Interested? See

Professional Development & Practice

1 year
September 2024

If you’re a professional working in the fields of social work and social care then our Professional Development and Practice course offers you the ideal opportunity to enhance your knowledge and advance your career.

Why study with us

  • On this course you’ll be encouraged to critically reflect on and review your professional development with a view to enhancing your performance and service delivery.
  • We’ll provide you with learning opportunities to explore complex challenges, current issues and new evidence-based practice research
  • UCLan is a national leader in delivering continual professional development to the social work, social care, and health care sector. Our postgraduate courses are nationally recognised and are delivered by experts in the field.

What you'll do

  • You’ll develop your capacity to critically evaluate key theoretical knowledge, law and policy in relation to social work and social care practice.
  • You’ll also develop your skills in planning, decision-making and problem-solving.
  • Through a combination of distance online learning, in-person classroom activity, and one-to-one tutorials students will engage in mandatory and optional modules.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Looking to start your postgraduate journey?

Our range of subjects and study modes can support your goals. Take your next step with a postgraduate degree.

How to apply
Slides 1 to 2 of 1

View the course facilities

Academic expertise

Matthew Graham
Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Future careers

Completion of this course will enable you to advance your career across the social care and social work professions.

Fees and funding

Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Part-time£1,050 per 20 credits

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Health, Social Work and Sport

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at the University of Central Lancashire on our student contract page