Taught course

Advanced Child and Family Social Work

Coventry University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a professional qualification in social work and be registered with the relevant regulator.

All applicants will normally have two years post qualification experience in order to comply with the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards. 

Months of entry


Course content

Coventry University has been providing social work CPD (Continuous Professional Development) courses and modules to local employers for many years and has prominent links with nearby local authorities and voluntary sector organisations.

This Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Advanced Child and Family Social Workis designed for social workers who have completed social work pre-registration training and are in employment to enhance your career prospects via gaining a Postgraduate level qualification. Opportunities may also be available within the faculty to progress your studies beyond the PgCert to a full master’s degree.

This course aims to enables you as a social worker to develop your career from early social work practice through to teaching, mentoring and assessing others.

This course has been designed to enable you to develop your practice, extend your range of skills, enhance your critical reflective skills and thus improve service delivery.

It is offered via a blended learning approach and is intended to be a key vehicle for social workers to gain an academic award at the same time as meeting your CPD, which is required by the current regulator.

The curriculum for the course allows for you to meet the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) stage 1 requirements where you will begin to form some knowledge of the role of teaching and mentoring others as you develop your social work career in more senior positions.

An additional module on this qualification route will focus on enhancing your knowledge in children and families social work practice.

Information for international students

This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
+44(0)24 7765 5989