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Practice Education, Postgraduate Certificate

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #591 (QS) London, United Kingdom
The Practice Education programme at Kingston University will enable you to gain Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) currently held by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). It is ideal if you would like to develop the next generation of social workers by teaching them during practice placements.


The Practice Education programme at Kingston University  will enable you to progress through the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) levels and develop your leadership skills. The course is aligned with Chief Social Workers' Knowledge and skills statements for practice leaders and practice supervisors.

This course is a well-established programme with a strong professional reputation. It has been developed in partnership with agencies in south-west London and Surrey and users of social work services.

The programme starts with preparing you to work with a social work student on first placement (Stage 1). You will develop a practice curriculum for the placement and learn how to manage a placement, help the student learn and how to assess their achievement. You will put this into practice by providing a 70-day placement to a social work student. You will then reflect on your practice and evaluate your practice curriculum as part of the assessment for the first module.

In Stage 2, the second module, you will have the experience of providing a 100-day final placement to a social work student. There is a strong focus in this second module on developing your reflective supervision skills.

If you have significant experience in practice education, or you have taken an Enabling Others' Learning (Social Work) course you may be able to accredit your prior learning and experience (RP(E)L) and join the Stage 2 module directly.

Where this course will take you

People who have taken this course have gone on to:

  • specialise in practice education, working with many students and trainee practice educators over the years;
  • teach in universities – nearly all the universities in London employ a staff member who have taken this programme.

Programme Structure

Modules included:
  • Practice Education Stage 1
  • Practice Education Stage 2

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Please note: there is no official deadline for applications, but we recommend that you apply by June for September entry and by October for January entry.

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      12-24 months

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Applicants must be Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered social workers who are currently employed in the sector.
  • Applicants for the Stage 1 module must have two years' post-registration experience as a social worker.
  • Direct applicants for the Stage 2 module must have three years' post-registration experience as a social worker.
  • Applicants must be in a position to offer a social work placement in their workplace. They should have the consent of their employer to do this.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1440 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1440 GBP per module and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1440 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1440 GBP per module and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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