Introduction to Social Research (SW4027)

Introduction to Social Research (SW4027)

This module will provide an overview of key issues and debates associated with the production and evaluation of research for practice in social care.

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


LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time


COURSE LENGTH: 12 weekly lectures and 10 hours self-directed study. Distance Learning options includes 12 x 1 hour weekly recorded lectures plus 3 hours 1-1 tutorial support, in addition to 10 hours self-directed study.

SCHOOL: School of Social Work, Care and Community

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston


Entry Requirements:

This module is aimed at anyone with a professional interest in research.

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

This module will provide an overview of key issues and debates associated with the production and evaluation of research for practice in social care. The module will equally consider qualitative and quantitative approaches. Students will consolidate and extend their knowledge and understanding of the research process whilst developing their capacity to act as independent and critical thinkers.

The module will offer students opportunities to explore a wide range of relevant material including: 

  • Introduction to research: paradigms, key issues; including ethical and political debates
  • Critical writing, reading and appraisal
  • Project Design including consideration of quantitative and qualitative approaches
  • Evidence based practice and ‘making research count’
  • Research and evaluation, and new directions for social research

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment

2,500 word essay

Academic Expertise

Stephen Gethin-Jones, Module Leader

Learning outcome & aims

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

  • Critically evaluate key issues and debates associated with social care research
  • Critically discuss the distinction and application of qualitative and quantitative approaches
  • Systematically explore and develop critiques of and for research practice.

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.


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 the Masters in Professional Development and Practice.

Find out more about our Centre for CPD's offering and progression routes.

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