module specification

SW7003 - ASYE Consolidation of Practice (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title ASYE Consolidation of Practice
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 340
40 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
258 hours Guided independent study
42 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 0%   Observation report - Pass/Fail
Coursework 100%   Essay
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
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Module summary

Support NQSWs in their transition from qualification and registration to capable social work practitioner


Skills of critical reflection for professional development  L.O 1, 2
Ethical challenges and dilemmas within practice  L.O 2, 3
Consolidating and building knowledge and skills within the PCF domains and KSS statements  L.O 1, 2, 3, 4
Emotional intelligence and resilience  L.O 2, 4
Principles of evidence based practice/being research minded  L.O 1, 2, 3
Applied Social Work theory  L.O 1, 2, 3, 4
Effective use of supervision  L.O 1, 2
Using knowledge to reflect and evaluate practice  L.O 1, 3, 4
Examining professional identity/becoming a capable Social Worker  L.O 1, 2, 4
Working with risk (assessment, analysis and management)  L.O 1, 2, 3, 4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The delivery pattern will be scheduled as:
• 7 face to face teaching days (6 hours per day)
• 1 recall day
• 1 day for work in the library
• Total delivery: 8 days

Learning outcomes

1. Identify and analyse examples of evidence which have underpinned the students practice since qualification
2. Examine models of critical reflection and the integration of knowledge with practice.
3. Critically assess the relationship between personal and professional values
4. Examine your learning as a social worker (NQSW)  in your employment setting and organisational context

Assessment strategy

Given that this is a post qualifying module aimed at NQSW (Newly Qualified Social Workers) engaged in their ASYE (Assessed and Supported year in Employment) both assessment tasks are linked directly to the students direct social work practice. Furthermore, the assessment tasks are aimed at consolidation of social work practice.

Assessment 1: Written observation report (pass/fail)
Observation of Direct Practice/Line Manager report
Grading: Pass/Fail
2 observations of direct practice will take place. These observations will form part of the existing in-house ASYE programme delivered by each of the five local authorities.
At least 1 of the observations must be with a service user
Linked to the intervention and skills domains within the PCF
Ideally the observer will be the candidate’s line manager. An alternative person could be identified as the observer e.g. Team Manager, Senior Practitioner, Principal Social Worker, Workforce Manager). The line manager (or designated professional) will complete the observation report which will focus on the candidate’s ability to meet each domain, while referring to the PCF at the ASYE level. The template adopted for this assessment will be the National Guidance template for ASYE observation assessment.

Assessment 2: Written essay (critical case study)
Weighting: 100%
Word count: 2000
Candidates will reflect upon a live case study from their own practice and provide a reflective and evidence based account of how this has consolidated and enhanced their professional practice (linked to PCF and KSS)
Candidates are required to obtain one piece of feedback from the service user, and reflect upon this feedback in terms of the professional development within the ASYE year. The line manager (or designated professional) will review the critical reflection case study and verify that the candidate has met the requirements of the PCF (at ASYE Social Worker level). The case study will be moderated by an academic at London Met
The final mark will be derived from a consensus based discussion between the line manager and the academic tutor.



Core Text:
Keen, S; Brown, K; Parker, J; Gray, I; Galpin, D. (2012). Newly Qualified Social Workers: a
practice guide to the Assessed and Supported year in Employment. Learning Matters (2nd
edition) (Students are given this text as part of their ASYE programme – by their local authorities)
Other Texts:
Carpenter et al 2011 Carpenter J, Patsios D, Wood M, Shardlow S, Blewett J, Platt D, Scholar
H, Haines C, Tunstill J and Wong C (2011), Newly Qualified Social Worker Programme
evaluation report on the second year (2009–10).


British Association of Social Workers
Community Care
Health and Care Professions Council
Research in Practice
Skills for Care
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Social Work Reform Board

SfC 2013 Skills for Care, Concept to reality: Implementation of the ASYE with social workers in
adult services (2013).
SFC 2012 Skills for Care, Building Capacity within the third and voluntary sectors to support
Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) in Adult Services (2012).
SfC 2015 Skills for Care, ASYE longitudinal study report one – Social worker and supervisor
surveys (2015).
SWRB 2012 Social Work Reform Board, Building a safe and confident future: Maintaining
Momentum London, Social Work Reform Board (2012).
LGA 2014 Local Government Association, Standards for employers of Social Workers in
England (2014).
BASW 2015 British Association of Social Workers, the Professional Capabilities Framework
SWTF 2009 Social Work Task Force, Building a safe, confident future: The final report of the
Social Work Task Force (2009).
DH 2015 Department of Health, Knowledge and Skills Statement for Social Workers in Adult Services (2015).

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