Taught course

Social Work Practice (Post Qualification Specialist Award, Adults)

University of Central Lancashire · School of Social Work

Entry requirements

Applicants must be registered social workers with a BA or BSc(Hons) in Social Work to embark on this postgraduate PQ Award in Specialist Social Work (Adults). They must also have the support of their employer, and be currently working in a suitable practice setting relevant to programme learning outcomes in adult social care practice. Admission will be on the basis of a signed agreement with employers and participants and interview with course team.

Months of entry


Course content

The part-time course will enable social work professionals to consolidate their practice in a specialist context, thereby meeting the requirements of their GSCC post registration teaching and learning (PRTL). Completion of the whole course will lead to the Post Qualifying Award in Specialist Practice. The focus is on contemporary approaches to social work practice incorporating service users' and carers' perspectives. There is a focus on knowledge based practice and a critical consideration of the evidence-base for practice. Participants will be encouraged to develop their skills in critical thinking, and to reflect on their own value-base and issues around, diversity and inclusion. The course is designed to strengthen professional practice linking all modules to the employment context of participants.

Taught areas comprise core modules; Consolidation; Introduction to Practice Assessment and Practice Related Professional Study module which enables an in depth study of an aspect of your current practice. The Practice Assessment (enabling others) module will also equip successful participants with practice educator training. Compulsory modules include; Valuing People - New Agendas and Approaches; Developing Positive Approaches to Work with Older Adults; and Safeguarding and Adult Protection.

Qualification and course duration


part time
3 months

Course contact details

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