Professional Development Review (SW4700) Short Course

Professional Development Review (SW4700) Short Course

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

AWARD TYPE: Short Course


LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time


COURSE LENGTH: 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: School of Social Work, Care and Community

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston


Entry Requirements:

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.

Course Content

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

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment

Portfolio and reflective essay

Academic Expertise

Fiona Harbin, Module Leader

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.


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 Professional Development and Practice
Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Child Care Practice
Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Practice with Adults
Masters in Professional Development and Practice

For full details of the Centre for CPD's offering and progression routes please visit


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


About UCLan

Centre for CPD

School of Social Work, Care & Community

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361