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Nursing Health Sciences and Social Care

Practice Education in Social Care

Certificate in Supervision for Practice Educators in Social Care (Mayo)

12 week blended learning course (Level 7, 5 ECTS) Commencing in January 2022.

Discipline: Nursing Health Sciences and Social Care

Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 7

Programme Duration: 12 Weeks

Mode of Study: Blended Learning

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Credits: 5

Places: 25

Why Study?

The course would also be useful for managers of those in a Practice Education role. 

This module will engage Practice Educators with skills and knowledge to work with learners in the social care context.

It will clarify the roles and expectations of the three parties;

1) The Learner
2) Placement Provider

It will introduce a conceptual definition of social care, an examination of the CORU proficiencies framework and the changing expectation of placement supervision and practice education.

The components of supervision, including mentoring, assessment, feedback, reflective practice, support and planning from different theoretical perspectives will be explored.

The significance of reflective practice in the integration of learning will draw upon Collingwood’s theory to practice model as well as Kolb's, Gibbs and Schon amongst others.

Finally, we will examine the assessment framework and in particular the practice educator assessment tool and its application in practice.

Students will be required to complete continuous assessments as part of their studies.

GMIT recognises the need to provide appropriate training to those in the position of Practice Educator within social care in order to maximise the experience of our students that engage in Professional Practice as it is a significant and integral part of their social care qualification.

The ability to embed and transform college-based learning into a student’s professional proficiency is an inter-active process between on and off-campus sites. Central to this transformation is the capacity of the Practice Educators to guide and facilitate GMIT’s social care students on placement.

Programme Modules

To be confirmed

Essential Information: 

How to Apply

Expressions of interest should be made to


Evidence of the following must be provided by each applicant:

Approval letter from the applicants line manager to participate in the course

Confirmation that the applicant is/will be a Practice Educator of a GMIT social care student or the manager of Practice Educators

There is a waiver of fees for this course with priority given to organisations taking GMIT social care students for this semester. Applications are considered for other social care organisations that have an agreement with GMIT for placements. There is a limit of 25 students for this course.

***The applicant would need to have a qualification and/or experience within social care or a cognate discipline.

Course Duration
The course will be delivered one day per month over a 12 week period, in GMIT Mayo Campus in Castlebar. Some weeks may have face-to-face time through online engagement e.g. Skype.

Contact Us

Eoghan Murphy,
Programme Chair
Tel: 00353 (0) 94 90 43172