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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 fulfils the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards, and is made up of six distinct units.

Two of these are options that will give you the chance to develop your knowledge and skills in the supervision, mentoring, management, assessment and support of learning, and the research that informs practice and practice education.

Duration: The course is normally completed within five years.

Intermediate qualifications available:

  • Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
  • Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level

Why choose this course?

  • 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 a systematic understanding of your field and critically evaluative your approach to current knowledge in practice education
  • Gain the core knowledge, skills and values required for the role of Practice Educator in line with current professional standards, and gain opportunities for further research and development
  • Benefit from the systematic and independent ability to critically evaluate both theoretical understanding and application in practice.

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

Mapped against the Practice Educator Professional Standards (TCSW 2013), this course is designed to develop graduates who are able to

  • Provide effective learning opportunities for learners in the workplace and make judgements about the capabilities of learners through an understanding and application of the Professional Capabilities Framework (TCSW, 2012).
  • Apply theories of adult learning in everyday practice to ensure the best outcomes for students and other learners in the workplace.
  • Provide leadership to support the development of a learning organisation which provides lifelong learning and continuous professional development for its workers and so improves the quality of experience for service users, families and carers.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course students will encounter a wide range of assessments designed to collectively meet a variety of individual learning styles and to support them in their progress towards becoming an autonomous learner. These methods are designed to test students in all the areas necessary for competent practice as an experienced Social Work practitioner, as well as in the academic disciplines underpinning this practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

£13,000 per year for full-time students. This can be taken as a guide for part time students.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. Applicants must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or any other Social Work regulator in the United Kingdom. Successful applicants will normally have an honours degree (2:2 or above) and must have a professional qualification in social work. All applicants should be practising social workers who wish to become practice educators. All applicants must have some direct experience of supporting the learning of others in some capacity e.g. onsite supervisor. Most applicants will have a minimum of two years of post-qualifying experience for direct entry into the course.

University information

Formed in 2006, the University of Bedfordshire is a modern university boasting innovative state-of-the-art facilities. These are: Luton Bedford Milton Keynes Aylesbury Putteridge Bury You can expect a high quality of teaching at the University of Bedfordshire, since the university was awarded silver in the very first Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in 2017, a significant achievement. The University is constantly...more