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Supporting students in practice settings is important. As a practice supervisor, or practice educator, you're responsible for guaranteeing that social work students who graduate as registered practitioners are competent for their role.

By completing this short course, you'll experience supervising social work students, and meet stage 1 of the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) for social work. You'll develop understanding, knowledge and skills needed to supervise a learner in a practice environment, and you'll also reflect on your own practice, developing skills as a positive role model.

Course Details


  • Mode of study: Blended
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Start and end dates: Monthly, between January and June


  • Single bookings: £1,000

What You'll Experience

On this short course you'll cover:

  • The role of the practice supervisor
  • Facilitating and enhancing learning opportunities
  • Principles of Assessment and Evaluation
  • Adult learning theory
  • How students learn.
  • Critical evaluation of the influence of power and authority in the supervisory relationship


You'll be assessed through:

  • practice based teaching observations and written reflection
  • support and assessment of one 70 day student placement

Entry Requirements

This unit is offered to registered social workers or any professional body who have at least one year post qualifying experience. The worker must have been identified as eligible to support students from the University of Portsmouth.