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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is becoming increasingly important to the profession of social worker. Our course is built on an understanding of practitioners' CPD needs, ensuring you learn the right skills and knowledge to take your current experience to an advanced level. Read more
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is becoming increasingly important to the profession of social worker. Our course is built on an understanding of practitioners' CPD needs, ensuring you learn the right skills and knowledge to take your current experience to an advanced level. We provide a great range of modules that can be taken one at a time or on a specific short-course basis, using online learning resources to help you learn at a pace that suits you. Please contact the programme lead for further details to ensure we can meet you and your organisation's needs.

Course outline

This is a level 7 programme in 3 sections. The first consists of 3 modules focused on managing practice, decision-making and assessing potential and risk, looking at examples from your own experience. The second stage allows you to focus on specific modules that are more in line with your own professional interests. Finally, there is the research section that allows you to focus on a piece of practice-based research applicable to your practice domain, and offers the opportunity to influence practice, as well as giving added value to your own organisation.

Graduate destination

Depending on your own personal needs, this course can lead into a great variety of fields. After completing the first stage of 3 modules, you can choose to take the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Practice in Social Work. The second stage will give you 60 credits suited to your learning needs, and qualify you for a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Practice in Social Work. Completion of the full course will lead to the Masters of Arts degree. The higher your qualification, the wider the employment options available to you.

Other admission requirements

To be registered on the programme you must be:
-Currently registered as a social worker.
-Employed in an associated social work role.
-Have support from your employer to complete the programme.
-Have at least 18 months - 2 years social work experience since registering as a social worker.

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Take your love of ceramics to the next level through our highly engaging programme! We are perfect for both newly qualified and long-time professional ceramics artists, helping you develop new skills within your subject. Read more
Take your love of ceramics to the next level through our highly engaging programme! We are perfect for both newly qualified and long-time professional ceramics artists, helping you develop new skills within your subject. Our strong creative community works with artists from multiple specialisms to promote cross discipline approaches to art, helping to inspire your work to new places.

We will help you extend your practical techniques, material research, firing and glaze development, digital design and traditional methods of working. You'll study both the historical and contemporary context of the clay as an artefact within society and decorative material. You'll gain experience of exhibition proposals, design and execution, which will open up valuable networking opportunities that will help you gain success as an artist in ceramics!

Course outline

We focus on three studio-based practice modules which allow you to manage the practical elements of your research. Through an initial proposal, you'll set your practical MA curriculum dependant on your experience, research focus and practice based career goals. The course is taught by academic practitioners and supported by highly trained technicians in ceramics, wood and metal and digital print. Access to all three dimensional workshops is a major advantage of this programme.

You'll look at the design and production of attachments, utilising other materials or combinations of materials to create form. This can include functional wares (both hand-built or moulded), architectural ceramic, and sculpture. This is done alongside material research which looks at surface development, glaze production, body development al and firing techniques.

It is likely you will produce three or two dimensional objects with a focus on form, vessel, and surface or applied decoration. You may though wish to follow a purely material based research project, extending the subject knowledge and playing a significant role in extending the material science of this subject.

Graduate destinations

An MA in Ceramics can prepare you for a wide range of careers, including work as a ceramics maker/producer/designer, pattern maker, mould maker, sculptor or architectural designer for surface or brickwork to name just a few.

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We provide a creative and intensive programme that encourages breaking down the conventional barriers between arts disciplines. You'll locate your position within contemporary practice through self-directed study and modern, well-equipped facilities with abundant studio and exhibition space. Read more
We provide a creative and intensive programme that encourages breaking down the conventional barriers between arts disciplines. You'll locate your position within contemporary practice through self-directed study and modern, well-equipped facilities with abundant studio and exhibition space. Our dynamic and passionate staff are practicing artists with international reputations, who will use their extensive knowledge and experience to help you enhance your studies further.

You'll have access to workshop and studio resources in all the visual arts, including printmaking, sculpture, photography and AV and IT suites. Thanks to our location in Carlisle, you'll have a central base to explore many centres of culture in Scotland and the North of England. You'll have everything you need to inspire and facilitate your practice, building up your skills to be the next big name in the art world!

Course outline

Our course focuses on research methodologies and their impact on individual practice, the importance of proposal writing and when and how to use particular strategies for learning or for problem solving. We encourage enquiry into working strategies and concepts within the context of contemporary fine art and the development of a critical understanding of evolving practice leading to a completed body of work for public exhibition.

You'll develop your personal practice through a substantial body of completed work, accompanied by an analytical and reflective deconstruction of your practice within the developments in fine art. Seminars will provide the framework for critical debate on a range of subjects, using the diverse specialisms of the fine art team along with visiting artists and practitioners of national and international standing

Graduate destinations

Previous students have exhibited their work at national and international levels, and are at the centre of initiative within Cumbria related to contemporary arts. You could use your skills to become a professional artist, a private of public curator, a researcher, an art academic or anything involved with the visual arts.

We encourage work outside university studies in setting up exhibitions and events with third parties, building up connections for future employment. It is part of our collective remit to explore and promote the influence and scope of contemporary art, respecting its methodologies and role as a critical instrument in the arenas of culture, politics and ethics.

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Take your skills as a counsellor to a higher level through our rigorous and challenging course. You will learn how to work with a wide range of client issues in a professional and reflective way, and explore the impact of research on the change process. Read more
Take your skills as a counsellor to a higher level through our rigorous and challenging course. You will learn how to work with a wide range of client issues in a professional and reflective way, and explore the impact of research on the change process. We offer a learning community that encourages growth and development, building your capacity for giving and receiving open and constructive feedback.

By exploring your own history, you'll learn how to be alongside clients as they work through their experiences and emotions. We will support you in developing a level of openness and emotional robustness that will help you provide a better level of care to your clients. You will be challenged personally, professional and academically, emerging as a professional therapist with all the right skills and knowledge for a successful career.

Please note: In September 2016, this course will be taught on a Monday each week, 09:30 - 17:45. Whilst the day of the week the course is taught on usually remains the same for the duration of the course, this cannot be absolutely guaranteed.

Course outline

We adopt a person-centred concept at the core of our course, but also provide opportunity to learn about and critically evaluate other approaches such as CBT, solution-focused and systemic ways of working. Though the focus is on adults, you will also be introduced to working with couples, children and families. Emphasis is placed on developing research skills and your understanding of evidence-based practice.

During the course you will need to do 150 supervised counselling practice hours, plus 50 hours of non-clinical work based learning to meet BACP training requirements. You will be expected to make arrangements for your own placement, but will be offered support from the counselling team. We maintain a database of counselling placement opportunities.

We make use of many assessment types which may include live peer/client session recordings and evaluations, portfolio, essay, oral presentation, poster presentation, chapter/article critique and dissertation. In the first semester you will attend a weekend residential which focuses on your personal and professional development, and you will also be expected to have 10 hours of your own personal therapy.

Graduate destinations

Your qualification will help gain work in a variety of settings including schools, the NHS and voluntary agencies. The skills you learn will be useful in a wide variety of work outside of therapy, with the research techniques you gain preparing you for a higher level course (e.g. PhD) should you be interested.

Other admission requirements

You will need to have already completed a minimum of 30 hours of counselling skills training and be deemed to have a level of counselling ability that would enable you to go out on placement in the first semester. You will need to undertake a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance through the University of Cumbria, and be accepted as a member of the BACP. Your application needs to be supported by a statement from your referee. This will need to reflect on both your academic and personal capacity to undertake this course. Ideally this would be from a tutor from a current or previous course; alternatively one from your manager would be sufficient.

To meet the requirement of the 30 hours of counselling skills training, you could consider the Introduction to Counselling Skills module.

You will be interviewed for selection for this programme by a member of the programme team.

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Do you want to take the art skills you learnt at university to the next level? Looking to improve your career as a graphic designer? Advance and diversify your creative practice with our transformational, forward-thinking programme! We will give you all the practical, technical, theoretical and applied knowledge to develop flexible skills needed within the dynamic and shifting world of art media. Read more
Do you want to take the art skills you learnt at university to the next level? Looking to improve your career as a graphic designer? Advance and diversify your creative practice with our transformational, forward-thinking programme! We will give you all the practical, technical, theoretical and applied knowledge to develop flexible skills needed within the dynamic and shifting world of art media. No matter where your expertise lies, we will help you expand your horizons through our trans-media focus to show you how to enhance your work further.

Our interdisciplinary ethos draws from six key creative fields, allowing you to either specialise in one area or work on projects across multiple media. Our staff contain a diverse mix of seasoned media practitioners and those actively involved in research at a national or international stage, using their knowledge and experience to help provide a wider context for your work. You'll be a highly developed, fully flexible artist with an understanding of all major fields, giving you the confidence to take your skills to a higher professional level.

Course outline

Our working environment works to cultivate practical and theoretical expertise to help your versatility in creative media. We encourage innovative, lateral approaches to creative practice though a structured timetable of theoretical lectures, practical workshops, student led seminars, visiting speakers, action based and experiential research, self-directed and tutorial based learning.

Cultural and visual discourse is taught at all levels, displaying the important synthesis between theory and creative practice. You'll fully engage in these processes to develop self-awareness and embed skills to advance your professional progression and life-long learning.

Graduate destinations

You'll have the skills and knowledge of a range of visual media disciplines, including Film & Television Production, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Digital Art & Games Design and Wildlife & Adventure Media. This will expand your employability potential and give you vital knowledge to work across mediums.

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Have you always had a passion to direct? Then let us get you started! We'll give you hands-on practical experience in directing for theatre, grounding your skills in current theoretical contexts. Read more
Have you always had a passion to direct? Then let us get you started! We'll give you hands-on practical experience in directing for theatre, grounding your skills in current theoretical contexts. This will culminate in your own production where you will put what you've learnt into practice. Whether you want to be the next Hitchcock, Spielberg or Abrams, you'll develop the skills to work as a successful director and put your vision into reality.

Course outline

We will help you find your artistic voice through developing advanced skills in directing for live performance. There is a strong emphasis on praxis and you will be encouraged to contextualise your development within current academic thought in theatre, focusing on the field of directing.

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Do you have a talent for turning textiles into works of art? Then why not make the most of your skills by working towards an MA in Fashion Textiles? We can help you explore your technique through applied print design (both traditional silk screen and digital) and surface decoration through applied machine embroidery, needle felting and garment construction. Read more
Do you have a talent for turning textiles into works of art? Then why not make the most of your skills by working towards an MA in Fashion Textiles? We can help you explore your technique through applied print design (both traditional silk screen and digital) and surface decoration through applied machine embroidery, needle felting and garment construction. You can also develop your millinery skills thanks to our wide range of fabrics, materials and haberdashery.

With the outstanding facilities we have available, as well as our expert teaching staff, you'll quickly develop the knowledge and skills to produce truly beautiful patterns. We believe strongly in cross-discipline approaches, which is why we allow students from all art subjects to work together in inspiring designs and opening up to new methods. Make sure you have the skills to make a profession out of your passion by taking your love of fashion textiles to the next level.

Course outline

We actively encourage mixing different approaches, materials and techniques to create innovative fabric, such as print combined with embroidery, with opportunities to utilise laser cutting to create new fabrics and potential applique techniques. Our strong links with traditional Fine Art print techniques allow students to research and explore the graphic and textural potential of these alongside contemporary fashion and textile design.

There will be three studio modules throughout the first two terms. The first will look at researching aspects of fashion textile, experiencing the range of processes and materials available. This will lead to creation of a range of studio project proposals, equipped with a comprehensive understanding of the creative potential within the department. Finally, there will be practical MA Project Module which will culminate in an exhibition of work in an appropriate media.

The course allows great flexibility within the project proposals. These may range from full garment collections to fabric creation for clothing, printed fashion fabrics or accessories.

Graduate destinations

You'll be prepared for a range of careers in fashion and textile design, including working with pattern cutting and pattern design in all garment trades as well as film and theatre costume production. You might wish to enter garment manufacturing or textile fabric design, working in samples for mass manufacture. No matter what you decide to do, from interior surface designs to textile and fashion prints, your qualification will ensure you are ready for it.

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Where better to study the outdoors than in the heart of the Lake District? We have a long history of providing postgraduate outdoor studies, starting in the 1960s and updated with new suites of modules and courses. Read more
Where better to study the outdoors than in the heart of the Lake District? We have a long history of providing postgraduate outdoor studies, starting in the 1960s and updated with new suites of modules and courses. Our programme is designed to support those involved or interested in outdoor studies to develop the knowledge and skills relevant to the development and provision of effective and inspiring courses in a wide range of settings.

We welcome applications from all kinds of professional backgrounds, such as nursing, social work, youth work, counselling and therapy, education, outdoor instruction, training and the services. If you're thinking of changing your career to work outside, then we provide an excellent progression route to help support your aspirations.

Course outline

Whether you're already involved in outdoor activities or new to the field, our course will extend your understanding and knowledge to new heights. You'll learn to apply innovative strategies in outdoor practice and integrate them into other spheres of teaching and learning. We provide a thorough appreciation of how experiential learning can help with personal and social development, using lectures, seminars, practicals and field trips to give you a full-bodied education.

You will approach outdoor learning through utilisation of outdoor environments and activities. Students should be enthusiastic participants; there is no required level of outdoor technical skills, although graduates of outdoor-related degrees will find this course ideal for developing new skills and competences. The programme will be taught by core staff of the Outdoor Studies Department together with key visiting lecturers.

Graduate destinations

Candidates can exit after 60 credits with a PgC Outdoor Learning, and after 120 credits with a PgD Outdoor and Experiential Learning. There are opportunities for PhD research after achievement of a Masters qualification.

Other admission requirements

Applications are welcome from people with a good first degree (normally U.K. 2:2 or above) and/or relevant work experience. It is hoped that the course will attract students from a variety of backgrounds and first degree subject areas from outdoor related areas through to youth work, social work, education and those with more philosophical backgrounds. International students are welcome to apply. The course can be studied full-time or part-time. Modules are taught in one week blocks. You are also welcome to apply to take modules individually.

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Whether you're a professional photographer or just completed your undergraduate degree, you'll love the chance to take your photography to new heights with our postgraduate programme. Read more
Whether you're a professional photographer or just completed your undergraduate degree, you'll love the chance to take your photography to new heights with our postgraduate programme. We offer a strong creative community that allows for cross discipline approaches, leading to innovative practices and new material technologies. You will not only gain research skills but also an ability to deepen your practice to develop comprehensive photography projects of professional standard.

We will help develop comprehensive communication skills underpinned by academic rigour, creating a robust foundation towards research degree development. Thanks to the exhibition element of our course and links with external organisations, you'll gain concrete experience in the art world and have valuable networking opportunities to help you enjoy a successful career in photography!

Course outline

Our course is 70% practical, giving you the freedom to choose the path you wish to explore within your specific subject area. Based within well-established workshops and studios, you will be taught by a broad range of academic practitioners and supported with highly skilled technicians. You'll work from a wide technical and creative base through theory based research, resolved samples and prototypes culminating in a final practice based MA Project exhibited within the university and externally at a major national venue.

The first practice-based module includes an introduction to the materials, techniques and equipment available within the department. This will support you to create a proposal, which you will explore and develop throughout two further practice-based modules (publication and exhibition). Your practice will be underpinned by theoretical research throughout your MA study.

Our programme works closely within a suite of creative-based MAs, allowing you to collaborate with other students from different disciplines to inspire your work further. We currently have a range of international partnerships working across a range of traditional and digital based 2D programmes.

Graduate destinations

Graduates go on to be successful artists, working as documentary and commercial photographers, gallerists, curators and writers, academics and teachers, and arts organisers of various kinds. Many prefer to support their art practice by combining it with teaching, commercial photography or other related activities.

We encourage you to develop your practice as research or progress through theoretical research to help progress to a practice-led PhD.

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Do you have a passion for prints? Then we're here to help you get the most from it! We offer a traditional print making environment that also has a wide range of digital printing facilities, including laser cutting and the supporting software packages. Read more
Do you have a passion for prints? Then we're here to help you get the most from it! We offer a traditional print making environment that also has a wide range of digital printing facilities, including laser cutting and the supporting software packages. Through both theory and practice-based research, you will explore the range of print opportunities before extending and refining your personal investigation and creative practice.

Whether you're a professional practitioner or just finished your undergraduate degree, you'll develop new skills within your subject and even bring new subject areas to your practice. We believe in a strong creative community that allows students to share ideas across disciplines, leading to innovative practices and new material technologies. Develop your craft further and take part in an exciting and supportive community of artists to expand your vision and portfolio.

Course outline

Our course is 70% practical, giving you the freedom to choose the path you wish to explore within your specific subject area. Based within well-established workshops and studios, you will be taught by a broad range of academic practitioners and supported with highly skilled technicians. You'll work from a wide technical and creative base through theory based research, resolved samples and prototypes culminating in a final practice based MA Project exhibited within the university and externally at a major national venue.

The skills-based studio module provides an introduction to the materials, techniques and equipment available within the department. This will allow you to create a practiced based proposal for the two further studio modules within terms 1 and 2, identifying theoretical research requirements and a range of material and technological challenges throughout your MA study.

Collaborating with other students from different disciplines will help inspire your work further. We currently have a range of international partnerships working across a range of traditional and digital based 2D programmes.

Graduate destinations

The application of print imagery or narrative can be placed within a variety of contexts, including framed individual art work, fashion or interior design fabrics, wall covering, large scale installation and many more. The increasing use of digital image making or adaptation combined with traditional craft based print practices within print making offers a broad range of employment opportunities.

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Show you have the right skills to be an expert in social care! Our challenging and dynamic programme draws on the wide range of practice and research experience provided by our teaching team, giving you the knowledge needed to become a confident, accomplished and highly employable social worker. Read more
Show you have the right skills to be an expert in social care! Our challenging and dynamic programme draws on the wide range of practice and research experience provided by our teaching team, giving you the knowledge needed to become a confident, accomplished and highly employable social worker. We place a strong focus on contemporary debate surrounding social work and social justice highlighted throughout the course, helping you get actively involved in the development of future practice.

As well as in-depth academic study, you'll benefit from practice-based learning with 170 days of the total course spent in placements, spread out over the two years of the course. Our innovative learning techniques, including video recording and web-based technologies, will ensure your social work skills are honed to the highest level. We believe that all social work students should have an informed and applied understanding of social justice, helping you use your passion to help people, as well as opening up new areas of employment for your career.

Course outline

This programme was developed in partnership with a range of key stakeholders, including social work service users and carers, and representatives from social work agencies. We offer an intensive programme of study that combines a level 7 academic award with a qualification in social work. It is studied over two years full-time.

You'll critically discuss how social work theory, core skills and key professional concepts facilitate understanding of individuals within the environment. By evaluating a comprehensive range of theories and evidence bases of social work practice, you'll demonstrate effective use of supervision whilst adopting and applying a critically reflective approach to practice. We'll show you how to articulate and justify your professional role confidently within a range of practice contexts, helping you make the transition from student to newly-qualified social worker.

Graduate destinations

Students who have completed this course have gone onto work as social workers, practitioners and managers in the social care field.

Other admission requirements

Successful completion of a related foundation degree or HND - to include GCSE in English at grade C or above and Level 2 in Mathematics.

Applicants from courses based at institutions other than University of Cumbria will be assessed on their suitability depending upon the modules they have studied.

GCSE minimum grade C in English language and maths or equivalent. Associated experience and knowledge of current issues within and affecting social work is also required. Equivalent qualifications other than those listed above may be accepted. Students are selected according to the entry level criteria laid out in the College of Social Work's Professional Capabilities Framework. All places are offered subject to successful interview and numeracy test, as well as Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (DBS formerly CRB), medical fitness to practise and proof of qualifications.

Fitness to practise and health requirements

All offers of a place are subject to satisfactory health screening. Further information will be provided following the offer of a place.

Please note that Professional Bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) have certain requirements regarding health and character status of applicants and their ability to meet the required core professional competencies and to practise safely without direct supervision. Please read the NMC (https://www.nmc.org.uk/education/becoming-a-nurse-or-midwife/when-studying-to-be-a-nurse-or-midwife/) and HCPC information (http://www.hcpc-uk.org/audiences/studentsandapplicants/disabledguide/) to find out more. Please ask us for advice and/or support as early as possible in the application process if you have any questions about this requirement.

For more information about core competencies and medical fitness to train please click this link (http://www.heops.org.uk/guide.php). There are fitness standards provided here for most programmes of study: health professions, social work and teaching.

In some instances, an applicant may be invited to attend a professional practice panel to discuss any recommended reasonable adjustments, and whether or not core professional competencies are achievable.

In order to be admitted and continue on the course, students must be deemed as medically fit for both practice and theory by the Occupational Health Department. If you have any concerns about a health condition/issue and its impact on your ability to undertake the course please contact the Occupational Health Department as early as possible in the application process.

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Disclosure and Barring Service check

If you are offered a place we require you to comply with an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check. Read the DBS policy (https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/media/university-of-cumbria-website/content-assets/public/er/documents/admissions/disclosure/DBSPolicy.pdf)

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Please note. This course is delivered in partnership with Philipps University at Marburg, Germany and The Norwegian School of Sport Science, Oslo. Read more
Please note: This course is delivered in partnership with Philipps University at Marburg, Germany and The Norwegian School of Sport Science, Oslo. Find more information and apply by visiting their website: http://www.erasmusmundus-teos.eu/

Have a degree in outdoor studies? Do you want to expand your career options through taking up work in Europe? Then we're here to help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to work across transcultural settings. You'll travel and live through the landscapes and cultures of northern Europe by studying with three leading universities, each considered experts in outdoor studies.

This course focuses on transculturality in the context of social and environmental issues and the part outdoor education can play. By studying for a semester in England, Germany and Norway, you'll gain a fully rounded experience taught through experiential courses. Each university has excellent resources and world-renowned academic staff to help your learning, and your degree will open employment opportunities across the world. If you're looking for first class learning at prestigious facilities across Europe, this is the right course for you.

Course outline

Outdoor practice has gained tremendous significance in all industrial countries in recent years, opening up new opportunities for professionals in this field. You will study the accumulated knowledge of the three central traditions of the philosophy of outdoor pedagogics - the Norwegian Friluftsliv, the English Outdoor Education and the German Erlebnispädagogik. This will help develop a transcultural sensitivity, discerning the cultural transitions and open borders between the three national concepts.

Reading about other cultures is one thing, but nothing quite compares to fully immersing yourself into a new way of life. This programme has been designed as a "peregrinatio academica", in which a study group remains together throughout the whole course of studies and spends a semester each at one of the three universities in England, Norway and Germany. The dissertation can take place at any of the partner universities, and there are also opportunities to study for a dissertation at a growing number of partner universities in Australia, Canada or the USA.

Graduate destinations

Graduates from this course can enter a wide range of professions, including teaching, higher education lecturing, research, guiding, voluntary and public sector administration, social work, therapeutic work, outdoor education and international corporate roles.

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