Volunteering and Community Action Cert

Volunteering and Community Action Cert
This course forms part of the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership portfolio of Continuous Professional Development for the Public, Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector. Through portfolio and work-based learning the students will cover practical and theoretical issues such as:

1. Planning your Volunteering

2. Understanding Volunteering and the Voluntary Sector

3. Volunteering and Community

4. Volunteering with Young People

5. Volunteering Overseas Opportunities

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Entry and Admissions

Award Type:


Ancillary Award:




Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Part-time: One year


School of Social Work, Care and Community

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:


Entry Requirements:

You will be expected to have volunteering and community action experience and to be able to demonstrate via interview and portfolio that you can benefit from Higher Education. You may be asked to complete a short essay.

Course Content

Course Outline:
Through portfolio and work-based learning the students will cover practical and theoretical issues such as:

1. Planning your Volunteering
• Health and Safety
• Choosing the right field of volunteering

2. Understanding Volunteering and the Voluntary Sector
• The ethics of Volunteering
• Benefits of Volunteering

3. Volunteering and Community
• Working with Community Groups
• Understanding Funding

4. Volunteering with Young People
• Citizenship
• Young People in Care
• Working in Schools
• Inspiring Young People
• Mentoring
• Working with Young Offenders

5. Volunteering Overseas Opportunities
• Health and Safety Guidelines

One to One support will be available for the following:
• Key skills assessment
• Goals and achievements.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Students will study in the classroom and also receive supported learning on their practical placement in the community.

Coursework and portfolio based assessment.

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.

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.


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Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Email: SFFTeam@uclan.ac.uk
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Apply directly to UCLan by downloading an Application Form (.pdf, 195KB) please also see our Guidance Notes (.pdf, 161KB).

About UCLan

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University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

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Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk