Specialist Child Care Practice PGCert

Specialist Child Care Practice 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:

    Mixed Mode, Part-time

  • Campus:


  • Start Date:

    Flexible – please discuss options with CPD team

  • Award Type:


Why study this programme?

In the challenging arena of specialist child care practice it is essential that practitioners have opportunities to develop their learning and education to enhance their skills and knowledge. This course will enable practitioners to develop a comprehensive understanding and application of knowledge related to child care practice, including critical awareness of current issues and new evidence-based practice research. There will be learning opportunities to generate new approaches to safeguarding policy and practice in work with children and young people; and learning opportunities to develop and to enhance decision-making skills in complex safeguarding situations involving children and young people. This award is a specific pathway for practitioners in social work and social care and aims to build on their professional experience. Practitioners will be able to evidence their learning in each module in order to meet relevant CPD standards or HCPC requirements for renewing their registration.

Entry Requirements

This award is available for all practitioners in the field of social work or social care and 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

Students on this course will be expected to undertake 3 modules (all modules below are 20 credits each)


  • SW4700 Professional Development Review


  • SW4701 ASYE: Demonstrating Capability in Social Work Practice

Plus on further compulsory module:

  • SW4033 Safeguarding Children and Young People


Plus one option from the following modules:

  • SW4032 Childhood in Law and Welfare
  • SW4085 Theorising Childhood & Adolescence
  • SW4705 Introduction to Facilitating Learning in the Workplace
  • SW4706 Advanced Facilitation of Learning in the Workplace
  • SW4708 Substance Misuse: A holistic approach to problematic drug and alcohol use
  • SW4712 Responding to Contemporary Issues in Social Work and Social Care
  • SW4713 Understanding Mental Health Practice

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


Further Information

The course will:

  • Enable students to critically reflect on and review their professional development to facilitate enhanced performance and service delivery
  • Enable students to consolidate, develop and demonstrate comprehensive understanding and application of the knowledge gained in their initial training, and knowledge related to child care practice, including critical awareness of current issues and new evidence-based practice research
  • Develop and enhance students’ capacity for critically evaluating and analysing key theoretical knowledge in relation to child care practice
  • Provide learning opportunities for students who are practitioners to generate new approaches to safeguarding policy and practice in work with children and young people
  • Provide learning opportunities for students who are practitioners to develop and to enhance decision-making skills in complex safeguarding situations involving children and young people
  • Enable students to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level 

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 further details about the course and module options please contact:
Fiona Harbin, Course Leader
Tel: +44 (0)1772 893479
Email: FHarbin@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: £880 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

*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.

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.

On successful completion of this award students can progress to PGDip/MA awards as part of their CPD. For full details on the school’s CPD offering and progression routes please visit www.uclan.ac.uk/socialworkcpd