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Applied Social Work: Practice Education MA

Applied Social Work: Practice Education MA

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Study mode

Part time day


5 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Applied Social Work Problem Awareness / Counselling (For Teachers)

Course type


Course Summary

About the course

This course is designed to provide social workers with the skills and theoretical understanding to become effective practice educators and contribute to the learning of others, within the workplace and the wider context of social work education.

Mapped against the Practice Educator Professional Standards (BASW 2015) and the Professional Capabilities Framework for social workers (BASW 2018), the course is designed to develop graduates able to assess learners’ capabilities and provide effective learning opportunities in the workplace.

It features core units focused on practice educator training and applied research skills. You then choose from a number of options, such as applying knowledge to work-based learning; mentoring and coaching; and supervising for quality and performance.

The course is normally completed within five years, on a part-time basis.

Why choose this course?

  • Gain the core knowledge, skills and values required for the role of practice educator in line with current professional standards
  • 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 the ability to critically evaluate theories of adult learning and apply them in everyday practice to ensure the best outcomes
  • Provide leadership to support the development of a learning organisation that provides lifelong learning and continuous professional development for its workers, and so improves the quality of experience for service users, families and carers
  • Our Schools work closely with the Institute of Applied Social Research (IASR), which is renowned for its globally influential research
  • The majority of research undertaken at IASR has been rated internationally excellent or world-leading by the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021


Practice Educator Training: Stage 2 (ASS086-6) - Core
Applied Research Skills In Social Work (ASS032-6) - Core
Dissertation For Social Workers (ASS091-6) - Core
Practice Educator Training: Stage 1 (ASS085-6) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2023/24 is £14,600. It is a guide to part time students.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

University information

The University of Bedfordshire is a modern university with a vibrant and cosmopolitan student population that includes around 20,000 students from over 100 countries. It offers a wide variety of research-informed courses, which believes in nurturing students to become educated, employable and entrepreneurial global citizens. Bedfordshire has campuses located in: Luton Bedford Milton Keynes Aylesbury Putteridge Bury The...more