Group Work

For careers staff working, or planning to work, with students and others in groups and who wish to develop new approaches to planning and delivery.

This course will enable participants to develop practice in the facilitation of group work and will consider approaches to online, face-to-face and blended learning. It is designed to develop reflective group work practice focusing on theories of group work and learning; preparation and facilitation; assessment; and evaluation.

Participants will look at learning styles, practice presentations skills and discuss differences in approaches to group work. Areas including group dynamics, incorporating technology and measuring impact will all be explored. The three days will conclude in the designing and presentation of a group work plan.

By the end of this three-day online course, participants should be able to:

  • identify the main principles and theories underpinning successful group work
  • demonstrate the process skills involved in planning, delivery and evaluation, e.g. the writing of aims and learning outcomes
  • outline (and subsequently demonstrate) the management, facilitation and communication skills needed to run a successful group, e.g. using a range of facilitative skills
  • describe the place of group work in the guidance process within the context of their organisation
  • demonstrate the ability to select, adapt, design and implement appropriate materials to support the learning outcomes of the session
  • recognise and respond to the needs of different client groups.

The course is being developed for online delivery and a detailed schedule will be avilable nearer the delivery dates. The training will be spread over four days with Days 1, 2 and 4 with the tutors. Day 3 will be dedicated to delegates working on a project together. 

Here are some recent delegate comments about the most useful parts of the course:

“Talking to and working with peers, collecting ideas for facilitating group work.”

“Already putting ideas into practise and sharing them with colleagues.”

Learning Outcomes

The course is delivered by The University of Warwick in collaboration with AGCAS. It is an optional module of the CEIGHE MA/PG Diploma and PG Certificate. CEIGHE registrants are supported by materials and resources from both the AGCAS and The University of Warwick’s websites.

It is also open to non-registrants whose course support and materials will be provided solely by AGCAS.

Additional information for CEIGHE registrants