Core Module Information
Module title: Supervised Social Work Practice Placement

SCQF level: 10:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: HSC10111
Module leader: Jill Davey
School School of Health & Social Care
Subject area group: Allied Health and Social Care Sciences


Description of module content:

This module will enable you to apply your learning from Modules 1 and 2 to a practice
learning setting, as you supervise a social work student on practice placement. You will
be supported and assessed throughout the placement by a Practice Assessor. You will
take responsibility for design and delivery of practice learning opportunities, taking account of your student’s specific learning style, needs and stage of study. You will design an introductory programme, which will prepare the student for direct work with
service users in the placement agency, ensuring that students have the opportunity to learn about specific legislation, policy and guidance as relevant to the setting, are able to observe a range of practitioners and visit appropriate resources. You will be
responsible for providing weekly one-to-one supervision to students, with some of these
meetings being observed by the Practice Assessor. As part of this process, you will be providing feedback and feed-forward to your student, communicating your ongoing assessment of their ability to meet the Standards in Social Work Education and compliance with the SSSC Codes of Practice and taking account of feedback from
service users/carers and other stakeholders. You will need to evidence your ability to support students’ learning by creating a stimulating learning environment, with opportunities for students to meet all the requirements of the SiSWE, which may include negotiating learning opportunities with other agencies as and when necessary. You must
evidence your ability to reflect critically on your application of theory to practice with your
Practice Assessor.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: integrate use of a range of theoretical frameworks and approaches into
supervising and assessing students in Social Work placements;
LO2: develop, facilitate and evaluate structured opportunities for individual learners to support evidence based, reflective and critically analytical practice; taking into account competing demands of practice and education.
LO3: assess Social Work students against set criteria and communicate this assessment verbally and in writing;
LO4: demonstrate and critically evaluate appropriate leadership skills, to contribute to the evaluation of effectiveness of learning and assessment in practice setting; including the knowledge and skills based on evidence
LO5: establish and model good practice and collaborative relationships to support learning in interprofessional contexts

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 3, PLACEMENT LEARN, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: PLACEMENT LEARN
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Jill Davey
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
In this module, you will be supervising a Social Work student while being assessed by a Practice Assessor. Using your knowledge base, you will be planning and delivering a structured student placement, which will provide opportunities for the student to meet all
the requirements of the Standards in Social Work Education (LO1). You will ensure that
the student has a comprehensive induction programme, to prepare them for contact with service users, opportunities to observe other practitioners, guide them to relevant literature to support evidence-based practice and ensure that they gain a clear understanding of legislation, policy and guidance as applicable to the practice setting (LO2).
You will be providing weekly supervision, where you will help your student reflect on their work and make links between their learning at university and their direct work with service users (LO1).
In collaboration with your student, you will create a placement agreement, which will clearly indicate the type of learning opportunities the student can expect, how they will assist them in meeting the Standards in Social Work Education and how you will assess
their practice, taking account of feedback from service users and other stakeholders.
You will take the lead in identifying suitable learning opportunities and negotiate with the placement agency and other contributors to the student's learning (LO3, LO5).
Throughout the placement, you will be supported and assessed by an approved Practice Assessor. Your Practice Assessor will meet with you on a regular basis, providing you with opportunities to reflect on your practice with the student and the quality of the
practice placement you are providing (LO4)

Students who struggle to meet the necessary standards will require additional support and consideration (LO4) and, at times, this can lead to tensions between the need of students and the needs of service users. You will have opportunities to role play through some of those situations with your peers and with students from our Master of Social Work programme (LO3).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment is an integral part of this module. You will receive feedback and feed-forward as part of supervision with your Practice Assessor on a monthly basis during the supervised placement. Written feedback will be provided in relation to the three observed supervision sessions. You will be keeping a reflective learning log and, on five occasions, you will submit short reflective posts (5 x 250 words) to a shared online discussion forum, exploring your learning in relation to LO1-5. You and your peers will be
able to comment on each other's contributions and you can subsequently review and amend your contributions, before submitting them as part of your summative portfolio at the end of the placement.

Summative Assessment:
At the end of the supervised placement, you will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence. The portfolio will include the following elements:
- Practice Assessor’s summative assessment report with Pass/Fail recommendation
- copies of the five discussion board submissions
Summative Assessment
- a 1,500 word wraparound text, reflecting on your application of knowledge and learning
from Modules 1 and 2 and any challenges faced during the supervised, assessed
placement. You must outline how you plan to continue in your development as a Practice Educator
- feedback from your student
- feedback from your line manager
- feedback from other stakeholders (eg service users, colleagues, other professionals)
- three direct observation forms
The portfolio will be formally assessed at a Practice Assessment Panel. Members of the Practice Assessment Panel will be Social Work qualified. You will not be able to accept further student placements until they have passed this module.
Your portfolio must provide evidence in relation to LO1-5.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Portfolio 100 1-5 14/15 , WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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