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University of Central Lancashire, Full Time Masters Degrees in Social Work

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Leading to a professional qualification in social work, UCLan’s MA Social Work course has been developed in close co-operation with social work agencies in the voluntary, independent and statutory sectors and in conjunction with service users and carers. Read more
Leading to a professional qualification in social work, UCLan’s MA Social Work course has been developed in close co-operation with social work agencies in the voluntary, independent and statutory sectors and in conjunction with service users and carers. It incorporates 170 days placement experience as well as structured academic learning, including input from service users. A work based (part-time) route taking a minimum of three years, is available for employees who are sponsored by our partner agencies. The course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and has been developed in line with the HCPC Standards of Proficiency, the College of Social Work Professional Capabilities Framework, and the QAA benchmarking statements. A key principle of the programme is the promotion of student self-directed and enquiry based learning, with the model of action learning sets embedded within the teaching and learning strategy of the programme. The aim is to enable students to develop advanced knowledge, skills and values for social work.

DBS CHECKS

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

PROFESSIONAL ACCREDITATION

This course has been approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as meeting the Standards of Education & Training required for social work programmes. Students who successfully complete all social work elements of the course are eligible to apply to the HCPC for registration as qualified social workers.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Social workers work with a wide cross section of society, which includes a significant proportion of some of the most disadvantaged and excluded people in our society. Social work students therefore need to develop the knowledge, skills and appropriate values to work positively with service users and carers. This course will offer you opportunities to develop and integrate knowledge, skills and values for and in practice, which will allow you to demonstrate that you meet The College of Social Work Professional Capabilities at the Qualifying Level for Social Work in England as well as the Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Proficiency in practice by the end of the course.

The MA Social Work course will consist of 1800 hours structured academic learning and 170 days of learning in practice settings.

As part of the taught element of the course which is University- based students will experience a minimum of thirty skills development activity days. In Year 1 the focus is on generic skills which form the basis of an assessment of the student’s Readiness for Direct Practice and the development of capabilities at ‘end of first placement’ level. These include: communications skills; interviewing skills; skills of observation; understanding social work contexts; and direct communication with and learning from service users and carers. In Year 2 students will have the opportunity to develop more ‘advanced skills’ such as working with ‘hard to engage’ service users and direct work with children.

Key aspects of the programme include:
-Professionalism: developing awareness in students of how to behave as a professional social worker
-Values and ethics: understanding and applying to practice the ethical values and principles of social work
-Diversity: recognising diversity and applying anti-oppressive principles in practice
-The advancement of human rights, social justice and economic well-being
-Applying knowledge for social work: knowledge of human growth and development, psychology, social policy, sociology, law and theory for social work
-Critical reflection and analysis in respect to professional decision making
-Skills to intervene to promote independence provide support and prevent harm and abuse
-Working in organisations including collaborative working between agencies
-Taking responsibility for the professional learning and development of others through leadership

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Childhood is accorded a special status under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and child welfare forms a policy focus for states across the globe. Read more
Childhood is accorded a special status under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and child welfare forms a policy focus for states across the globe. Within the UK, child health and social care has received considerable support under the government's modernising agenda leading to an increase in childcare provision, employment opportunities and a growing evidence and academic knowledge base. The School of Social Work has been active in developments in child care practice and research and has developed a strong child care research group which has contributed to our success in establishing a research profile of national and international significance. The school is home to the Centre for Childhood and Youth research [‘TheCentre’] led by Professors Nigel Thomas and Andy Bilson and is an active member of the Making Research Count Network.

The course takes a research-applied approach to examining contemporary practice and service provision and also offers opportunities to engage in research and theoretical work. It is made up of three parts:

Core childcare modules which critically examine conventional developmental approaches and more recent research on contemporary childhoods; contemporary national and international research, policy and practice concerning children's safety and protection; the ways in which relevant legislation and guidance including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child [UNCRC]; Children Acts, 1989 and 2004, Every Child Matters and the Human Rights Act are currently being applied in the UK and the part law plays in constructing appropriate roles for children.

Further core modules provide for knowledge and skills development in Research Methods, and the critical exploration of the contemporary contexts of service developments in children's services.

A research based dissertation.

