PGDip in Higher Specialist Social Work: Practice Education (qualified Social Workers)

This set of qualifications will enable you to extend and develop your initial competence in supporting the professional learning of others. 

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Our students have been successful in a range of areas, from postgraduate research to employment in local authority children’s services departments, adult services departments, independent sector and voluntary sector agencies such as NSPCC, Family Action, MIND.
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Practice education is the teaching, mentoring, supporting and assessing of Social Work students, social care staff, qualified Social Workers and other allied professionals for the purposes of developing competence and raising the quality of service for users and carers.

Modules include enabling the learning of others, teaching and assessing the adult professional learner, developing and undertaking the evaluation of practice learning, and developing the learning organisation through work with individuals, groups, whole organisations and interagency practice.

Please note: You may take individual modules separately or exit with a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma – please contact the Programme Convenor for details.

Students who are working as associate lecturers for Goldsmiths may be able to undertake the University-run Certificate in the Management of Learning and Teaching as part of the programme.   

Courses in all of these programmes may be taken on a modular basis if appropriate.

Further Information: Find out about Service User and Carer Involvement in social work education at Goldsmiths

What you study


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Applying and entrance requirements

Entrance requirements

You should normally hold a degree level professional qualification in Social Work (eg Diploma in Social Work) or one of the caring professions and be registered, or be in the process of registering, with the GSCC as a Social Worker.

If you are not qualified as a Social Worker, you should be registered or in the process of registering with the appropriate professional body, if applicable, and have developed and consolidated your practice in a specific area of welfare practice.

You should have obtained initial competence in teaching and assessing the practice of professional students and mentoring and supporting students or colleagues, be able to demonstrate that you can meet the academic requirements of a postgraduate programme, and be working or intending to take up employment (usually in a paid, but exceptionally in a voluntary capacity) in a setting that will enable you to demonstrate competence in practice education at the required level.

We also accept a wide range of international equivalent qualifications, which can be found on our country-specific pages. If you'd like more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

English language

If your first language isn't English, you need to demonstrate the required level of English language competence to enroll and study on our programmes. 

Please check our English language requirements for more information.

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Staff in the Department of Social Work

Dr Claudia Bernard
Gender-based violence and how narratives of racism and gender oppression affect the way trauma ensuing from familial maltreatment is experienced, understood and named. Dr Bernard also leads a research group that is exploring diversity and progression of social work students in England.

Professor Jim Campbell
Mental health social work, mental health social work and law, social work and political conflict.

Anna Fairtlough
Diversity and progression in social work training; evaluation of training for work with parents initiatives; lesbian and gay parenting; parenting and domestic violence and practice education.

Joan Fletcher
Relationship-based social work and therapeutic epiphanies; diversity and progression in social work training and multi-generational, multi-family group work with teenage mothers.

Dr Perlita Harris
User views and experiences, particularly black perspectives; looked-after children; adoption, adoption support, transracial and transnational adoption. Dr Harris has also been working on a DfES-funded study, ‘Pathways to Permanence for Children of Black, Asian and Mixed Parentage: Dilemmas, Decision-Making and Outcomes.

Programme specification

To find out more about this degree, including details about the ways you'll be assessed and information about our marking criteria, you can download the programme specification


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