Volunteer Health and Safety Management Short Course

Subject to approval

Volunteer Health and Safety Management  Short Course

During the course of the certificate, the students will learn about the following topics and put them into a practical context:

  • Health and Safety in the workplace
  • Child Protection
  • The ethics of volunteering
  • Disability Awareness
  • First Aid Training
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Dealing with difficult situations effectively

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

1 Year Part Time

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:


Entry Requirements:

A Level 2/3 qualification or equivalent experiential learning.

DBS Checks:

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Course Content

Course Outline:

This course is underpinned by a critical analysis of volunteer management and how it is applied in diverse, changing and challenging settings.

Further information can be obtained from:

Jenny Lamb
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership
Livesey House, Room 213
University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE
Tel 01772 892775

Learning Environment & Assessment:

This programme is built around the concept of a learning community and students are encourage to use the excellent new facilities of the Students Union and also the Library to continue to engage in their studies out of the classroom. All modules are delivered via our new online ‘live’ classroom where students can log on live to the lesson from anywhere in the world.

Assessment is portfolio based with a strong emphasis on action, reflection praxis.

A range of assessment methods will be used during your course. Your skills, knowledge and understanding will be formally and informally assessed through written assignments, oral presentations and through practical tasks. The requirements and the marking criteria for all course assessments are clearly set out for you in this handbook and module handbooks.

Opportunities will also be provided throughout the course for informal, formative assessment of your skills, knowledge and understanding. You will be invited to present seminar papers, contribute to class and online discussions, apply your learning informally in the workplace and take part in tutorials.

Learning outcome & aims

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Prepare the student for intensive work on a placement within the community
  • To understand the ethics of volunteering and community project work
  • To develop an awareness of health and safety issues and responsibility towards yourself and others
  • To develop an underpinning knowledge of legislation relating to health and safety, child protection, equality and diversity, and disability.
  • To develop skills for dealing with an emergency
  • To cover basic first aid through a University of Central Lancashire approved trainer

On successful completion of this programme a student will be able to:

  • Outline ethical issues relating to volunteering and citizenship, and discuss these in relation to personal beliefs and values.
  • Discuss key legislative issues relating to equal opportunities and discrimination
  • Apply practical skills in First Aid
  • Discuss health and safety issues in a practical context
  • Discuss key legislative issues relating to child protection policy and practice
  • Outline some of the complexities of working with a diverse range of community groups

Industry links & professional accreditation

An academic qualification in community leadership provides an excellent and recognised foundation for a career in the field. The course is designed to prepare the student for senior positions of community leadership within the third sector, the public sector, governance and politics, and also to play a leading role on the international stage. The course provides excellent opportunities for international, national, regional, and local networking and the development of personal social capital which will serve to effectively enhance employability prospects.

This course is in partnership with the ILM.

Work experience and international opportunities

Structured work experience forms a mandatory element of this programme allowing the student to graduate with a portfolio of experience and extra curricula professional qualifications in First Aid.

Graduate Careers

"I am passionate about working in the community and with marginalised groups, and having gained a first class honours degree, I am now studying for a Masters in Community Leadership taught at UCLan’s Burnley Campus." - Sara Ali

"I never thought I would return to education, but the degree at UCLan appealed to me because it allows women to fit in their studies around their family and is housed at the Burnley Campus." - Najma Shah


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

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
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE


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

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