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HECS5297M Professional Practice 5

30 creditsClass Size: 30

If you are applying for a stand-alone Masters level module please note you must meet either the general University entry criteria or the specific module pre-requisite for this level of study.

Module manager: Sue Taplin

Taught: 1 Jan to 31 Dec (12mth) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21


HECS5295MProfessional Practice 4

Module replaces

HECS5165M Professional Development 5

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

By the end of this module students should have knowledge and understanding of how to contribute to the work of organisations as a qualifying social worker.


- To critically apply a range of relevant theory to social work practice.
- To demonstrate professional assessment skills based on theoretical perspectives and integrate learning, making analytic connections between academic material and practice.
- To demonstrate the student's capacity for analysis and reflection on practice issues and the student's ability to actively contribute to the work of a social care agency.
- To reflect on and assess own development including managing self in a complex organisations and in challenging situations and considering future continuous professional development.
- To complete a 100 day practice placement in line with the Professional Capabilities Framework and HCPC Standards of Proficiency at qualifying level placement standards.

Learning outcomes
1. Students will analyse and apply a range of social work practice theory, in a critically reflective way.
2. Students will develop a critical perspective on the current and developing framework of social work practice and policy in England and Wales including the current drivers in social work practice and their historical and political context (e.g. inter professional working; 'evidence based practice')
3. Students will demonstrate an ability to use feedback constructively and have a critically reflective awareness of self in relation to being a social work practitioner.
4. Students will demonstrate competence in social work practice at beginning social worker level in line with the Professional Capabilities Framework and Standards of Proficiency
5. Students will be able to apply professional values and ethics including the HCPC guidance on expectation of registrants to their practice.

Skills outcomes
Given that this module includes a 100 day placement all of these will be fulfilled

Professionalism 1.1 to 1.11
Values & ethics 2.1 to 2.6
Diversity 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
Rights etc 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5
Knowledge 5.1 to 5.12
Reflection & analysis 6.1 to 6.6
Intervention skills 7.1 to 7.13
Contexts/organisations 8.1 to 8.7
Prof leadership 9.1, 9.2

In addition students will learn the following skills;
Solution focused practice skills
Motivational interviewing skills
Communication skills


- Skills for working with individuals and families
- Solution focused methods and systems theory
- Cognitive behavioural approaches and Motivational Interviewing; Its use with drugs and alcohol and sex offender work.
- Working with sex offenders
- Evidenced based practice and social work theory;
- Inter-professional and inter agency working - problems and opportunities
- Critically understanding assessment processes with adults and children and families.
- Communication skills across abilities and backgrounds
- Continuous professional development, handling stress, post qualifying structures, the role of the College of Social Work
- Preparation for employment applications
- HCPC expectations of registrants

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Group learning121.0012.00
Independent online learning hours30.00
Private study hours234.00
Total Contact hours730.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)994.00

Private study

Reading to complete placement and Portfolio
Preparation for seminars, tutorials and student group work

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

In year two readiness to practice is assessed through successful completion of the previous placement and satisfactory progress in academic work. Students will not be allowed to progress into placement without satisfying this requirement.
Lectures, group work and tutorials will provide formative evidence of student progress
The peer and tutor feedback in tutorials will provide further evidence of progress and should show gaps in knowledge to be addressed
The portfolio in November provides evidence of competence in relation to module outcomes.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Case Study3000 word case study highlighting elements of the PCF100.00
Placement Assessment100 day placement fulfilling the required practice hours (Pass/Fail)0.00
PortfolioPortfolio fulfilling requirements of PCF and SOP and practice educator report (Pass/Fail)0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

There will normally only be two attempts at placement. Placement resit will normally be via an extension to the placement agreed at an Action Plan Meeting to determine the shortfall in key roles and units. Such an extension will be for a maximum of 30 days and will normally directly follow the placement. Only in exceptional circumstances to be determined by the exam board will students be allowed to retake the whole placement. The practice element must be passed. Placement performance will be managed and assessed by the practice educator. The practice educator will decide on professional competence and pass or fail the student in their practice educator report Students will have a maximum of two attempts at the Portfolio. Failure at first attempt at the portfolio will jeopardise the overall mark for the module. Students will have a maximum of two attempts at the assignment. The Portfolio will be marked by the personal tutor All elements of the module have to be passed to complete the module. Students will be offered tutorial support prior to submission of portfolio, however the submitted portfolio remains the responsibility of the student

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/04/2021


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