This module provides a range of opportunities to explore the links between current legislation, policy and practice in the context of services for people with learning disabilities.
Our CPD modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your professional development. Credits can be gained on a standalone modular basis or used to achieve one of the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s CPD target awards.
Entry and Admissions
Short Course / CPD
3 months, comprising 6 teaching days plus self-directed study time.
School of Social Work, Care and Community
No Partner College
May (bespoke options for group bookings available)
This module is aimed at social work and social care practitioners in the field of learning disabilities.
All candidates need to ensure that they have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level.
This module provides a range of opportunities to explore the links between current legislation, policy and practice in the context of services for people with learning disabilities. It draws upon interdisciplinary approaches and is underpinned by a focus on innovative service delivery and service user perspectives. The module also draws upon relevant contemporary research to inform evidence based practice in the field.
Topics covered include:
- Current legislative and policy context of service delivery
- Service user and carer perspectives
- Theory and practice in relation to autonomy and risk taking
- Changing populations - Profound and multiple disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Supporting people whose behaviour challenges
- Transitions into adolescence and adulthood
- Working with children with learning disabilities and their families
- Learning disabilities in diverse communities.
20 Credit Module at Level 7
Learning Environment & Assessment:
Project (4000 words)
Learning outcome & aims
On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
- Critically evaluate theory and its ideological underpinnings linked to the lived experiences of people with learning disabilities and their families
- Critically explore theories of rights and empowerment in relation to assessment and intervention for people with learning disabilities
- Critically discuss the legislative and policy context of service delivery for people with learning disabilities
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the complexity of multi-agency working and networking in the context of services for people with learning disabilities.
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Work experience and international opportunities
At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.
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Fees & Funding
For further information contact UCLan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Non-standard part-time fees: £650 per 20 credit module for 2016/17 and 2017/18
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.
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
This module can be delivered on site for groups of staff, to help meet your workforce development needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.