Practice Learning Qualification (Social Services) (GradCert)

Robert Gordon University


The course will offer opportunities to revisit the social work theory base and gain fresh understanding around the role evidence-based practice has on practice and learning. A major component of the course is undertaking the role of Practice Teacher for a social work student, therefore there is a strong emphasis on the role of reflective practice and how learning is facilitated with the social work student.

Assignments will draw on this experience relating to exploring the theories of adult learning, assessment and leadership. PLQ candidates will be supported throughout the course by a practice mentor who will be identified by either your own agency or by the Course Leader.

You will learn to facilitate the learning of others within the context of supportive learning environments and effective working relationships. You will learn to make sound and accountable assessments of learner practice, and evaluate the effectiveness of the experiences provided to the learner.

With reference to direct practice experiences, you will learn to reflect critically on the contribution of an evidence-based practice approach to the development of social work practice, and the ability to facilitate the learners’ integration of legislation and policy to practice. You will also learn and employ appropriate leadership skills within the practice setting.

Entry Requirements

The course is specifically designed for social work practitioners with at least 2 years post-qualifying experience who are nominated by their local authority employers to train as Mental Health Officers. You will remain in employment throughout the course.

Start Date



Postgraduate Certificate

Study Method

Blended learning

Course Length

12 months


School of Applied Social Studies

SCQF Level