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Professional Practice within Learning Disability Services (SW4715) Short Course

Professional Practice within Learning Disability Services (SW4715) Short Course
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

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:

CPD

Level:

Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

None

Delivery Method:

Campus

Course Length:

3 months, comprising 6 teaching days plus self-directed study time.

School:

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Campus:

Preston

Start Date:

May 2017 and bespoke options available

Entry Requirements:
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.

Course Content

Course Outline:
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)

Academic Expertise

Phil O’Hare, Module Leader

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.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

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.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.

Testimonials

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Progression Routes

This module can be completed towards the Professional Development and Practice , Specialist Practice with Adults or Specialist Child Care Practice Postgraduate Certificate, or the Professional Development and Practice Postgraduate Diploma.

On successful completion of this module students can continue their professional development studies by undertaking other modules to gain a Postgraduate Certificate. We offer further progression with Postgraduate Diploma and MA awards. For full details on the school’s CPD offering and progression routes please visit www.uclan.ac.uk/socialworkcpd

PG Dip/MA Professional Development and Practice

Fees & Funding

For further information contact UCLan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Non-standard part-time fees £650 per 20 credit module 2016/17

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
Email: socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk

Should you have any further questions about the module or application process:
Centre for CPD
School of Social Work, Care and Community
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361
socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk

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.

About UCLan

Centre for CPD

School of Social Work, Care & Community

University of Central Lancashire,
Preston,
PR1 2HE
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361

Email: socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk