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Professional Education and Training PgCert/PgDip/MA

Course Description

Some modules are provided at weekends to facilitate access for those in full-time employment.

Choose Kingston's Professional Education and Training MA

This course provides a career development pathway for those wishing to specialise in professional education and training within their professional field in social work and social care. The course has an applied focus: all modules include practice elements and are research informed. Your choice of modules enables you to tailor the course to suit your professional interests. The course also acts as a springboard for those wishing to continue on to doctoral studies.

Tutorial support and guidance in professional development planning is offered to all students.

Established in 1995, this programme offers a unique pathway for graduates to change career direction and advance their careers as educators and trainers. Many graduates have obtained employment as lecturers in higher education in social work departments. Others have secured employment in training and development roles. Some have established their own training companies or work as freelance/ independent trainers and educators.

What will you study?

The course has a national and international focus. You will learn about latest developments and research in social work and social care education around the world and the global agenda for social work – an option module on international social work provides the opportunity to undertake a short international learning experience. In addition, you will develop the professional practice skills needed to work in professional education and training in social work and social care; eg educating, mentoring, supporting, assessing and managing others; teamwork and interprofessional practice; and leadership skills. There is a strong emphasis on developing your critical appraisal of research evidence and exploring ethical frameworks.

You will need to successfully complete two modules to gain the postgraduate certificate; four modules to gain the postgraduate diploma; and four modules plus a 'capstone' project and a related article suitable for publication to gain the MA.


Reports, reviews, evaluations, posters, portfolio of practice, manuals, assessed practice, projects and a 'capstone' project.

Course structure

The course offers a wide range of option modules so you can tailor it to your own professional requirements. Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Postgraduate Certificate: two modules (each of 30 level 7 credits)
Postgraduate Diploma: four modules (each of 30 level 7 credits)
MA: four modules (each of 30 level 7 credits) plus a capstone project of 60 credits

At Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma level, you may select modules from the list below. To achieve the MA you must undertake a capstone research project and produce an article for suitable for publication.


Practice Education Stage 1
Practice Education Stage 2
Planning and Delivery of Training
Supervision of Professional Practice
Mentoring, Coaching and Advanced Assessment of Professional Practice
Psychology of Teaching and Learning International Social Work and Social Work Education
Leadership, Management and Decision Making
Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Capstone Project
Leading and Managing People in Social Work Practice

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 7.0 overall with special conditions in all elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from one of the recognised Majority English Speaking Countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Professional Education and Training PgCert/PgDip/MA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Maria Brent

"Undertaking my Professional Education and Training MA at Kingston University was a significant, positive turning point in my career. Having been in front line social work for many years it enabled me to expand my horizons by providing me with a formal qualification in learning and development."


Entry Requirements

A first or second class honours degree (BA (Hons)/ BSc (Hons), or Postgraduate Diploma in a relevant subject to the course and a relevant professional qualification; or a professional qualification in social work or related profession, and substantial current or recent experience in a relevant setting for the course. “Substantial” experience may be considered in the light of your qualitative rather than quantitative experience; all applicants must normally be working in settings which will allow them to undertake the practice elements of the programme.

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