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Social work (post-qualifying) credit-bearing short course

Mode Duration Start date
Part time To be confirmed September 2016
January 2017

Choose a postgraduate social work (post-qualifying) credit-bearing short course

Social workers can take postgraduate modules on a standalone basis as short courses for continuing professional development (CPD).

Our programmes and modules have been developed in partnership with employer partners in south-west London and Surrey to meet the continuing professional development needs of social workers. They are underpinned and informed by:

  • the LGA Employer Standards for Social Work and the Supervision Standards;
  • the Professional Capabilities Framework for Social Work (PCF);
  • the Chief Social Worker Knowledge and Skills Statements; and
  • The HCPC Standards of Proficiency for Social Work in England and Standards for Continuing Professional Development.

They offer a flexible and development approach by which social workers can develop and gain academic credit towards an Advanced Social Work MA or a Professional Education and Training MA; or a Professional Development in Social Work PgDip or PgCert.

All modules include application of learning to professional practice. There are specialist modules for social workers working with children and young people, their families and carers; social workers working with adults; practice educators and professional educators and trainers and for managers. All modules can be taken as 'free standing' modules.

  • Postgraduate Certificate: students must pass 60 Level 7 credits
  • Postgraduate Diploma: students must pass 120 Level 7 credits
  • MA: students must pass 180 Level 7 credits (including the Capstone Research Project)

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Working with adults

  • This module equips registered social workers in adult services to review, update, enhance and validate what they know and what they can do as outlined in the Chief Social Workers' Knowledge and Skills Statements for Social Workers in Adult Services (DoH 2014). It is designed to assist transitions in the profession and is suitable for:

    • qualified social workers who have completed the ASYE;
    • social workers who may be returning to the profession or joining the profession with an international qualification; and
    • social workers who would like to refresh and update their knowledge and skills.

    The module content is based on the Knowledge and Skills statement of the Chief Social Worker for Social Workers in adult services. Social workers who have completed the ASYE can benefit from Recognition of Prior Learning and gain an additional 15 credits on successful completion of this module.

    • When provided: March and September
    • Time commitment: Five full teaching days
    • Level: 7
    • Credits: 15
    • Code: SW7033
     
  • Best Interests Assessor
  • This module is designed to provide students with opportunities to build on existing knowledge, skills and confidence in applying frameworks for decision-making relevant to safeguarding adults. The module focuses particularly on the frameworks of law, ethics and policy that should inform judgements in this practice area. Students will be required to reflect critically on decisions from current or recent experience in the light of these frameworks and to identify ways of applying learning from the module to future practice. There will be a strong focus on practice development (in terms of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards) at social worker/experienced social worker level. It includes assessment in practice.

    This is one of two specialist modules designed with the Kingston University and St George's, University of London partners to replace the previous specialist level award.

    • When provided: April to June
    • Time commitment: 30 hours – lectures and seminars
    • Level: 7
    • Credits: 30
    • Code: SW7020
     
  • This module promotes an in-depth exploration on safeguarding adults and considers good practice in relation to managing responses to safeguarding concerns in appropriate and sensitive ways that protects the rights of the person concerned. It will enable participants to develop their skills in managing the safeguarding adults' investigation process and develop their abilities to chair safeguarding strategy meetings and case conferences. In particular the module will examine the means by which decisions are reached in investigations concerning adult safeguarding, ethical concerns regarding these decisions and consider the multi-professional response required based on official guidance from central and local government. This module is co-delivered with partner agencies. It is targeted at the experienced social worker level/advanced social worker level.

    • When provided: on demand
    • Time commitment: 25 hours learning sessions in both university and training settings in the employing agency
    • Level: 7
    • Credits: 15
    • Code: SW7022
     
  • This module is co-delivered with partner agencies. This module critically examines adult safeguarding in relation to adults at risk whose independence and wellbeing is likely to be compromised through the abusive and harmful actions of others. The module will identify key factors which may give rise to adult safeguarding concerns and consider good practice in relation to responding to these in appropriate and sensitive ways that protects the rights of the person concerned. The module considers how safeguarding is an area of activity aimed at upholding adults' fundamental right to be safe, while at the same time respecting their rights to make choices – and how this involves questions of empowerment, protection and justice. The module will also explore appropriate multi-agency responses following official guidance from central and local government in this area. It is targeted at the social worker/experienced social worker level.

    • When provided: on demand
    • Time commitment: 30 hours learning sessions in both university and training settings in the employing agency
    • Level: 7
    • Credits: 15
    • Code: SW7021
     

Working with children and young people

  • This module equips registered child and family social workers to review, update and validate what they know and what they can do as outlined in the Chief Social Workers' Knowledge and Skills Statements for Child and Family Social Work. (DfE 2015). It is designed to assist transitions in the profession and is suitable for:

    • qualified social workers who have completed the ASYE;
    • social workers who may be returning to the profession or joining the profession with an international qualification; and
    • social workers who would like to refresh and update their knowledge and skills or who are preparing for professional status accreditation processes.

    The module content is based on the Knowledge and Skills statement of the Chief Social Worker for Child and Family Social Work (DfE 2015). Social Workers who have completed the ASYE successfully can benefit from Recognition of Prior Learning and gain an additional 15 credits on successful completion of this module

    • When provided: March and September
    • Time commitment: Five days of learning sessions in the University, plus self-directed learning
    • Level: 7
    • Credits: 15
    • Code: SW7032
     
  • This module is designed to provide students with opportunities to build on existing knowledge, skills and confidence in applying frameworks for decision-making relevant to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. The module focuses particularly on the frameworks of law, ethics and policy that should inform judgements in this practice area. Students will be required to reflect critically on decisions from current or recent experience in the light of these frameworks and to identify ways of applying learning from the module to future practice. There will be a strong focus on practice development (in terms of the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards) at social worker/experienced social worker level. It includes assessment in practice.

    This is one of two specialist modules designed with the Kingston University and St George's, University of London partners to replace the previous specialist level award/child care award.

    • When provided: April to June
    • Time commitment: 30 hours – lectures and seminars
    • Level: 7
    • Credits: 30
    • Code: SW7017
     

Professional education and training, leadership and management

  • This module provides the opportunity for those employed in or about to take on management roles in social work to expand their understanding of leadership and management behaviours and processes, and what these mean for organisational culture, team building, staff management, supervision and development and making decisions.

    It will provide the opportunity for those in or joining first line manager positions to reflect on their management behaviours, enhance their capability in effective leadership and people management skills, and increase their capacity to be influential within and between teams. Students will identify relevant and appropriate professional examples for discussion and draw on research and theory to reflect on, analyse and improve their practice and performance.

    The module is  underpinned by the Chief Social Workers' Knowledge and skills statements for practice leaders and practice supervisors and the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) at Advanced Level (management).

    • When provided: November to May
    • Time commitment: Seven days equivalent to 42 hours including seminars, lectures and individual tutorials
    • Level: 7
    • Credits: 30
    • Code: SW7030
     
  • This module concentrates on the knowledge and capabilities required to be a successful leader and manager within the context of social work and social care organisations. It is targeted at current and prospective team and service managers and equivalent post-holders. Students will analyse the political and policy context of contemporary social work and social care practice, enhance their understanding of organisational structures and change management and have opportunities to develop their project management, leadership and management competencies.

    On successful completion of this module and one other (SW7030 is recommended) students will gain a postgraduate certificate and will be able to progress to a masters degree.

    • When provided: February to July
    • Time commitment: One full day per month 
    • Level: 7
    • Credits: 30
    • Code: SW7031
     
  • This module is suitable for those undertaking training and development roles in the workplace. Students taking this module are required to identify and analyse learning and development needs which might be met by the provision of training. They will then undertake independent research and develop a short training programme to meet these needs. The practicum for this module includes the development, delivery and evaluation of a minimum of two training events in an agency setting and the development of a training manual. This module is targeted at experienced social worker/advanced levels professional educators.

    • When provided: October to September
    • Time commitment: 35 hours – workshops, group tutorials and observation of training practice in a work setting
    • Level: 7
    • Credits: 30
    • Code: SW7012
     
  • This module equips registered social workers to undertake the responsibilities of a Stage 1 Practice Educator (Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) of the College of Social Work (TCSW). Students who complete this module successfully will be able to supervise, teach and assess social work degree students up to but not including the final assessment prior to qualification. At this stage they may contribute to the last placement but not take full responsibility for assessment or act as the practice educator on a day-to-day basis. Students undertaking this module are required to undertake a practicum which entails acting as a Stage 1 practice educator to a degree in social work student on a first placement (70 days).

    This module is only available to registered social workers with two years or more post-registration practice experience. It is targeted at social worker/experienced social worker level.

