Course information

Course overview

Support the professional learning of others through leadership in education, supervision and reflective practice.

Newly developed post-qualifying social work CPD programme

Goldsmiths’ social work team is recognised for its provision of excellent continuous professional development (CPD) for social workers. We are part of the Department for Education (DfE) funded Consortium led by Research in Practice (RiP) to develop and deliver a national Practice Supervisor Development Programme.

The outstanding quality of our social work programmes was recognised in 2015 when Goldsmiths, in collaboration with Royal Borough of Greenwich, the London Borough of Southwark and the London Borough of Lewisham, became a Social Work Teaching Partnership (SWTP) early adopter site, one of only four in the country. Since then we have developed this new programme for qualified social workers who want to develop their professional leadership in line with the revised Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF):

"We act and show leadership, individually and collectively, through promoting social work’s purpose, practices and impact. We achieve this through activities such as: advancing practice; supervising; educating others; research; evaluation; using innovation and creativity; writing; presenting; using social media; being active in professional networks and bodies; influencing; challenging; contributing to policy; taking formal leadership/ management roles. We promote organisational contexts conducive to good practice and learning. We work in partnership with people who use services and stakeholders in developing our leadership and aims for the profession."
– The British Association of Social Workers (BASW), 2018

Why study with us?

  • The MA-level Social Work CPD modules support flexible and modular professional development across three pathways: Direct Practice, Practice Education and Management.
  • We recognise that much of learning takes place in the workplace. All modules fully integrate practice with relevant theory/research and values.
  • We believe in strength in diversity and our teaching, lecturers, participants and experts by experience reflect this.
  • Participants can gain academic credit for developing their capability through work-based activities in either direct social work practice, practice education or management roles.
  • Access to university facilities, library and resources on and off campus.

All modules on the post-qualifying MA programme align with career development, from initial consolidation and early professional development to supporting social work students on placement (Practice Educator), to becoming a Practice Supervisor or Practice Development Educator. In essence, the modules support the enhancement of practice relevant to participants’ roles with a focus on professional leadership as defined by the PCF and are aligned with the different Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS) for both Child and Family and Adult Social Work. Download our diagram outlining the different leadership pathways (PDF) for more information.

Staff

Find out about the staff currently teaching in the Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Sharon Jennings

What you'll study

You can choose from a range of modules, listed below. See links to the module outlines for details and download the applicant pack (PDF) for more detailed information.

Module title Credits
  Consolidation of Practice and Early Professional Development 30 credits
  Enabling the Learning of Others 15 credits
  Assessing and Teaching the Adult Professional Learner 15 credits
  Designing Learning Opportunities for Teams and Groups 15 credits
  Facilitating Learning in Teams and Groups 15 credits
  Professional Supervision and Practice Assessment 15 credits
  Reflective Practice Within and Across Organisations 15 credits
  Work-based Learning Modules 1-4 15 credits (modules 1 and 2) or 30 credits (modules 3 and 4)
  Research Methods in Professional Leadership for Social Work 15 credits
  Research and Practice in Professional Leadership for Social Work 45 credits

Example of pathways

To help you choose the right combination of modules, you might want to consider the following examples for the different pathways:

Direct Practice Pathway

  • Consolidation and Early Professional Development (30 credits)
  • Enabling the Learning of Others (15 credits)
  • Assessing and Teaching the Adult Professional Learner (15 credits)
  • Reflective Practice within and across Organisations (15 credits)
  • Work-based Learning Modules (45 credits)
  • Research Methods in Professional Leadership for Social Work (15 credits)
  • Research and Practice in Professional Leadership for Social Work (45 credits)

Practice Education Pathway

  • Enabling the Learning of Others (15 credits)
  • Assessing and Teaching the Adult Professional Learner (15 credits)
  • Designing Learning Opportunities for Teams (15 credits)
  • Facilitating Learning in Teams and Groups (15 credits)
  • Professional Supervision and Practice Assessment (15 credits)
  • Reflective Practice within and across Organisations (15 credits)
  • Research Methods in Professional Leadership for Social Work (15 credits)

Management Pathway – Outline for Developing Leaders

  • Enabling the Learning of Others (15 credits)
  • Assessing and Teaching the Adult Professional Learner (15 credits)
  • Professional Supervision and Practice Assessment (15 credits)
  • Reflective Practice within and across Organisations (15 credits)
  • Work-based Learning Modules (60 credits)
  • Research Methods in Professional Leadership for Social Work (15 credits)
  • Research and Practice in Professional Leadership for Social Work (45 credits)

Management Pathway – Outline for Senior Leaders

  • Recognition of Prior Experiential and or Credited Learning (60 credits)
  • Work-based Learning Modules (60 credits)
  • Research Methods in Professional Leadership for Social Work (15 credits)
  • Research and Practice in Professional Leadership for Social Work (45 credits)

Please note, these are just suggestions and you can put together a flexible programme that suits your role and development and which are best aligned to the needs of your team or organisation. Ultimately all these modules are there to support you and your organisation to continuously engage in learning for the benefit of service users and carers.

Download the current timetable for modules running in 2018-19 (PDF).

