Leading and Inspiring Through Professional Supervision (SW4704) Short Course

Leading and Inspiring Through Professional Supervision (SW4704) Short Course

The module aims to equip supervisors in social care with a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of the challenges in the practice of supervision.

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

LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time


COURSE LENGTH: 3 months, comprising 6 teaching days plus self-directed study time.

SCHOOL: School of Social Work, Care and Community

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston


Entry Requirements:

This module is aimed at those supervising social workers or social care staff and are keen to develop their skills and knowledge in this critical area of professional practice.

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

The module aims to equip supervisors in social care with a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of the challenges in the practice of supervision. It will provide new insights, informed by current models of supervision and research at the forefront of professional practice. The module will enable students to gain a critical understanding of knowledge in their area of practice and to practise the skills required to provide effective supervision within a complex and changing social care environment.

Topics covered include: 

  • Establishing a clear understanding, rationale and framework for supervision 
  • The impact of supervision on practice and outcomes for service users and carers 
  • The role of emotional intelligence in supervision
  • Theories of adult learning, learning styles and experiential learning
  • Skills, values and knowledge of working with diverse communities and challenging oppressive practice
  • Skills in leadership

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment

Presentation and Reflective assignment

Learning outcome & aims

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

  • Demonstrate a critical awareness and understanding of the principles and purposes of supervision
  • Critically analyse the link between supervision, practice and outcomes for vulnerable adults, children and young people
  • Critically evaluate the application of adult experiential learning
  • Critically examine the role of anxiety and its impact on a worker’s judgement and analysis of information
  • Critically examine the complex issues in supervision, systematically and creatively.

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 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 www.uclan.ac.uk/socialworkcpd


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

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
Email: socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk

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

Email: socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk