Post Qualifying Awards

Graduate Certificate in Practice Education

This is a programme suitable for those wishing to work, or whose role directly relates to work with students or newly qualified social workers.


This programme provides candidates with the opportunity to meet the requirements of Stage 1 and stage 2 of the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS). By the end of the programme successful candidates will have developed the skills, knowledge and confidence required to take a lead role in the work based assessment of both qualifying and post-qualification students.

Structure & time commitments

This qualification is delivered over 2 units that can be taken either consecutively ( leading to the full Graduate Certificate in approximately 1 year) or flexibly by taking a longer break between units (however, full award must be completed within 2 years). Unit 2 may also be joined with APL from learning achieved previously at Bournemouth or another University (for example as part of a Specialist Award or a course meeting the requirements of the Stage 1 PEP’s)

Each module consists of 5 taught days (including 2 guided self managed days and 3 study days)

The units are as follows:

Enabling Work Based Learning (EWBL): this module links with level 1 of the Practice Educator standards and provides a general introduction to work based learning and the contribution to the assessment of social work students, newly qualified social workers and other learners. For this module you will need to be involved in facilitating the learning of 2 contrasting learners.

Supervising a learner in practice: links to level 2 of the Practice Educator standards and builds on the knowledge developed in unit 1 with specific focus on the teaching and assessment of social work students. For this module you will need to be responsible for the assessment and management of a social work student placement.

2014 Intake

If you are interested in this programme please discuss with your line manager in the first instance.  They will need to complete DCC nomination form. You can request DCC form and BU applications forms from Kasia Dobrzynska ( Cut-off point for returning registrations is 15th August.

It is anticipated that delivery of the units will be as follows:

  • EWBL: Autumn workshops from October/November 2014
  • Unit 2: from January 2015

The programme will be delivered in the south west region on behalf of Bournemouth University and is available to participants from all the local authorities in the region.


Bournemouth University – GCPE handbook 2014

Practice Educator Professional Standards for Social Work – PDF


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