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Guidance on assessment of social work students

Curriculum and assessment guidance


This guidance supplements the social work qualifying education and training standards 2020.

This guidance is particularly relevant to standard 5, which is about curriculum and assessment.

We recommend that alongside this guidance, you read our guidance on:

This provides general guidance on our qualifying education and training standards.

This provides guidance against the requirements relating to practice education, as set out under standard 2, and additional guidance against standards 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 4.3 and 4.6 and 5.4.

This guidance provides more detail on how social work students should be assessed and makes suggestions for what good assessment might look like. It aims to help education providers see how they can comply with our standards.

We recognise that providers have different curricula and structures and this guidance respects these differences and is not prescriptive.

This guidance is primarily for providers of social work courses and organisations that provide practice learning placements for social work courses. Social work students may also want to familiarise themselves with this guidance as it provides information about their assessments. 

View or download the assessment of social work students guidance