Delivery of the Programmes

CPEL students enrol on either a full programme, consisting of a sequence of modules, or an individual module.

Each module in the programme is comprised of:

  • Scheduled learning activities
  • Guided independent study
  • Work based-related practice

Students are expected to actively engage in teaching and learning activities and to become independent and self-directed learners.

CPEL Programmes Induction Day

The programmes induction day is a face-to-face event that provides a comprehensive introduction to CPEL including academic guidance, administrative information and support and a hands-on orientation to the online learning environment. The day also provides a chance to meet with fellow students across all three post-consolidation CPEL programmes and to ask any questions you may have about the programmes.

Our experience is that students find the induction day particularly useful as for many it is a return to study after a long period, for others it is their first opportunity to use blended learning or their first time studying at Master’s Level.

Currently the induction day is delivered once in North Wales and once in South Wales and students can attend either. Please note that the programmes induction days are strongly recommended (though not compulsory) for all students. Furthermore CPEL coordinators and other employer representatives are welcome and encouraged to attend.

CPEL Online Induction

A CPEL online induction resource is also provided for new and returning students. This supplements the face to face induction and provides a useful point of reference. However it is also provided as an invaluable resource for those new students who couldn’t attend a programme induction day, and these students are expected to complete the online induction (which can be completed flexibly and will take around two hours). In particular students are strongly advised to make themselves aware of details relating to extenuating circumstances, interruptions of study, unfair practice and academic expectations at Master’s level.

Module Orientation Days

Each module has a face-to-face module orientation day, normally at the start of the module. These days are an important opportunity for students to meet in a supportive environment with their module convenor (the academic who is teaching the module) and fellow students.

A module orientation day is mandatory for students starting a module. It provides a comprehensive overview of the module that introduces outline and structure, academic content and learning outcomes. It also covers expectations around both formative and summative assessment for the module, and introduces the assignment requirements and criteria. For some modules the opportunity to focus on particular elements of content will also be taken while, perhaps most importantly, the day will provide the opportunity for students to ask questions and engage in discussion.

Each module orientation day is delivered a number of times by the same module convenor. For most modules this will be once in each of the four Alliance Universities (Bangor, Cardiff, Glyndwr and Swansea) although for some modules alternative arrangements will be made.

Students can attend any of the module orientation days for each module, and where they cannot make their ‘local’ event are expected to attend at an alternative venue.

Distance Learning

The CPEL programmes are delivered primarily on a distance learning basis and the Cardiff University virtual learning environment (VLE) is the central platform for this. After the module orientation day therefore students will engage with learning materials, activities and assignments for that module solely online. There will also be lots of opportunities for interaction with the module convenor and fellow students, and several avenues of support for students.

The principles guiding the delivery of CPEL online content are:

  • Accessibility
  • Flexibility
  • Choice
  • Relevance
  • Support

These principles are aimed at promoting and sustaining the engagement of busy social work professionals for who study time will be at a premium.

Learning materials are delivered through a bespoke online template created especially for the CPEL programmes, which allow us to present a rich variety of content in a structured, user-friendly, accessible and engaging way. The CPEL Demo Topic was created to orientate students to this online template, and provides an insight the online CPEL experience as a whole.

View: CPEL Demo Topic (opens in new window).

For more detail on what will be expected of you as a CPEL student, in terms of online learning, please see the preparing for blended learning section of this site.

Basic Principles

There are a number of underlying principles that guide the delivery of the CPEL Programmes.

Bilingual Delivery

Bilingualism is considered an essential component of the CPEL programmes. All learning materials authored by the CPEL Alliance universities will be available in both Welsh and English. Journal articles, web resources and other external resources will be available in the language in which they have been produced.

A pan-Wales Approach

Students will be registered at Cardiff University and if they complete a programme completion will receive a Cardiff University award.

However, to reflect our commitment to the whole of Wales students will be linked to the University that is most accessible to them (and which they will be asked to nominate). This could be Bangor, Cardiff, Glyndwr or Swansea.

As well as being able to attend module orientation days at their ‘link’ University, students will be allocated a ‘link University’ tutor, who can provide general academic advice and guidance, and provide a first point of contact for any other (i.e. non-academic) concerns students may have.

Support with problems and changing circumstances

We realise that there are a multitude of concerns that can impact on a student’s ability to progress on the CPEL programmes, and we will provide as much support as possible where this is the case.

Where individual circumstances change and impact studies we encourage students to consider a range of options available to them, including requesting Extenuating Circumstances (which allow for extensions to assessed work) or an Interruption of Study, which allows students to take a break from the programme and return at a later date.

Similarly, where a student fails a piece of assessed work support will be provided to help with resubmission. Where the resubmission work is failed the module is also failed but it is possible, however, to ‘redo’ the module and if successful to achieve the relevant credits.