Inclusion and Community (SW4717) Short Course

Inclusion and Community (SW4717) Short Course
This module enables participants to evaluate contemporary developments in health and social care practice which promote inclusion and participation, engaged social networks and innovative approaches to co-production with diverse communities through commissioning, leadership and delivery.

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:

Mixed Mode

Course Length:

12 Weeks, including 3 workshops, 7 online sessions and 2 self- study sessions


School of Social Work, Care and Community

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

To be confirmed. To be notified please email

Entry Requirements:

This module is aimed at those who work with people in diverse communities.

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 aims to support students to critically analyse policy for social inclusion and wellbeing drawing on current evidence from engaged or connected communities. Participants will be able to evaluate contemporary developments in health and social care practice which promote inclusion and participation, engaged social networks and innovative approaches to co-production with diverse communities through commissioning, leadership and delivery.

The module covers topics including:

  • Policy for inclusion and wellbeing in health and social care: The two policy areas of inclusion and wellbeing will be discussed with reference to the broader policy environment for localism, empowerment and community engagement.
  • Defining and engaging communities in the health and social care context: Definitions of community will be discussed and their relevance to health and social care explored. 
  • Connecting communities: localism and the role of social networks: The role and application of social capital perspectives in communities will be discussed with specific reference to the ‘connected communities’ approach and to social network roles and interventions. 
  • Leadership, empowerment and partnership: co-producing services across professional and lay boundaries: This will consider ideas of co-production, ideas and practices associated with mutualism and reciprocation.

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment:


Academic Expertise

David Morris, Module Leader

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
  • Critically evaluate key policies for inclusion and wellbeing, localism, community empowerment and engagement
  • Critically explore diverse communities and community engagement theory
  • Critically analyse social capital, connected communities and co-production
  • Critically discuss approaches to leadership associated with effective local engagement and inclusion outcomes.

Industry links & professional accreditation

The School of Social Work Care and Community has worked closely with some of the key local statutory and independent employers in the development of this module. The learning from this module can be used to requirements for continuing professional development and continuing education.


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

Under the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s Centre for CPD portfolio, this module can be completed as standalone or towards one of the following courses:
Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management in Social Work and Social Care
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development and Practice
Masters in Professional Development and Practice

For full details of the Centre for CPD's offering and progression routes please visit


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.

How to Apply

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

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