    • Starts: January and June
    • Time commitment: 30 hours seminars, lectures and workshops; skills lab sessions on supervision skills; and 10 hours practice assessment in the workplace
    • Level: 7
    • Credits: 30
    • Code: SW7010
     
  • This module equips registered social workers to undertake the responsibilities of a Stage 2 Practice Educator (Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) of the College of Social Work (TCSW). Students who complete this module successfully will be able to supervise, teach and assess social work degree students up to and including the last placement and to work with ASYE candidates. In effect, these practice educators will have the authority and capability to recommend, on the basis of appropriate evidence, that the social work students are fit to practise at the point of qualification. The module includes practice assessment.

    This module is only available to registered social workers with three years or more post-registration practice experience and who have completed Practice Educator Stage 1 or equivalent. It is targeted at experienced social worker level.

    • Starts: October and June
    • Time commitment: 30 hours seminars, lectures and workshops; skills lab sessions on supervision skills and 12 hours practice assessment in the workplace
    • Level: 7
    • Credits: 30
    • Code: SW7011
     
  • In this module students engage with the academic and research literature that supports both methodological approaches to the study of psychology of teaching and learning and the intellectual bases of professional work in practice/professional education.

    Students are expected to analyse and apply enhanced understanding of the role of the reflective professional/practice educator to organisational improvement and generate a framework for thinking about how different learning theories relate one to another. Some of the difficulties of identifying critical factors in the learning process and issues surrounding impediments to learning are explored. The challenges associated with the learning of attitudes and values and the processes associated with attitude change are explored.

    Students taking this module analyse and use their professional practice to inform the extension of their understanding of teaching and learning in order to construct and reconstruct their own professional practice. This module is targeted at experienced social worker/ dvanced levels professional educators.

    • When provided: on demand
    • Time commitment: 35 hours
    • Level: 7
    • Credits: 30
    • Code: SW7009
     
  • This module examines the practice of supervision in the professional development of others. It aims to assist supervisors to develop the knowledge and skills relevant to professional supervision; to foster the growth of open, self-aware, flexible supervisors, with a clear sense of the professional boundaries and responsibilities of their role; and to promote critical debate and develop thorough knowledge of the supervision models available so that students can develop an approach which best suits their professional practice. It further provides a structured opportunity for students to develop their skills in providing reflective supervision and in the holistic appraisal of professional capability fostering critical evaluation of their own supervisory practice.

    In order to take this module, students must have responsibility for providing professional supervision in a practice setting. This module is targeted at experienced social worker/advanced levels but is not limited to social workers.

    • When provided: January to May
    • Time commitment: 25 plus a minimum of two live supervision sessions in practice 
    • Level: 7
    • Credits: 30
    • Code: SW7013
     

Social work research

  • This module is required for students undertaking studies to masters Level. It can also be taken as a free-standing module by those who wish to undertake, with supervision a work-based research project.

    The module will provide students with the experience of utilising principles of research and academic writing and thus demonstrate the intellectual skills learnt on the course. Students are expected to review critically research and to evaluate the evidence underpinning their own practice. The module will provide students with the opportunity to implement the knowledge and skills developed during the previous modules by conducting research focused on a topic of their choice related to their area of practice with the support of a research supervisor.

    The module will enhance students' presentation and publication skills as the assessment will include writing an abstract, presenting a poster and writing an article suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Delivered by our research team, this module is targeted at advanced and strategic Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) levels.

    • When provided: September to September
    • Time commitment: 60 hours – seminars, workshops and tutorials
    • Level: 7
    • Credits: 60
    • Code: SW7016
     

Progression in practice at ASYE/social worker level (PCF)

  • The module aims to build practitioner confidence and skills in report writing for professional social work practice. It is informed by partnership working with employers, and draws on the social work academic curriculum. Teaching will combine plenary learning sessions with intensive individual tutoring support in the workplace, in order to encourage critical self-evaluation of completed documents. Learners will develop their ability to organise and write practice documents which draw valid conclusions from critically evaluated evidence identified both in their casework and in relevant research.

    Assessment will be based on an electronic workbook of practice exercises and a portfolio of professional social work documents written in the workplace. This module is only offered on commission arrangements with an employer and is normally provided when an employer has identified 10 or more social workers who need to strengthen their written work to meet professional standards. Students will normally be at the social worker level in the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).

    • When provided: on demand
    • Time commitment: university workshops: 24 hours; mentoring sessions/individual tutorials: seven hours in employment setting
    • Level: 6
    • Credits: 30
    • Code: SW6103

    This module can be only commissioned by employer.

     

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