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Responding to Contemporary Issues in Social Work and Social Care (SW4712) Short Course

Responding to Contemporary Issues in Social Work and Social Care (SW4712) Short Course
This module seeks to give practitioners the opportunity to undertake a period of advanced study on a project which draws upon contemporary issues as relevant to their specialist area of practice.

A range of modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your CPD. 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:

Part time

Delivery Method:

Mixed Mode

Course Length:

Candidates may commence this module at any time during the academic year. The learning duration is negotiated through a learning agreement but it is not expected to be more than two semesters.

School:

School of Social Work, Care and Community

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Campus:

Preston

Start Date:

Anytime

Entry Requirements:
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:
The highlight of this module is the individualised nature of the learning and assessment experience. The module enable practitioners (and where appropriate employers) to select the subject of learning and negotiate the assessment to ensure that the learning experience is directly relevant and of value to their individual specialist area of practice or the practice of others. Students will be supported on this individual journey to produce new insights to inform practice.

The module seeks to give practitioners the opportunity to undertake a period of advanced study on a project which draws upon contemporary issues as relevant to their specialist area of practice. Students have the opportunity to negotiate and agree the precise focus of a project through developing a learning plan and tutorial support with a project supervisor (and where appropriate employer). Through engagement with a contemporary issue in a specialist area, and support of the project supervisor, the student will produce an assessable piece of work that is directly relevant to professional practice of self or others. The product for assessment may include (but is not limited to) an essay, training materials, written article or a presentation.

The topic of study may include any contemporary issue, examples include (but are not limited to): 

  • High profile inquiries; 
  • Proposed and new legislation and policy; 
  • Organisational change;
  • An aspect of service provision;
  • Service user and carer perspectives;
  • Diverse communities.

The module encourages blended learning and candidates can utilise direct teaching, workshop events, independent study, E-learning, direct practice experience and in-house training to acquire learning.

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Through the engagement with a contemporary issue in their specialist area of practice, students are required to produce an assessable reflective piece of work that is directly relevant to professional practice of self or others. The product for assessment may include (but is not limited to) an essay, training materials, written article or a presentation. The precise nature of the reflective assessment will be negotiated with a project supervisor to ensure it meets the learning outcomes.

Academic Expertise

Dr Clare Stone, Module Leader

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an ability to plan and complete an advanced study based on a topic of particular interest to them
  • Provide a clear rationale for the subject chosen
  • Draw conclusions in relation to the impact on practice and/or career development
  • Critically explore the complexity of relevant and contemporary issues of practice in their chosen topic of interest
  • Critically evaluate and show a comprehensive understanding of research as it applies to their topic of interest.

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

UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

This module can be completed towards the Professional Development and Practice or Leadership and Management in Social Work and Social Care 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 & Community
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361
socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk

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