Taught course

Specialist Practice with Adults

University of Central Lancashire · School of Social Work, Care and Community

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.

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

Applicants will normally be practitioners in an area of social care or social work.

Please note, certain modules within this course may have additional entry requirements.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Specialist practice with adults is facing a challenging period of transformation in relation to implementing new law such as the Care Act 2014, managing the demands of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and reacting to organisational changes. It is essential that practitioners have opportunities to develop their learning and education to enhance their skills and knowledge. This course will enable practitioners to develop a broad understanding and application of knowledge related to adult social care practice, including critical awareness of current issues and new evidence-based practice research. There will be learning opportunities to generate new approaches to safeguarding policy and practice in work with adults at risk; and learning opportunities to develop and to enhance decision-making skills in complex safeguarding situations involving adults at risk.

This award is a specific pathway for practitioners in social work and social care and aims to build on their professional experience. Practitioners will be able to evidence their learning in each module in order to meet relevant CPD standards or HCPC requirements for renewing their registration.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
12-24 months

Course contact details

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