3.3 of the regulations for taught postgraduate courses.

Applicants must hold a professional qualification in social work and be registered with the relevant regulator and must be working as a social worker in the UK.

All applicants will normally have two years post qualification experience in order to comply with the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards.

Applicants to the PgC Practice Education will be required to supervise a social work student/learner for modules 7000SW Mentoring, Supervision and Assessment in Practice and 7001SW Practice Teaching and Education.

Accreditation for prior learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning AP(E)L as in accordance with University regulations will be considered. The Regulations are as set out in paragraphs 7b.3.2 and 7b.3.3 of the regulations for taught postgraduate courses.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Applicants must hold a professional qualification in social work and be registered with the relevant regulator and be working as a social worker in the UK.

All applicants will normally have two years post qualification experience  in order to comply with the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards.

Applicants to the PgC Practice Education will be required to supervise a social work student/learner for modules 7000SW Mentoring, Supervision and Assessment in Practice and 7001SW Practice Teaching and Education.

Accreditation for prior learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning AP(E)L as in accordance with University regulations will be considered. The Regulations are as set out in paragraphs 7b.3.2 and 7b.3.3 of the regulations for taught postgraduate courses.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£2,566 (per year)


January 2021

£2,566 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£2,566 (per year)


January 2021

£2,566 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

£4,600 (per year)


January 2021

£4,600 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

All students on this course will already be in employment as qualified social workers. However, the course embeds enhanced employability through a variety of initiatives such as the further development of transferable skills (e.g. communication and assessment skills, leadership and mentoring skills). These skills develop the qualities needed for employment in circumstances requiring sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative in complex and unpredictable professional environments.

You will also have access to employability support and can be given assistance with writing CVs and job applications upon request. Past evidence indicates that students often go on to become supervisors and first line managers of social work teams having completed similar courses.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year for student experience
QS Five Star Rating 2019
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