Download the programme specification, for the 2019-20 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

Before you apply to undertake any of the post-qualifying social work modules at Goldsmiths, you need to complete an application form and get agreement from your employer. Talk to your line manager and your Practice Learning or Workforce Development Coordinator. Download the application form (Word document).

If you are in full-time employment, we recommend that you sign up to no more than 30 credits per year on the Continuing Professional Development programme (PG Credits - 270002A). If you complete the modules successfully you will get a Transcript of Record. 

If you want to obtain the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Leadership for Social Work and you do not want to take any further modules or if you have already obtained 120 credits at MA level and you wish to gain the MA award you will need to apply to the MA in Professional Leadership for Social Work.

Criteria for admission

The procedures for recruitment and selection adhere to the College’s general admissions policies including equality and diversity strategies and objectives. 

Normally applicants should:

  1. Hold a degree level professional qualification in social work;
  2. Be registered or be in the process of registering with the professional regulator as a social worker;
  3. Have passed the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) or can demonstrate post qualifying professional development to an equivalent level or above;
  4. Be able to demonstrate that they can meet the academic requirements of a post-graduate programme;
  5. 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 professional leadership for social work at the required level. 

Selection process

In the majority of cases, applicants will be selected and sponsored by your employing agency. However, we welcome applications even if you are not being sponsored by your employing agency, provided that you are in a position to demonstrate capability in professional leadership at the required level in your professional and academic work.

Admission will be via an online application process that asks for:

  • Details of professional and academic qualifications and experience;
  • A personal statement of 500 words in which applicants, 
    • outline the skills, knowledge and values that you bring from your professional practice
    • describe existing experience in professional leadership
    • discuss what knowledge and skills you hope to gain from attending the programme
  • Supply a reference from a line manager or equivalent recommending you for the programme and confirming that you will be able to demonstrate capability in professional leadership at the level that is required to complete the programme;
  • Supply a funding confirmation form with a commitment from your agency or yourself undertaking to pay the necessary fees.

The post-qualifying programme convener will advise applicants and students, assess and make decisions on all applications. A standard assessment schedule will be used to ensure transparent and consistent decision-making. In some situations, you may be asked to provide further information.

Interviews will not normally be held, but in some exceptions, you may be asked to attend an interview.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

Fees, funding & scholarships

To find out more about your fees, please check our postgraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

How to apply

Once you have agreement from your organisation, complete the application form, which you can obtain from them. This needs to be signed off by both your line manager and the person who is responsible for workforce development. Once you have done this you can apply to Goldsmiths using our online application system.

If you are a self-funder, please contact the programme convener, Adi Staempfli.

Application deadlines

The application deadline for modules starting in September, October, November or December is Sunday, 9 September 2018.

If you are applying for modules starting in 2019, the deadline is Friday, 7 December 2018.

Find out more about applying.

Learning & teaching

A key feature of this programme is the consistent integration of practice and academic perspectives and this is reflected in both teaching and learning and assessment strategies. This enables students to demonstrate how they are meeting the appropriate Department for Education knowledge and skills statements for approved child and family practitioners and/or for practice leaders and practice supervisors and/or the Department of Health knowledge and skills statements for social workers in Adult Services.

What are the requirements for meeting the PEPS 1 and 2?

To meet the requirements of Practice Educator Professional Standards at stage 1 you will need to: meet the academic standards (pass) for module 1 (Enabling the Learning of Others) and meet the professional standards in your work with your student. For this you will need to have worked with a social work student (first placement), which is assessed by the university's tutor and to be observed by a PQ Assessor in your practice with the student.

To meet the requirements of Practice Educator Professional Standards at stage 2 you will need to: meet the academic standards (pass) for module 2 (Assessing and Teaching the Adult Professional Learner) and meet the professional standards in your work with your student or another learner. For this you will need to have worked with a social work student (final placement) or another learner, which is assessed by the university's tutor and to be observed by a PQ Assessor in your practice with the student. Please note that employers are responsible to keep track of whether their employees meet the PEPS.

To only meet the academic university requirements for modules 1 & 2, you must have worked with a student or another learner and have been observed at least one by a PQ Practice Assessor.

Can I take on a final year student on placement if I only meet the PEPS1?

A social worker who has met the requirements for PEPS 1 but does not meet the requirements of PEPS 2 (or is not in training to meet the requirements of PEPS 2) cannot work with a final year student.

If you are not in training to meet the requirements for PEPS 2 you can only work with a final year student, if you are supervised by a practice educator who meets the PEPS 2 requirements. This supervising practice educator acts as a long arm support by coaching you, by reading and signing off the reports on the assessment of the student.

What support can I expect?

Once you have started with the module you will receive a handbook for the CPD modules. This handbook lists all the relevant dates (see the chapter on curriculum). In the handbook, you can also find all the relevant information on your module(s), including module outlines, learning outcomes, assessment requirements, reading lists, additional support available to practice educators with a learning disability, etc. In addition, we offer an induction workshop, where you will be supported with your enrolment, receive information on the virtual learning environment (VLE) and be given an induction to the library. In relation to your assessment, we are running portfolio preparation workshops for some modules and are also offering sessions on how to upload your portfolio. You are entitled to 1 hour individual tutorial time per 60 credits, or 30 minutes if you are doing 30 credits. Tutorials can either be face to face, phone or via email. 

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