Key Info
  • Type: Unit
  • Level: 7
  • Credits: 30


The Academic lead for this module is Cathie Jasper

This Masters level unit will address issues of professional practice for Social Workers at the beginning of their career, aligned with the PCF/ASYE level capabilities.

The unit will provide underpinning knowledge and learning to be delivered alongside employer ASYE programmes and will contribute to students’ understanding and achievement of PCF/ASYE level descriptors and continuing requirements of professional registration. .

Unit Contents

The unit will normally be delivered by 4 taught full day sessions and 4 half-day workshops.

The 4 taught full day sessions will be delivered around themes relating to the PCF/ASYE level capabilities. Themes will include:

The 4 half day workshops will focus on continued professional development and professional identity and will include formal input supported by group work. The workshops will examine social work practice and the impact on self and the relationship on future practice; understanding of the context of social work practice and its implications for practice and newly qualified social workers; developing enhanced knowledge and understanding of strategies to manage stress and conflict, with particular emphasis on their work setting and focus of work.

For detailed information about this unit, please download the specification document.

Study requirements

No course specific requirements

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