This module is designed for practitioners in social work and social care who have more than one year post qualifying experience to enable them to further develop and consolidate their knowledge, skills and values in a specialist area of practice.
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
Short Course / CPD
May commence at any time during the academic year and the duration of the learning period will be negotiated through a learning plan, but it is not expected to extend beyond two semesters.
School of Social Work, Care and Community
No Partner College
This module is aimed at social work and social care practitioners with more than one year’s experience in 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.
The module will enable them to critically reflect on and review their development to facilitate enhanced performance and service delivery. Practitioners will be able to map their career progression against current professional benchmarks such as the Professional Capabilities Framework and the HCPC standards for continuing professional development.
The module covers topics including:
- Skills of critical reflection for professional development
- Effective use of supervision in and for practice
- Exploring complexities of practice, such as multiagency working, contemporary issues and promoting welfare and safeguarding
- Principles of evidence based practice and research minded approaches
- Ethical challenges and dilemmas within practice
- Working with service users and carers and diverse communities
Learning Environment & Assessment:
Portfolio and reflective essay
Learning outcome & aims
On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
- Critically reflect on and review their development in accordance with professional requirements for lifelong learning
- Critically examine the role and impact of supervision with particular emphasis on learning, development and effective practice
- Critically analysis and demonstrate knowledge, skills and values within their specialist area of practice
- Demonstrate engagement with principles of evidence based practice and develop research minded approaches.
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.
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.
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
Fees 2018/19: £725 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
For 2017/18 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