Introduction to Professional Learning and Development (L5087)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

This module combines teaching and learning about the significance of identity in social work with opportunities to explore a wide range of professional and academic learning skills and techniques. The module will also introduce you to library and IT resources. You will be introduced to a range of approaches to collaborative and independent learning in preparation for work throughout the programme.

This innovative course serves to bridge the transition from previous study or work into the specific type of learning required at HE level on a professionally qualifying social work programme. Face to face teaching is supplemented with carefully designed online learning tools and activities that have relevant content but that also introduce you to a range of skills and techniques in a fun and supportive way. The process orientation of this course will help develop positive relationships within the learning group in preparation for their work together during the rest of the degree.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: