Taught course

Advocacy for Victims of Sexual Violence

University of Worcester · Institute of Health and Society

Entry requirements

Though this is a Postgraduate course, those wishing to apply do not have to have achieved education at degree level. This course is open to:

  • Those currently in practice in the field of sexual violence
  • Those with an interest in becoming a sexual violence professional

Applicants without a first degree (at second class honours or above), or a professional qualification in a specific field may be asked to undertake an informal assessment of written work.

Months of entry


Course content

Providing advocacy to victims of sexual violence has been a key priority of government since the Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) role was commissioned.

ISVA's provide essential, appropriate and timely information, support and advice to victims of sexual violence and helped them engage effectively with the Criminal Justice System. They play a vital role in service provision for those who have experienced sexual violence.

This Postgraduate Certificate has been designed to aid the development of the skills necessary to undertake the ISVA role effectively and professionally in line with Skills for Justice National Occupational Standards (NOS).

This part-time, one year course is delivered over 3 modules.

We have a great track record of students gaining employment as ISVAs or in the sexual violence sector following completion of this course.

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see http://www.worcester.ac.uk/your-home/course-fees.html
International students
Please see http://www.worcester.ac.uk/your-home/course-fees.html

Qualification and course duration


part time
9 months

Course contact details

Dr Holly Taylor-Dunn