Responding to Contemporary Issues in Community Justice (SW4725) Short Course

Responding to Contemporary Issues in Community Justice (SW4725) Short Course
This module aims to give students the opportunity to undertake a period of advanced study on a project which draws upon contemporary issues in their specialist area of practice within advanced Community Justice.

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

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:

Mixed Mode

Course Length:

Candidates may commence this module at any time during the academic year. The learning duration is negotiated through a learning agreement but it is not expected to be more than two semesters.


School of Social Work, Care and Community

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

Anytime with bespoke options available

Entry Requirements:

This module will be of interest to professionals within the community justice sector, including Probation Officers, Youth Justice Workers, Workers in Drug and Alcohol Agencies, Crime Prevention Officers, Victims of Crime Support Workers, members of police and prison services, Social Workers and Nurses.

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

Course Outline:
This module aims to give students the opportunity to undertake a period of advanced study on a project which draws upon contemporary issues in their specialist area of practice within advanced Community Justice. Students will negotiate and agree the precise focus with the designated project supervisor. They will develop a critical and advanced understanding of the impact of their project within the broader context of legalisation, policy and evidence that inform and mandate practice.

The theme of study will be determined by the student in negotiation with their project supervisor, as outlined in the module aims above.

To meet the learning outcomes standard content will include: theory and knowledge; value based practice; ethics; partnership working; law and policy; risk management all in the context of community justice. Further detailed guidance will be provided in the module handbook.

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Short Proposal and Project (total 4000 words)

Academic Expertise

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an ability to plan and complete an advanced study based on a topic of particular interest to them
  • Critically explore theory and advanced knowledge in their chosen topic of interest
  • Critically evaluate the impact of policy and law in their chosen topic of interest
  • Critically evaluate and show a comprehensive understanding of research as it applies to their topic of interest
  • Draw conclusions in relation to the impact on practice and/or career development.

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.

Graduate Careers

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.


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Progression Routes

This module can be completed as standalone or towards the Posgraduate Certificate in Advanced Community Justice.
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

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