Practice Educator Professional Standards
Graduate Certificate -Stage 1 and 2
A Programme for Professionals in Enabling and Supporting Work Based Learning
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The programme is designed for experienced social workers from a range of professional settings who wish to develop their role as practice educators and provide high quality placements for social work students. This programme incorporates the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS). This came into effect from October 2013 (The College of Social Work) in recognition of the need for good quality placements, and post-qualifying learning and practice education aimed at raising and maintaining standards of social work practice. All off-site and Independent Practice Educators and Practice Educators taking final year learners are required to be registered Social Workers. They also need to hold the former Practice Teaching Award or Higher Specialist Practice Educator Award or hold or be working towards PEPS Stage 2.
You will be expected to take on at full responsibility for a learner or learners in the workplace as part of the course.
The course is validated by the Open University for a Graduate Certificate (60 credits at level 6).
The course has been designed to meet the requirements for the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) Stage 1 and Stage 2, the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) at Experienced Level and the HCPC (2012) Standards of Proficiency (TCSW, May 2012). It has also been mapped to Practice Educator Development learning outcomes. At the time of validation the Government had published DRAFT Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS) for Practice Supervisors. This programme has been designed to support these standards.
Increasingly, those who attend the programme, also have supervision and management responsibilities for a range of social workers in practice. This programme has also been mapped against the Practice Development Educators (PDE) learning outcomes. A PDE is a registered social worker who takes responsibility for supporting, assessing and/or supervising social workers undertaking post qualifying professional development and learning. This includes the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE), Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes and activities and Approved Mental Health Practitioner (AMHP) programmes .(http://www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Social-work/Social-work-CPD/Continuing-to-develop-social-workers.aspx accessed Monday 16/11/2015)
This part time programme is made up of two modules, Introduction to Enabling and Supporting Work based Learning (PEPS Stage 1) and Consolidation of Enabling and Supporting Work-based Learning (PEPS Stage 2) .
During module one, you will attend 6 days of classroom teaching, followed by the allocation of a learner. There are two assignments produced during this module and a portfolio of work carried out with a learner.
You will be supported by a Mentor throughout the programme. The Mentor will also carry out a direct observation of your practice working with a student and provide feedback on this.
You will be expected to take on at least partial responsibility for a learner or learners in the workplace as part of the course.
During module two, you will attend 3 days of classroom teaching, followed by the allocation of a learner. There are 3 assignments produced, two of which are related to the direct observation of practice and a portfolio of work carried out with a learner.
You will be supported by a mentor throughout the programme. The Mentor will also carried out a direct observation of the candidates practice working with a student and provide feedback on this.
Tuition fees are £1,780 per programme . Please note these may be subject to change.
All candidates have use of Ruskin library and there is a good range of books on practice education here, however there are some key texts that we advise students to buy .
The programme is open to qualified social workers, with 2 years qualified work experience.
All candidates must be able to satisfy the general admissions requirements for Ruskin College Oxford:
- You must demonstrate commitment to the ethos and vocation of Ruskin College
- You must have the ability to benefit from study at this level
- You must attend a selection interview for the course
- You must obtain medical clearance
- We must receive two satisfactory references
- You will be subject to a Probationary First Term period
- You will do an online literacy assessment
- You must participate in an induction week, which includes sessions on all aspects of the college
We encourage Practice Educators to stay in touch with Ruskin College, attend events, conferences, take our students on placement, get involved in teaching and generally be engaged at all levels of learning and develop for social work students.