Violence Against Women: Practice & Prevention Across Different Communities (SW4720) Short Course

Violence Against Women: Practice & Prevention Across Different Communities (SW4720) Short Course
This interdisciplinary module focuses on violence against women (VAW) across the life-course and within different populations.

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:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Within 3 months, comprising 10 half-day or 5 full-day sessions with pre-reading, and self-directed study time.


School of Social Work, Care and Community

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

March (bespoke options for group bookings available)

Entry Requirements:
The module is particularly suited for practitioners with an interest in: 
  • Studying violence against women and children 
  • Developing knowledge of relevant research methods in this field
  • Understanding violence against women theoretical frameworks

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:
Module Outline:
Domestic abuse affects the lives of children, young people and their parents. It leaves children and mothers feeling unsafe in their homes. It is associated with a range of other adversities including poverty, isolation, substance misuse, other forms of family and community violence and abuse, mental health needs and disability. It is against this context that interventions with children and families take place. This module will enable a range of practitioners working with families who live with domestic abuse and associated violence to develop their skills, knowledge of relevant research and confidence in this field.

Topics covered include:
• key concepts and approaches to families living with domestic abuse
• child sexual exploitation
• the impact of domestic violence on children and young people
• working with perpetrators of domestic abuse.

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment:

15 minute PowerPoint presentation and 3,000 word assessment.

Academic Expertise

Rachel Robbins, Module Leader

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
• Critically discuss the different manifestations of different forms of VAW in different populations
• Evaluate academic research on VAW, the consequences, policy responses and interventions
• Confidently interpret and critically appraise VAW research data and methods used and relate to practice
• Critically analyse research and policy literature and communicate this to an audience.

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.


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 Advanced Community Justice or Professional Development and 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

PG Dip/MA Professional Development and Practice

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

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

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,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361