Practice Learning Qualification Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate Practice Learning Qualification (Social Services)

1. Overview

The course is specifically designed for experienced social work practitioners who wish to be involved in the assessment of social work student practice learning opportunities.

The design and delivery of the course reflects a partnership between the University and social work agencies, as well as service users and carers. The aim of the course is to provide you with the ability to facilitate and assess the professional development and competence of social work students.

2. What you will study

A blended approach to teaching and learning will be adopted. The conceptual underpinning for each module will be delivered via workbooks. In addition to this directed study, students are required to attend one study day at the University for each module. You will study 4 modules:

  • Supporting and Facilitating the Learning of Others
  • The Assessment of Learner Practice and Evaluation
  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Practice Context and Leadership

3. Entry Requirements

You must be social work qualified with significant post-qualifying experience. You must also be in a position to offer a social work student a practice learning opportunity within your agency, either statutory or voluntary organisations. Your agency setting must be able to provide learning opportunities which will allow the social work student to meet a substantial proportion of the assessed outcomes as contained within the Standards in Social Work Education. It is acknowledged that it may sometimes be necessary to negotiate learning opportunities for a student from another agency. We welcome applications from self-funding applicants wishing to practice as an independent PT. Please contact the course leader, Sheila Slesser, to discuss this further.

4. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2018/2019

All Students

  • £1,010 .

For Academic Year 2017/2018

All Students

  • £980 .

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

  • £930 .

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

  • £900 .

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

  • £870 .

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

  • £845 entire course

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

  • £795 entire course

For Academic Year 2011/2012

All Students

  • £775 entire course


Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


5. How to apply

Those interested in this course should apply by 30 November 2017. Applicants from Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Moray Council should send their application forms to the appropriate person within their agency.

All other applications to be sent to:

Sheila Slesser,
PLQ(SS) Course Leader,
School of Applied Social Studies,
Faculty of Health and Social Care,
The Robert Gordon University,
Garthdee Road,
Aberdeen, AB10 7QG

Phone: 01224 263224

Download: Practice Learning Qualification Application Form (DOC 50KB)

Admissions Policy

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

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Graduate Certificate

Start Date


Course Length

1 year

Mode of Attendance


Academic School
School of Applied Social Studies
More Information:
Sheila Slesser Course Leader Practice Learning Qualification and Lecturer
01224 263224
Accredited By
Scottish Social Services Council