Leadership and Management in Social Work and Social Care PGCert

Leadership and Management in Social Work and Social Care PGCert

School of Social Work, Care and Community


Post- graduate





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  • Duration:

    Part-time: 1 – 2 years

  • Level:

    Postgraduate, Professional Development

  • Mode:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Part-time

  • Campus:


  • Start Date:

    Flexible – please discuss options with CPD team

  • Award Type:


Why study this programme?

This course reflects the current important emphasis on strong leadership in the context of major reforms in the public sector. Building on earlier professional experience and qualifications, students will have the opportunity to evidence their training and learning and contribute towards their Continuing Professional Development (e.g. for qualified social workers the course will provide evidence towards the HCPC requirements for Standards of CPD).

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Entry Requirements

This award is available for all practitioners in leadership roles, or aspiring leaders within the field of social work or social care. It will form part of their employer’s commitment to CPD alongside their own registration requirements with professional regulators.

There is a standard benchmark of a first degree at 2.2 or above in a relevant subject, but non-standard entrants with suitable experience in social care and evidence of recent study will be considered.

International applications must have an IELTS score of a minimum of 7.0.

Applicants will normally be practitioners in an area of social care or social work.

Programme at a Glance

You are to complete 3 modules, consisting of 2 core modules and 1 optional module.

Core module 1: SW4707 Leadership for Innovation and Integration (20 credits)

This module will provide a critical exploration of the contemporary issues that impact upon social work and social care management and leadership. It will develop knowledge in relation to major theoretical perspectives and ethical debates, current research findings and evidence based practice in the field of management and leadership. The aim is to promote the development of effective social work and social care managers and leaders.

Core module 2: SW4704 Leading and Inspiring Through Professional Supervision (20 credits)

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. The module 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

NB: Certain modules within this course may have DBS clearance requirements.

And one optional module from:

  • SW4712 Responding to Contemporary Issues in Social Work and Social Care
  • SW4717 Inclusion and Community
  • SW4721 Social Pedagogy: theories and practice

NB: Certain modules within this course may have DBS clearance requirements.


Further Information

The course will:

  • Enable students to develop skills for effective professional leadership and management in delivering quality services and positive outcomes for those who use services
  • Provide opportunities to develop an understanding of theoretical models, skills and frameworks to underpin leadership and management in practice
  • Enable students to demonstrate high quality supervision and promote critical reflection throughout their organisation
  • Encourage students to understand their own organisation, roles and responsibilities, evaluate practice and bring about innovation and change
  • Enable students to recognise the contribution of research to inform leadership and management in practice.

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

To study towards this PGCert award, you can apply either on a course basis or individual modular basis.

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



For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits

*Module fees will remain the same for the duration of the course providing students do not interrupt their study.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

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Professional Accreditation

The University has been endorsed by the College of Social Work as a provider of CPD training.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Keynote lectures, seminars, tutorials, material for self-directed learning, e-learning, workshops will form part of university based learning provision.

Students will be required to link formal learning to their practice and will be encouraged to build on existing skills/develop new skills to consolidate their learning across the academic and practice fields.

Skills, values and knowledge will be developed through group discussions, group tutorials, presentations and practice learning opportunities.

The overarching teaching and learning strategy will enable students to develop cognitive skills which are appropriate to independent learning and postgraduate study.

A range of assessment methods will include essays, presentations, case studies, practice observation, reflective writing, practice portfolios, and personal development files.


Students who are enrolled with the School of Social Work, Care and Community may be eligible for international travel opportunities relevant to their study.


Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:

School of Social Work, Care and Community
University of Central Lancashire,

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408
Email: socialworkcpd@uclan.ac.uk