The student prepares the elements of the portfolio, following the guidance in the Candidate Handbook and the discussions with the AP(E)L advisor which will include suggested time scales.
The assessment of the claim will mirror the normal quality assurance procedures
associated with Part 1 of the DipSW Programme, with two markers for each element
drawn from lecturers, practitioners and practice teachers, and will be subject
to the standard assessment procedures and processes including confirmation of
results by the Programme Assessment Boards, including external assessors. The
institution will scrutinise the relevant documentation with regard to the following
Authenticity - It should be the student's own work
Quality - Learning claimed should be at the academic level appropriate to the route
Directness - Learning should match the content of Part One within the DipSW
Programme as taught within the institution
Currency - All learning claimed must be up to date, mainly relate to the last five years, or show evidence of up-dating.
Students may require support from the work place, where applicable, to access relevant materials and evidence. Participants should have access to adequate material, physical resources to allow assessment criteria to be met. Where workplace mentors/advisors are used they must be conversant with the APEL process in operation and have an in-depth knowledge of the skills being assessed. It should be recognised that learners may require access to relevant training or learning experiences in order to complete claims for the whole of Part One.
The institution should provide information on the procedure for claiming APEL. The student will require details of the learning outcomes/aims and objectives of Part One. The method of assessment must be made clear to the student and be appropriate to the learning claimed. Support may be provided through written guidance materials and/or through group work / workshops. Examples of appropriate evidence may be made available to the student.
Mr Mike Docherty
|Mr David Watson
Glasgow Caledonian University
Division of Social Work
Hamish Wood Building
|Mr Fergus McNeill
Department of Social Policy & Social Work
|Mr Mel Cadman
Social Work Department
University of Strathclyde
76 Southbrae Drive
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