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Advanced Social Work Practice (Practice Education) PGCert

Learn about the course below
Code
PGL50P
Start
September 2021
March 2021
Duration
1 year
Attendance
Part-time
Fees
See individual modules
Course leader
Diane Apeah-Kubi

This programme facilitates your transition of qualified social worker from being enabled by others, to becoming enablers of others, by meeting the practice education requirements as set out in the Practice Education Professional standards (PEPS). Enhance your professional social work skills and develop your capacities in critical reflection, supervision and professional leadership, so that you can practice at a specialist level and improve outcomes for users of services.

Why study Advanced Social Work Practice (Practice Education) PGCert at Middlesex University?

Enhance your professional social work skills and further your career by honing your skills in critical reflection, research, supervision and professional leadership.

Our academic staff and practitioners bring a wealth of experience and knowledge, and our long-standing and strong ties with local authorities, charities and independent agencies ensure our courses provide the most current policy and practice in social work. Teaching staff are very supportive and do their best to ensure you succeed.

Upon graduation, you will have developed the knowledge and skills to be able to apply for specialist practitioner roles and/or more advanced social work positions such as those within management.

Many of our graduates continue working as a Practice Educator before using the experience gained to apply for advanced social work positions such as those within practice management.


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What will you study on Advanced Social Work Practice (Practice Education) PGCert?

Upon completion of this programme you will have an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of adult learning, learning organisations and continuous professional development. You will know the meaning and scope of ‘practice education’ within a national and professional context and the role of the practice educator and practice assessor as well as the pre-qualifying social work student within that context (this is also in reference to the PCF and PEPS).

What will you gain?

As well  as enhancing and developing your professional social work skills and knowledge, you will also have the ability to enable others in particular areas of specialist social work practice. You will have the pre-qualifying social work practice requirements and the related knowledge and values within the workplace in relation to PCF, PEPS and KSS.

Modules

  • Modules

    • Practice Education (Stage 1) (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module facilitate your transition of a qualified social worker from being enabled by others, to becoming enablers of others, and meeting the Stage 1 practice education requirements within a particular specialism such as adult, child and family, or mental health social work as set out in the Practice Education Professional standards (PEPS).

      Have a look at this module in more detail, including fees and learning outcomes.

    • Practice Education (Stage 2) (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will promote good practice in your assessment of and is supported by practice-based teaching. You will also be enabled to meet Stage 2 practice education requirements within a particular specialism of adult, children or mental health as set out in the Practice Education Professional Standards (PEPS).

      Have a look at this module in more detail, including fees and learning outcomes.

You can find more information about this course in the See the course specification for more information programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change

Course specification 2020/21

How is the Advanced Social Work Practice (Practice Education) PGCert taught?

You will learn through research, reading and critical reflection, workshops, tutorials and class discussions. Teaching will predominantly if not fully, be delivered online.

Assessment

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You will be assessed via a combination of formative and summative written assignments, group work, assessed role plays and reflective writing based on practice experience. There are currently no examination assessments on the programme.

Teaching and learning

Changes for students in 2020

If you’re starting university in 2020, we’ll be teaching you in different ways to make sure you get the best learning experience possible. You’ll learn through live sessions with teaching staff and have the chance to study independently too, with access to all the online resources you need through our globally available student portal.

We’re planning different scenarios for teaching so that we can be flexible. While we’re social distancing, we’re aiming to teach you through some small group sessions on campus, with other interactive teaching as well as larger lectures delivered online and recorded sessions available to you on-demand. If you’re unable to make it to campus at first, or we need to limit access to campus in the future, your course can be delivered fully online.

The table below shows current plans for your learning across a typical week, including scheduled live online teaching and an indication of what we hope to teach face to face, where you can make it to campus. While some weeks might look different to this, due to how we schedule classes and make arrangements for any face to face sessions (for example, in some cases these could take place every two weeks with an increased number of hours), the table gives you an idea of what to expect based on the overall number of teaching hours on your course.

You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.

Scenario 1: course delivered fully online

1.

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

22 hours

2.

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

20 hours

3.

On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

30 hours

Scenario 2: course delivered with a mix of online and face to face learning with social distancing in place

1.

Live learning

Contact time per week, per level:

16 hours

2.

Self-paced learning time

Average hours per week, per level:

12 hours

3.

On demand resources

Average hours per week, per level:

20 hours

4.

Face-to-face sessions

Contact time per week, per level:

24 hours over the course of the programme

Read more about our scenarios for returning to campus and what they might mean for your teaching and learning experience, and how you’ll be able to access student support.

Future plans for teaching

We’re developing our timetable for face to face teaching  with current government advice on social distancing to keep you safe. If social distancing requirements are lifted, we’ll start to safely move back towards our usual teaching arrangements with more opportunities for face to face learning. Some learning and support might stay online in this scenario. If more restrictions are put in place, or there is another lockdown, we’ll be prepared to deliver your learning and support fully online, with alternative arrangements made for any required placements. We’ll always give you notice of any changes that we make.

Definitions of terms

  • Live learning – Live learning will cover everything you’ll do with teaching staff like lectures, seminars, workshops and other classes, and we’ll schedule all of this for you. This might include some study outside your regular timetable, like taking part in discussion forums or online blogs where you’re supported by academic staff.
  • Independent learning – Independent learning is all the studying you’ll do outside your live learning sessions with teaching staff. This self-paced study will give you the chance to learn, prepare, revise and reflect in your own time as you need to, and you’ll have access to on-demand resources and materials to help you do your best.
    • Self-paced study – Self-paced study will give you the chance to learn wherever and whenever you want to and at your own pace, outside your live learning sessions. This independent learning could include reading and reflection, preparation for classes, revision or homework along with access to other online activities such as quizzes.
    • On-demand resources – You'll have access to on-demand resources like pre-recorded video lectures and workshops as part of your independent study. You’ll be able to review and revisit whenever you need to at your own pace.
  • Face to face sessions – Wherever it’s possible to do so, and we can make the necessary arrangements to ensure your safety, you’ll be able to attend scheduled sessions, workshops or appointments on campus as part of your live learning. The number of hours given in this scenario provides an indication of the number of hours of face to face learning you could expect, and a full timetable will be provided to you before the start of your course.

Support

You’ll have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.

Our support services will mainly be delivered online and you’ll have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.

You’ll have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.

More on teaching for your subject in 2020/21

Read our guide to what’s been happening in your subject area recently and more about what to expect this autumn.

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How can the Advanced Social Work Practice (Practice Education) PGCert support your career?

Upon graduation, you will have developed the knowledge and skills required to apply for specialist practitioner roles and/or more advanced social work/ welfare positions such as those within leadership and practice management.

Diane Apeah-Kubi
Senior Lecturer

Diane worked as a social worker in children’s services covering roles in child protection and looked-after children. She has been with Middlesex since 2016 but still maintains links to practice by continuing to work as an independent practice educator and assessor of newly-qualified social workers.

Rahaman Mohammed
Senior lecturer

Prior to joining Middlesex, Rahman worked as a freelance trainer delivering workshops on safeguarding and Deprivation of Liberty. He also worked as an Approved Mental Health Professional and is a qualified Practice Educator.

Edd Carter
Senior lecturer & Director of Programmes for Think Ahead & CPD

Edd has extensive social work practice experience of working in both Mental Health and Learning Disabilities services.

Niall Daly
Lecturer (Practice) in Social Work

Prior to joining Middlesex on a permanent basis in 2019, Niall worked as an emergency duty social worker for a London borough. He is also a qualified AMHP

  • Thelma and Paola

    PGCert Advanced Social Work Practice (Practice Education)

    Thelma and Paola, Social Workers from Hackney Adults services, were part of the 47 newly-graduated Practice Educators of summer 2019.

    It’s been a difficult journey juggling work with study, but it’s been so rewarding. I’m looking forward to taking another student next year and would like to come back to study at Middlesex again. It’s been an amazing experience! (Thelma)

    It’s been a pleasure to be here. I’ve been very supported by the uni and the tutors have been really helpful. I would take another student too. (Paola)



We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

Other courses

Advanced Social Work Practice MA/PGDip/PGCert

Start: September 2021, January 2021

Duration: 2- 4 years

Code: MA: PGL50M, PGDip: PGL50C, PGCert: PGL50D

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