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Master Practice Education - At the institution - London - Greater London
The course is an inter-professional programme designed to help experienced professionals to advance their role into work-based practice within social work and social care. The course has an initial emphasis on developing the knowledge and skills of individual practice and mentoring. The focus subsequently broadens to understanding learning and teaching in Higher Education from a range of theoretical frameworks, identifying and meeting workforce development needs and understanding research methods. The course aims to enable practitioners to support, mentor, supervise or manage others. It develops leadership skills to systematically improve own practice, the practice of others and the overall organisational effectiveness. Students will gain a critical understanding of the principles of the learning organisation and the nature of workforce development and will develop effective teaching and learning skills across a range of contexts. The award is based on the professional requirements of the General Social Care Council (GSCC) and the specialist occupational standards for practice education.
An Honours degree or equivalent and relevant professional experience. Those with lesser qualifications but substantial relevant work experience are also encouraged to apply. You must provide a written summary of your work history as it relates to the course. You must have have achieved the current post-qualifying award in social work or demonstrate equivalent professional experience. You must also be registered with GSCC. All applicants must be able to have a social work student on placement as part of their programme of learning.
MSc Practice Education
You take four core modules, one optional module and a triple-module project to achieve the Masters degree. The Introduction to Practice Education is a double module that involves supervising and assessing a social work student on placement. Concepts, skills and theory are integrated through a 12,000 - 15,000-word project.
-Introduction to Practice Education
-Theoretical Perspectives in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
-Learning and Development
-Researching Higher Education
-Mentoring and Assessing Practitioners
-Managing Self and Others
A variety of methods are used, including seminar presentation, reports, essays and practice assessment and dissertation.
Possible interim awards
-PG Certificate in Practice Education
-PG Diploma in Practice Education
For social workers this programme leads to a GSCC award, recognised either at higher or advanced specialist social work, enabling students to further their social worker/social care careers. It may also lead to a postgraduate award.
Attendance and duration
Part-time (day/eve): two years