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Support the professional learning of others through leadership in education, supervision and reflective practice.

Newly developed post-qualifying social work CPD programme

Goldsmiths’ social work team is recognised for its provision of excellent continuous professional development (CPD) for social workers. We are part of the Department for Education (DfE) funded Consortium led by Research in Practice (RiP) to develop and deliver a national Practice Supervisor Development Programme.

The outstanding quality of our social work programmes was recognised in 2015 when Goldsmiths, in collaboration with Royal Borough of Greenwich, the London Borough of Southwark and the London Borough of Lewisham, became a Social Work Teaching Partnership (SWTP) early adopter site, one of only four in the country. Since then we have developed this new programme for qualified social workers who want to develop their professional leadership in line with the revised Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF):

"We act and show leadership, individually and collectively, through promoting social work’s purpose, practices and impact. We achieve this through activities such as: advancing practice; supervising; educating others; research; evaluation; using innovation and creativity; writing; presenting; using social media; being active in professional networks and bodies; influencing; challenging; contributing to policy; taking formal leadership/ management roles. We promote organisational contexts conducive to good practice and learning. We work in partnership with people who use services and stakeholders in developing our leadership and aims for the profession."

– The British Association of Social Workers (BASW), 2018

Why study with us?

  • The MA-level Social Work CPD modules support flexible and modular professional development across three pathways: Direct Practice, Practice Education and Management.
  • We recognise that much of learning takes place in the workplace. All modules fully integrate practice with relevant theory/research and values.
  • We believe in strength in diversity and our teaching, lecturers, participants and experts by experience reflect this.
  • Participants can gain academic credit for developing their capability through work-based activities in either direct social work practice, practice education or management roles.
  • Access to university facilities, library and resources on and off campus.

All modules on the post-qualifying MA programme align with career development, from initial consolidation and early professional development to supporting social work students on placement (Practice Educator), to becoming a Practice Supervisor or Practice Development Educator. In essence, the modules support the enhancement of practice relevant to participants’ roles with a focus on professional leadership as defined by the PCF and are aligned with the different Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS) for both Child and Family and Adult Social Work. Download our diagram outlining the different leadership pathways (PDF) for more information.

What you'll study

You can choose from a range of modules, listed below. See links to the module outlines for details and download the applicant pack (PDF) for more detailed information.

Example of pathways

To help you choose the right combination of modules, you might want to consider the following examples for the different pathways:

Direct Practice Pathway

  • Consolidation and Early Professional Development (30 credits)
  • Enabling the Learning of Others (15 credits)
  • Assessing and Teaching the Adult Professional Learner (15 credits)
  • Reflective Practice within and across Organisations (15 credits)
  • Work-based Learning Modules (45 credits)
  • Research Methods in Professional Leadership for Social Work (15 credits)
  • Research and Practice in Professional Leadership for Social Work (45 credits)

Practice Education Pathway

  • Enabling the Learning of Others (15 credits)
  • Assessing and Teaching the Adult Professional Learner (15 credits)
  • Designing Learning Opportunities for Teams (15 credits)
  • Facilitating Learning in Teams and Groups (15 credits)
  • Professional Supervision and Practice Assessment (15 credits)
  • Reflective Practice within and across Organisations (15 credits)
  • Research Methods in Professional Leadership for Social Work (15 credits)

Management Pathway – Outline for Developing Leaders

  • Enabling the Learning of Others (15 credits)
  • Assessing and Teaching the Adult Professional Learner (15 credits)
  • Professional Supervision and Practice Assessment (15 credits)
  • Reflective Practice within and across Organisations (15 credits)
  • Work-based Learning Modules (60 credits)
  • Research Methods in Professional Leadership for Social Work (15 credits)
  • Research and Practice in Professional Leadership for Social Work (45 credits)

Management Pathway – Outline for Senior Leaders

  • Recognition of Prior Experiential and or Credited Learning (60 credits)
  • Work-based Learning Modules (60 credits)
  • Research Methods in Professional Leadership for Social Work (15 credits)
  • Research and Practice in Professional Leadership for Social Work (45 credits)

Please note, these are just suggestions and you can put together a flexible programme that suits your role and development and which are best aligned to the needs of your team or organisation. Ultimately all these modules are there to support you and your organisation to continuously engage in learning for the benefit of service users and carers.

Learning & teaching

A key feature of this programme is the consistent integration of practice and academic perspectives and this is reflected in both teaching and learning and assessment strategies. This enables students to demonstrate how they are meeting the appropriate Department for Education knowledge and skills statements for approved child and family practitioners and/or for practice leaders and practice supervisors and/or the Department of Health knowledge and skills statements for social workers in Adult Services.


Visit the MA-level Practice Education & CPD (continuing professional development) modules page on the Goldsmiths, University of London website for more details!

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