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Grad Cert Practice Education

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This part-time Graduate Certificate Practice Education enables qualified and experienced social workers to fully meet the College of Social Work Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) and has been designed to prepare candidates for the important role of teaching and assessing social work students and newly qualified social workers in practice situations. The course places a particular emphasis on developing skills and knowledge in supporting the development of professional capability in others and on undertaking the holistic assessment of professional practice.

The programme consists of two 20 credit units:

  • Enabling work based learning (meeting PEPS stage 1)
  • Supervising a learner in practice (meeting PEPS stage 2)

The programme has been constructed to provide flexible access to the two units that make up the award. This enables candidates to meet the PEPS at Stage1, Stage 2 (with APL for Stage 1) or both stages through a combined programme.

Both units adopt a blended learning approach with candidates attending workshops, completing self-managed learning and gaining experience of supporting and assessing learners in practice.

This course is under review and not currently available, we will update this page in November 2017 to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

See more course details.

Key information

Next start date:

For start date information, please contact us using details under How to Apply.


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


3 months minimum to 2 years maximum

Entry requirements:

Applicants will normally hold a social work qualification recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council or a qualification in an allied profession. You must hold at least a Diploma level qualification, such as a Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) or equivalent. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our International entry requirements.

Course details

  • Enabling work-based learning (20 credits) (meeting PEPS stage 1): This unit will enable you to develop the skills and knowledge required to teach, mentor, support and assess social work students, social care staff, qualified social workers and other allied professionals for the purpose of developing competence and raising the quality of services for users and carers.
  • Supervising a learner in practice (20 credits) (meeting PEPS stage 2): This unit will provide the opportunity for you to develop skills and knowledge which will enable you to take a lead role in the practice education of social work students including providing specific support to failing and marginal students and those with additional learning needs.

​Download the unit specification for Enabling Work Based Learning.

​Download the unit specification for Supervising a Learner in Practice.

​Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for Practice Education Graduate Certificate.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Full entry requirements

Applicants will normally:

  • Hold a social work qualification or a qualification in an allied profession 
  • Have two year post-qualifying experience in your professional field
  • Be working in an appropriate environment with the opportunity to take full responsibility for learners in practice on entry to the programme.

Notice from the Health and Care Professions Council

Social Work is a regulated profession. If you are a social work student you will be expected to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the social work profession's regulator, and adhere to the standards set out in the Code of Practice for Social Workers.

As well as regulating individual social workers and students, the HCPC also regulate the performance of social work courses, the reports of which are published on their website, so you can see how each university is performing.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally: 

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our international entry requirements page.

How to apply

We offer a single point of contact for all questions and enquiries regarding Post Qualifying Social Work courses.

Please contact our NCPQSW Administration Team (National Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work) for more information:

Please note: If your fees are to be paid by your employer you should submit your application via your Workforce Development Officer so that your employer can sign the sponsor section of the payment agreement. This must take place before you can be enrolled.

If you are paying your own fees you should submit your application directly to the NCPQSW Administration Team.