PGCert = Part-time 1 – 2 years, PGDip = Part-time 1 – 2 years (following completion of a PGCert), MA = Part-time 1 – 2 years (following completion of the PGDip)
Postgraduate, Professional Development
Mixed Mode, Part-time
Flexible – please discuss options with CPD team
The PGCert award offers the opportunity of postgraduate study for practitioners in social work and social care in settings beyond specialist child care, adult and mental health teams, for example: YOT, homeless services, domestic violence, learning disabilities and substance misuse specialisms. For social workers this will provide evidence of their learning in order to meet HCPC requirements for renewing their registration. However, we would expect this course to be attractive to non-social work qualified staff as part of their continuing professional development (CPD) and career development. The core module aims to support practitioners to extend their knowledge and analytical skills in relation to their own CPD and to reflect on their capability in relation to their evolving scope of practice.
Candidates can enhance their academic qualification by progressing from one of the Centre for CPD PGCerts to complete a PGDiploma and then further with the MA. This is a generic route and provides a flexible and wide choice of modules. For the PGDiploma the candidate will complete a research module and choose 2 other modules from a broad range. The MA will involve a dissertation in an area of their specialist practice.
This award is available for all practitioners in the field of social work or social care and will form part of their employer’s commitment to CPD alongside their own registration requirements with professional regulators.
There is a standard benchmark of a first degree at 2.2 or above in a relevant subject, but non-standard entrants with suitable experience in social care and evidence of recent study will be considered;
International applications must have an IELTS score of a minimum of 7.0;
Applicants will normally be practitioners in an area of social care or social work.
Please note, certain modules within this course may have additional entry requirements
PGCert comprises of 3 modules:
Critical reflection on Professional Learning and Development (SW4703)
Plus 2 modules from Option List below
PGDip comprises of 3 modules:
Introduction to Social Research (SW4027)
Plus 2 modules from Option List below (except modules already completed in PGCert)
MA comprises of 1 60 credit module:
Option List for PGCert and PGDip:
The date of the next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be confirmed soon, in the meantime please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.
Aims of the course include:
You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.
To study towards the PGCert or PGDip award, you can apply either on a course basis or individual modular basis. To study towards the MA award you will apply on a course basis.
Please contact the CPD team for specific guidance to support you in completing an application and to ensure it is directed appropriately once submitted. You will be advised to apply through the University Online Application System.
Individuals should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.
Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Part-time: 2016/17 or 2017/18 start = £650* per 20 credit module (UK/EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
*Module cost will apply throughout the course if commencing in 2016/17 or 2017/18 and providing students do not interrupt their study. Lower exceptional fees may apply to SW4700, SW4701, SW4705 and SW4706. MD4061 is £1000 for 2016/17 or 2017/18. SW4037 is £1950 for 2016/17 or 2017/18. Fees may change in future years.
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
Specialist Practice with Adults Postgraduate , PGCert, Part-time
Safeguarding Children Postgraduate , PGCert, Part-time
Researching Social Care Postgraduate , PGCert, Part-time
Mental Health Practice including Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) Training Postgraduate , PGCert, Part-time
Substance Misuse Postgraduate , PGCert, Part-time
Leadership and Management in Social Work and Social Care Postgraduate , PGCert, Part-time
Specialist Practice with Adults Postgraduate , PGCert, Part-time
Specialist Child Care Practice Postgraduate , PGCert, Part-time
Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People Postgraduate , MA, Full-time and Part-time
Doctor of Professional Practice Community Social Care Policy and Practice Postgraduate , DProf, Part-time
The University has been endorsed by the College of Social Work as a provider of CPD training.
Keynote lectures, seminars, tutorials, material for self-directed learning, e-learning, workshops will form part of university based learning provision.
Students will be required to link formal learning to their practice and will be encouraged to build on existing skills/develop new skills to consolidate their learning across the academic and practice fields.
Skills, values and knowledge will be developed through group discussions, group tutorials, presentations and practice learning opportunities.
The overarching teaching and learning strategy will enable students to develop cognitive skills which are appropriate to independent learning and postgraduate study.
A range of assessment methods will include essays, presentations, case studies, practice observation, reflective writing, practice portfolios, and personal development files.
Students who are enrolled with the School of Social Work, Care and Community may be eligible for international travel opportunities relevant to their study.
On successful completion of this award students can progress to PGDip/MA awards as part of their CPD. For full details on the school’s CPD offering and progression routes please visit www.uclan.ac.uk/socialworkcpd