SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code MHL522669
Module Leader Shelley Buckley
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Social Work
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

-108 Successful completion of Level 3 modules including DP1.

Summary of Content

The second Direct Practice module is intended to enable students to build upon and deepen the practice skills, knowledge and values developed in DP1. Essentially, DP2 requires students to reach the standard required for professional post-qualifying practice. Thus, students are required to demonstrate a wider range of attributes including autonomous practice, increased levels of critical analysis, assessment, decision making and intervention skills. It is expected that student practice will demonstrate an enhanced awareness and understanding of oppression and discrimination, and responds reflexively to diverse service user need. Students will be required to address learning development needs identified in DP1. They will be required to act in accordance with the Scottish Social Services Council's Code of Practice for Social Workers (2005) and the School of Health and Life Science's Fitness to Practise Policy and Procedures. These include a commitment to safeguarding the confidentiality of all users and staff members encountered within the practice learning placement.


The module consists of 110 days in total of which 100 days will be spent in practice learning agencies. These agencies deliver social work or social care services and students are placed there to learn the relevant knowledge and skills to function as effective and ethical practitioners. The purpose of Supervised Direct Practice modules is to facilitate the student's integration of knowledge gained in the university and from previous experience into their practice, and in DP2 to prepare and assess their readiness for post-qualifying practice. This will be done by the allocation of particular tasks and workload in the agencies to which each student is assigned. Links will be made with previous and on-going teaching and learning.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Demonstrate that they have met the relevant standards in social work education and key roles for SDP2.2. Critically consolidate skills in critical analysis and reflection upon practice.3. Demonstrate the application of social work values and ethics in practice.4. Develop a critical awareness of ethical principles and ethical dilemmas.5. Demonstrate the evaluation and application of appropriate knowledge, theory, research and forms of evidence in practice.6. Make judgements where data/information is limited or comes from a range of sources7. Demonstrate and evidence the application of policy, legislation and relevant practice frameworks, models and methods in practice8. Demonstrate and evidence the capacity to practice in ways that demonstrate awareness of own and other's roles and responsibilities9. Exercise autonomy and initiative in professional activities10. Work under guidance in a peer relationship with specialist practitioners11. Manage complex ethical and professional issues in accordance with current professional and/or ethical codes of practice12. Draw on a range of sources in making judgements

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Practice learning opportunities will be provided via the Learning Network West and are selected from a broad and varied range of agencies, including: statutory, private and voluntary; field, residential and community, all of which will provide opportunities for multi-professional practice. An accredited practice teacher will guide the student's practice to enable the module learning outcomes to be addressed and s/he will work in conjunction with the student's practice learning tutor and, where relevant, link worker to identify appropriate learning opportunities and assess the student's practice. Full use will be made of GCU Learn to provide exemplars, good practice models and to share learning among students. Direct placement experience will be complimented by a practice learning curriculum, comprising 10 days of wrap-around workshops based at the University. These consists of 5 days pre-placement preparation for practice workshops, 2 days mid-point workshops and 3 days at the end; these will link DP1 learning to the final DP2 placement, enable students to consolidate learning through presentations of direct practice experience and prepare students for post-qualifying practice, in line with the social work division's employability strategy.

Indicative Reading

-720 Banks, S., 2012. Ethics and Values in Social Work. London, Palgrave. Beesley, P., Watts, M. and Harrison, M., 2018. Developing Your Communication Skills in Social Work, London, Sage. Constable, G., 2013. Written Presentation of Self. In Skills for Social Work Practice, ed. A. Mantell, 2 nd edn. London, Sage, -1 Doel,-12 M.,-12 2010,-12 -1 Social-15 -6 Work-11 -1 Placements-14 --11 A-24 -1 Travellers-11 -1 Guide.-12 London , Routledge. Dunk- West, P., 2018. How to be a Social Worker: A Critical Guide for Students 2 nd edn. London, Palgrave. Egan, G., 2014. The Skilled Helper, 10th edn. Brooks Cole Cengage Learning, USA. Fenton, J., 2016. Values in Social Work: Reconnecting with Social Justice. London, Palgrave. Field, P., Jasper, C and Littler, L., 2016. Practice Education in Social Work: Achieving Professional Standards 2nd edn. Northwich, Critical Publishing. Fook, J, and Gardner, F., 2008. Practising Critical Reflection. Berkshire: Open University Press. Gray M, and Webb S., 2013. Social Work Theories and Methods, 2nd Edition. London, Sage. Grant, L and Kinman, G., 2014. Developing Resilience for Social Work Practice. London, Palgrave. Kettle, M., 2015. Achieving Effective Supervision. Glasgow, Institute for Innovation in Social Services. Koprowska, J., 2014. Communication and Interpersonal Skills in Social Work, 4th edn. London, Sage. Lishman, J. ed., 2007. Handbook for Practice Learning in Social Work and Social Care, 2nd edn. London, Jessica Kingsley. McLean, S, Harrison, R., 2012. Theory and Practice: A Straightforward Guide for Social Work Students, 2nd edn. London, Kirwan & McLean Associates Ltd. Miller, W. R., & Rollnick, S., 2013. Applications of Motivational Interviewing. Motivational interviewing: Helping People Change, 3rd edn. New York, NY, US: Guilford Press. Milner, J., Myers, S. and O'Byrne, P., 2015. Assessment in Social Work 4 th edn. London, Palgrave. Parker, J. & Bradley, G., 2003. Social Work Practice: Assessment, Planning, Intervention and Review. Exeter, Learning Matters. Payne, M., 2014. Modern Social Work Theory. 4th ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave. Rogers, M and Allen, D., 2019. Applying Critical Thinking and Analysis in Social Work. London, Sage.

Transferrable Skills

-426 1. Use strategies to critically analyse and challenge the impact of discrimination and disadvantage in practice 2. Deal with complex ethical dilemmas and conflicts and make informed judgements in practice 3. Utilise self-management skills 4. Use group and team working skills 5. Collect, collate, assess and present information 6. Empower service users and carers to participate in deciding their own service delivery 7. Make assessments 8. Plan service delivery 9. Intervene and provide services to a range of service users and carers 10. Reflect on and critically analyse their own and others' practice

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 60.00
Assessment (FT) 40.00
Independent Learning (FT) 20.00
Placement 280.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Portfolio n/a 100.00 40% Portfolio of evidence from direct practice 8000-9000 words