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The MA in Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People will enhance your knowledge and academic confidence. It provides specialist knowledge in children’s rights and participation and child safeguarding as well as an introduction to a broad range of practical, legal and theoretical approaches. Read more
The MA in Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People will enhance your knowledge and academic confidence. It provides specialist knowledge in children’s rights and participation and child safeguarding as well as an introduction to a broad range of practical, legal and theoretical approaches.

Aimed at practitioners working with children and young people who wish to update their knowledge or develop their ability to critique and innovate in their practice, the course is also suitable for recent graduates seeking to specialise in this area.

The course has local links to voluntary and statutory sector provision for children and young people in social work, education and health. It is also part of the European Network of Masters in Children’s Rights and through this provides opportunities to engage with international networks.

DBS CHECKS

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

FURTHER INFORMATION

If a full-time student cannot continue their studies then there is an exit award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People which is detailed in the programme specification. To be eligible for this award, a student must have obtained 60 credits.

For any MA student who cannot continue their studies and who has 120 credits, there is an exit award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Practice with Children and young People.

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Safeguarding children is a high profile area of work, where decision making carries a high order of risk for children, their families and those engaged with them. Read more
Safeguarding children is a high profile area of work, where decision making carries a high order of risk for children, their families and those engaged with them. There is a pressing demand for professionals and others across a wide range of disciplines and sectors to develop an in-depth knowledge of child protection work and to demonstrate effective, evidence based skills. The Postgraduate Certificate in Safeguarding Children was developed to offer opportunities for continuing personal and professional development through the development of in-depth knowledge to support practitioners and others whose work or research interests lay within the wide range of services for children, young people, their parents or carers. The multi-disciplinary backgrounds and experiences of candidates are an important value added element of the course, mirroring as it does the multi-agency working which underpins all contemporary children’s services and is required by legislation and guidance.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Sessions are scheduled on Wednesdays and typically run 3 -5pm, to accommodate candidates who are combining professional careers with CPD. Each of the three modules will consist of around 12 class sessions. These include a mix of tutor delivered input; interactive discussions; candidate lead seminars; problem solving activities and directed reading.

Assessment is by coursework and varied: methods include seminar presentations, the preparation of a training pack, a poster presentation, essays, critiques.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Child health and social care has received considerable support under the government's modernising agenda leading to an increase in child care provision, employment opportunities and a growing evidence and academic knowledge base. The school has been active in developments in child care practice and research and has developed a strong child care research group which has contributed to our success in establishing a research profile of national/international significance. Against this background we provide relevant, up-to-date and accessible courses in child care at postgraduate level including the Postgraduate Certificate in Safeguarding, the MA in Contemporary Practice with Children and Young People and PhD opportunities.

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At UCLan, our post-qualifying framework (PQF) allows health and social care practitioners to continue their professional development and achieve further qualifications in their field. Read more
At UCLan, our post-qualifying framework (PQF) allows health and social care practitioners to continue their professional development and achieve further qualifications in their field. You have the opportunity to study individual modules in subject areas that interest you. You can select from a comprehensive and contemporary range of modules that fit your personal development and career plans; either on an individual basis or combined in a planned programme to eventually achieve a degree.

COURSE OUTLINE

The Advanced Certificate Non Medical Prescribing prepares nurses/ midwives, pharmacists and relevant allied health professionals to practice within current non medical prescribing legislation. It is aimed at experienced practitioners who wish to enhance their clinical practice by prescribing as Independent Prescribers from the British National Formulary (BNF) and/or as Supplementary Prescribers using clinical management plans according to relevant professional standards as stipulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The generic nature of the course enables the student to apply the theory directly to his or her own practice area or speciality.

On successful completion of the course and subsequent registration with the appropriate regulatory body:
-Nurses and midwives will receive the V300 Independent and Supplementary Prescribing entry to the NMC register.
-Pharmacists will receive a ‘Practice Certificate in Independent Prescribing’ which can be used to have their entry in the Register of Pharmaceutical Chemists annotated (GPhC).
-Allied Health Professionals (Physiotherapists) will receive a statement of competence to practice as an Independent and Supplementary prescriber from the HCPC.

All successful candidates will receive an Advanced Certificate Non Medical Prescribing.

This course is offered as a double module and attracts 40 credits at level 6 (NU3023) or 40 credits at level 7 (NU4023). Students may only undertake one of these modules. The course is delivered twice a year, commencing September (normally Thursdays) and January (normally Wednesdays). This course is offered as a combination of taught study days within the university and via directed study using the university’s resources, a Non Medical Prescribing Web Resource and the university’s on-line Learning Environment (Blackboard). It can be taken as a free-standing module or as part of undergraduate or postgraduate programmes.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT & ASSESSMENT

The course is designed for experienced practitioners and the use of student centred teaching and learning strategies is central to the course design. The sessions are delivered by a very experienced multiprofessional team via a range of approaches including: lectures, group discussions, case studies, seminars, tutorials, on-line Blackboard materials and an interactive elearning Web Resource. In addition, the opportunity afforded by shared multiprofessional learning will enhance your educational experience.

Student support from module supervisors will be ongoing throughout the programme, which includes direct contact and via email and telephone.

Assessment of the course is in four parts, all of which must be passed in order to successfully complete the course. These are the production of a 4000 word portfolio of professional development in prescribing practice, written examination, Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and achievement of competence in practice. Students who undertake the level 7 module (NU4023) will also have a viva voce with the OSCE.

ACADEMIC EXPERTISE

We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.

WORK EXPERIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

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The MA in Community Leadership is a unique course developed and inspired by individuals who work within communities as activists and change makers. Read more
The MA in Community Leadership is a unique course developed and inspired by individuals who work within communities as activists and change makers. The course is based upon the concept of a learning community, whereby learners come together to share experiences and best practice. It works on the belief that within the context of community leadership, individuals learn best from a peer led programme.

The course focuses on core themes relating to politics and governance, faith, gender, global society, and community resilience. In addition to the MA, students will also be eligible for an optional exit award in Strategic Leadership at Level 7 from the Institute of Leadership and Management. Through the Interfaith Dialogue route, he course offers an annual field visit to an international destination, usually Cordoba in Spain, but this varies according to availability. Further international visits and collaborations are available at the discretion of the course tutor and subject to numbers.

Modules:

Understanding Equality and Community Practice
Leadership: Theory, Practice and Reflection
Community and Practice-Based Research
Community Research project
Global Project Development
Interfaith Dialogue and Contemporary Society (Andalucía, Spain)
Gender and Community Leadership
Community Resilience
Professional Writing and Communication

The programme is delivered at the UCLan Burnley Campus or at the Institute of Leadership and Management

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The MSc Applied Public Health is a new and innovative course which provides a relevant and engaging learning experience for anyone whose work includes some responsibility for the determinants of health. Read more
The MSc Applied Public Health is a new and innovative course which provides a relevant and engaging learning experience for anyone whose work includes some responsibility for the determinants of health. The course has been designed to meet the needs of a wide range of professionals working to achieve improvements in health. It aims to provide participants with the opportunity to develop the skills required to meet existing and emerging challenges in public health.

The learning outcomes of the core modules are mapped against the Royal Institute of Public Health National Standards for Specialist Public Health Practice as well as the NHS Knowledge and Skills Competency Framework. Teaching methods include: lectures, seminars, workshops, self-directed learning, blended learning, problem based learning, action learning. Assessments are designed to have real world relevance and include: briefing papers, presentations, poster presentations, press releases, project management, etc.

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The principle concern of the Masters programme is the study of communities and the dynamics and tensions of human interaction within them, alongside the role of law as a vehicle of governance. Read more
The principle concern of the Masters programme is the study of communities and the dynamics and tensions of human interaction within them, alongside the role of law as a vehicle of governance. It aims to focus on understanding disadvantages within communities and how inclusivity can be established. As well as, understand social inequalities and how to enhance the value of diversity and inclusion.
This course offers three exit routes. It is driven by the changing nature of equality legislation and practice and the conceptual synergies, at Postgraduate Certificate level between the Community Leadership Studies and the study of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. At the Diploma and Masters level there is a distinct focus on equality, diversity and inclusion.

Modules:

Year 1:
Understanding equality and community practice
Leadership: theory, practice and reflection
Community and practice based research

Year 2:
Three of the following option modules:
Promoting equality and diversity
Managing change
Equality, human rights and the aw
Professional writing and communication

Year 3:
Dissertation

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Public Services are a constantly changing, dynamic environment and for those working within the Public Services the demands are high. Read more
Public Services are a constantly changing, dynamic environment and for those working within the Public Services the demands are high. This course has been developed collaboratively by practitioners and academics to enhance the knowledge, understanding and skills required to work effectively within multi-Agency teams whether from a statutory organisation, the voluntary sector or a charity. Aimed at personal and professional development for current professionals in the field of multi-agency partnership working and as a natural progression for graduates in policing, law, criminology, sociology or health.

The course team have between them considerable academic and practical experience of multi-agency working and are actively involved in development and research in this area working closely with a variety of agencies in the statutory, voluntary and charitable sectors.

INDUSTRY LINKS

The course has been developed collaboratively with the agencies involved in early Action Partnerships.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Facilities include an outstanding, modern HYDRA immersive learning centre, modern teaching rooms an extensive library and student learning zone. Module assessments are undertaken by means of coursework, workshops, projects, examination and dissertation.

The course is taught using a combination of lectures, practical's and self-directed study to understand the complexity of relationships, pressures and incentives within a multi-agency partnership. The course is delivered and taught by experienced academics, former and current practitioners.

FURTHER INFORMATION

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

-To equip students with the knowledge and practical skills to understand Multi- Agency partnership working drawing on appropriate theory to synthesise and test potential solutions.
-To develop personal and analytical skills involving the principles, practices and techniques relevant to Multi Agency Partnership Working.
-Design, plan and implement solutions to problems in Multi Agency Partnerships and be capable of analysing the potential effectiveness of such solutions.
-To provide an opportunity for the students to plan and evaluate a Multi-Agency Partnership related project.
-To develop the students’ critical thinking skills, communication and self-management skills to a level appropriate to post-graduate students

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The Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate in Applied Public Health is an innovative course which provides a relevant and engaging learning experience for anyone whose work includes some responsibility for the determinants of health. Read more
The Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate in Applied Public Health is an innovative course which provides a relevant and engaging learning experience for anyone whose work includes some responsibility for the determinants of health. The course has been designed to meet the needs of a wide range of professionals working to achieve improvements in health. It aims to provide participants with the opportunity to develop the skills required to meet existing and emerging challenges in public health.

This postgraduate course emphasises the application of theory to practice and the associated development of relevant skills. You will consider planning, strategies and public health in action. This includes consideration of key themes such as diet/nutrition, child and young person, healthy settings and the media.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND ASSESSMENT

Teaching and learning will utilise a number of innovative approaches. Students will utilise case studies to consider real world approaches to the subject. The course also uses problem solving approaches and action learning, encouraging students to engage with each other and with the subject as well as offering the more traditional teaching formats such as workshops, lectures and seminars. Tutorial support and guidance is also available to students via module and personal tutors.

The course is assessed by assignments and presentation. Wherever possible assignments have 'real world' relevance. Assessments have been structured to be relevant to the workplace and to assess the key skills required for public health work. There is a wide range of support on offer to students at the university to assist them in improving their study skills and preparing for assessment including the WISER student centred learning centre and use of eLearn.

OPPORTUNITIES

A postgraduate qualification in applied public health would enhance career prospects in a range of professions engaged in working towards achievements in health, including health community work, medicine, sport and leisure, environment, and education. Opportunities exist in management, strategic and educational as well as practitioner posts.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Studying Applied Public Health you will also address contemporary issues in health protection together with the skills needed for hazard surveillance and risk management. You will also study research methods, epidemiology and informatics to inform evidence based approaches to public health.

The learning outcomes of the core modules are mapped against the Royal Institute of Public Health National Standards for Specialist Public Health Practice as well as the NHS Knowledge and Skills Competency Framework.

Teaching methods include: lectures, seminars, workshops, self-directed learning, blended learning, problem based learning, action learning. Assessments are designed to have real world relevance and include: briefing papers, presentations, poster presentations, press releases, project management, etc.

Students successfully completing the Postgraduate Diploma Applied Public Health may progress onto the MSc Applied Public Health.

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