Professional Practice ASYEAssessed Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) Programme

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The ASYE has been developed by the Social Work Reform Board to succeed the Newly Qualified Social Worker programme and has the aim to “ensure that NQSWs receive consistent support in their first year of employment so that they are able to become confident, competent professionals” (SWRB, 2012)

Registration on this pathway is dependent on the newly qualified social worker (NQSW) being on a programme of support and assessment provided by the employer, in line with the recommendations from the Social Work Reform Board and College of Social Work.

This GCPP (ASYE) will enable students to demonstrate that they have attained the ASYE level of the PCF via a professional and academic award that recognises their skills of professional judgement and critical reflection at ASYE. The assessment provided by Bournemouth University will ensure that the process of evaluating the capability of the ASYE is robust, fair and accurate through the scrutiny of external assessment and in partnership with employers.

There are two components to the assessment:

Part A to meet Learning Outcome 1

Students must demonstrate that they have consolidated their initial competence from the point of qualification and have developed their professional capability to the ASYE level of the PCF. This will be demonstrated through a portfolio that will contain evidence of participation in a programme of assessment and support provided by the employer.

This evidence may vary as employers have developed different schemes and the College of Social Work / Skills for Care have provided templates and guidelines to aid this process. We have also developed programmes in partnership with employers and can offer advice and guidance if required.

There is no prescribed evidence for the portfolio, but current advice is that the following should be included:

  • Evidence of meeting the 9 domains of the PCF through work products, and reflective accounts.
  • Verification of practice through completing at least 2 observations
  • Records of the learning agreement and reviews (e.g. at month 3,6,9) as well as evidence of regular supervision.
  • Final assessor report indicating the NQSW has successfully completed their ASYE year in accordance with TCSW guidelines.

Part B to meet Learning Outcome 2

In addition to part A the ASYE portfolio students will be required to write a Practice Analysis of 3500 words

The aim of this assessment is to evaluate the student’s ability to reflect on, analyse and make critical judgements about their practice, as emphasised by Munro. The aim of the practice analysis is for the student to demonstrate their ability to holistically meet the Professional Capabilities at ASYE level.

The student will be required to write a Practice Analysis reflecting on and analysing a current or completed piece of work undertaken within their ASYE year. The Practice Analysis must relate to direct work with a service user(s). They need to define the context of the piece of work and discuss the  research, theory, law and policy that related to  their practice in this case.  Critical evaluation and analysis of practice question is essential to demonstrate professional capability and it is expected that the work be written at a University degree level standard.

One of the key aspects of this Practice Analysis is that it provides the opportunity for the student to link theory to practice and to critically reflect on the work within a broad theoretical framework.  It is essential that the student demonstrates an explicit adherence to HCPC Guidance on conduct and ethics, and to the provision of ethically sound practice.  Students must be able to demonstrate an understanding of anti-discriminatory practice and their own adherence to it. 


Useful Links for more information about the ASYE Programme:

  1. The Department of Education - Assessed and Supported Year in Employment
  2. Community Care – What social workers could expect from the assessed year
  3. The College of Social Work – Newly Qualified Social Workers
  4. Unison – Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) for Newly Qualified Social Workers in England – Branch Guidance


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