Taught course

Professional Development and Practice

University of Central Lancashire · School of Health, Social Work and Sport

Entry requirements

This award is available for all practitioners in the field of social work or social care and will form part of their employer’s commitment to CPD alongside their own registration requirements with professional regulators.

There is a standard benchmark of a first degree at 2.2 or above in a relevant subject, but non-standard entrants with suitable experience in social care and evidence of recent study will be considered.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This course provides a flexible and wide choice of modules for students to tailor their study to their own interests or requirements. Aims of the course include:
- Enable students to critically reflect on and review their professional development to facilitate enhanced performance and service delivery
- Provide learning opportunities for students to critical reflect on complex challenges, current issues and new evidence-based practice research
- Develop and enhance students’ capacity for critically evaluating key theoretical knowledge, law and policy in relation social work and social care practice
- Provide learning opportunities for students to develop and to enhance decision-making skills in complex situations in social work and social care practice
- Enable students to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level
- Enable students to recognise the contribution, and begin to make use, of research to inform practice
- Provide an opportunity for students to undertake a research project in their specialist area of practice.

Information for international students

International applications must have an IELTS score of a minimum of 7.0.

Fees and funding

Learn more at the fees and funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)1772 892400