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MA-level Practice Education & CPD (continuing professional development) modules

Course Description

These CPD modules will enable you to extend and develop your initial capabilities in supporting the professional learning of others and develop specific knowledge, skills and values in relation to particular practice areas- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/cpd-practice-education/

This programme has been endorsed by The College of Social Work as working to an agreed set of quality criteria and offers provision that meets the CPD learning needs of social workers.

Where do you see yourself in five years' time?

Do you see yourself moving into a more experienced, advanced or strategic social work role? If so, Goldsmiths can support you in developing your professionalism by enhancing your skills, expanding your knowledge and reflecting on values. The modules of the MA in Advanced Social Work (Practice Education), for qualified social workers and MA in Practice Education, for other professions, can be taken as standalone Continuous Professional Development modules.

As the modules of the Practice Education pathway are designed to build on previous learning, we recommend that you take these in the suggested sequence.

CPD at Goldsmiths offers a whole range of modules designed to further your capabilities in all of the Professional Capability Framework (PCF) domains, but it focuses especially on practice education and professional leadership.

The CPD modules are supporting you in your development on the Practice Education and Leadership pathways of the PCF.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Adi Staempfli.

Modules & Structure

The first two modules support you in meeting the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS). This allows you to become a practice educator for social work students on their first (PEPS stage1) and last placement (PEPS stage 2).

The next two modules focus on planning, implementing and evaluating a learning intervention and help you to develop your skills as a Practice Development Educator.

If you are going to work with NQSW as an ASYE mentor and assessor, module five is designed for you.

In all these modules you will develop your capabilities in relation to teaching, mentoring, supporting and assessing of Social Work students, social care staff, qualified Social Workers and other allied professionals.

Professional leadership also involves developing the learning organisation through working not only with individuals but also with groups, whole organisations and in interagency practice.

The last two modules specifically address these leadership skills and enhance your capabilities in working with teams and groups and in supporting workforce development through reflective practice and learning within and across organisations.

If you want to further develop your leadership in social work education and research capabilities and evidence informed practice skills you can apply to the MA and conduct your own research.

We also offer CPD modules on interpersonal skills for direct work with adult service users and on the Care Act, including adult safeguarding.

The modules have an academic and professional component. They support you in learning from your work, your reading and your interaction with others and by developing practice, skills and values, always aiming to enhance the experience of students, service users and carers you are working with.

Other entry requirements

You should have obtained initial competence in teaching and assessing the practice of professional students and mentoring and supporting students or colleagues. You should be working or intending to take up employment (usually in a paid, but exceptionally in a voluntary capacity) in a setting that will enable you to demonstrate competence in practice education at the required level. If you already hold the Practice Teaching Award or another equivalent qualification, or have MA level credits, you can apply for accreditation of prior accredited learning.

What support can I expect?

Once you have started with the module you will receive a handbook for the CPD modules. This handbook lists all the relevant dates (see chapter on curriculum). In the handbook you can also find all the relevant information on your module(s), including module outlines, learning outcomes, assessment requirements, reading lists, additional support available to practice educators with a learning disability, etc. In addition, we offer an induction workshop, where you will be supported with your enrolment, receive information on the virtual learning environment (VLE) and be given an induction to the library. In relation to your assessment we are running portfolio preparation workshops for some modules and are also offering sessions on how to upload your portfolio. You are entitled to 1 hour individual tutorial time per 60 credits, or 30 minutes, if you are doing 30 credits. Tutorials can either be face to face, phone or via email.


Please visit http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/fees-funding/ for details.

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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Entry Requirements

You should hold a degree-level professional qualification in social work or one of the caring professions, and be registered or be in the process of registering with the HCPC as a social worker; or be registered or in the process of registering with another appropriate professional body, if applicable. You are required to be qualified for two years and have two years' work experience for module one and three years’ work experience for module two. You should be able to demonstrate that you can meet the academic requirements of a post-graduate programme.

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