Part-time: 1 – 2 years
Postgraduate, Professional Development
September and January
Specialist practice with adults is facing a challenging period of transformation in relation to implementing new law such as the Care Act 2014, managing the demands of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and reacting to organisational changes. It is essential that practitioners have opportunities to develop their learning and education to enhance their skills and knowledge. This course will enable practitioners to develop a broad understanding and application of knowledge related to adult social care practice, including critical awareness of current issues and new evidence-based practice research. There will be learning opportunities to generate new approaches to safeguarding policy and practice in work with adults at risk; and learning opportunities to develop and to enhance decision-making skills in complex safeguarding situations involving adults at risk.
This award is a specific pathway for practitioners in social work and social care and aims to build on their professional experience. Practitioners will be able to evidence their learning in each module in order to meet relevant CPD standards or HCPC requirements for renewing their registration.
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.
This course comprises of 3 modules. It is preferred that SW4700 or SW4701 is completed first if possible:
Professional Development Review (SW4700)
ASYE: Demonstrating Capability in Social Work Practice (SW4701)
Safeguarding and Adult Protection (SW4702)
Plus one option from the following modules:
NB: Certain modules within this course may have DBS clearance requirements.
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.
The course will:
You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.
To study towards this PGCert award, you can apply either on a course basis or individual modular 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 further details about the course and module options please contact:
Clare Stone, Course Leader
Tel: +44 (0)1772 893939
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. MD2061 is £1000 for 2016/17 or 2017/18. The fee may change in future years.
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
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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.
This award is aimed at practitioners in employment who may wish to advance their career in social work and social care practice.
Students who are enrolled with the School of Social Work Care & Community will be eligible for any international travel opportunities relevant to their study.
The PG Cert is part of the Centre for CPD in the School of Social Work Care & Community. On successful completion of this award students can progress to PG Dip/MA awards as part of their CPD.
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