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Leadership and Management in Social Care PgCert

Why choose this course?

The Leadership and Management in Social Care PgCert is specifically designed for managers in social work and social care organisations. On this course you will work with a range of experts from within the sector and will benefit from the expertise of senior colleagues in relevant disciplines from outside the sector.

You will study organisational structures, dynamics and cultures, across different types of social work organisations.

You will reflect on, and critically analyse the political and policy context and your practice in managing people in social work and social care. To support your learning, you will draw on relevant research, evidence, frameworks and literature. You will work with experts from the social care sector in relevant other disciplines.

Action learning sets are utilised throughout the course to motivate you to engage in peer learning. The course is aligned with the Chief Social Workers' Knowledge and skills statements for practice leaders and practice supervisors.

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Part time 1–2 years Average time commitment is 42 hours per module including seminars, lectures and individual tutorials September 2020
Location Kingston Hill

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • This course is ideal if you are a manager in a social work or social care organisation, or if you aspire to managerial roles.
  • You will gain a broad understanding of leadership and management behaviours in social work practice, developing skills in areas such as managing change, working across organisational boundaries and project planning.
  • This course is aligned to both the Professional Capabilities Framework and the Chief Social Workers' Knowledge and Skills Statements for practice leaders and practice supervisors.

What you will study

These modules are aimed at enabling you to gain and demonstrate a fuller understanding of leadership and management behaviours in social work practice.

On the course you will:

  • enhance your comprehension of organisational structures, dynamics and cultures, including the different legal types of social care organisations, using data and performance information and financial planning and management; and
  • develop and enhance your leadership and management competencies and capabilities, including managing change, working across organisational boundaries and project planning and project management.

Modules

Core modules

Leading and Managing People in Social Work Practice

30 credits

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).

  • Time commitment: Seven days equivalent to 42 hours including seminars, lectures and individual tutorials
  • Code: SW7030
Applying the Vanguard Method to People Centred Service

30 credits

This module introduces students to applications of the Vanguard Method (Seddon, 2003) in their practice setting. It focuses on the two key elements of the Vanguard Method in people centred services: systems theory and intervention theory. Practical application of these theories will involve the study of a work system in the student's own organisation using the Vanguard Method. The pedagogical approach is based on action learning, and combines university-based teaching with work-based learning. Students will apply their learning by using the Vanguard Method to study a system within their own work setting. 

  • Level: 7
  • Credits: 30
  • Code: SW7037

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Entry requirements

Typical offer

Applicants must be Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered social workers with some level of managerial responsibilities in their chosen area of practice or expertise, or about to take on such responsibilities.

International

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirements. For this course it is Academic IELTS of 7.0 overall with special conditions in all elements. Please make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we'll consider.

If you require a Tier 1-5 visa to reside in the UK (this includes a Tier 4 student visa), you may not be able to enrol on a part-time programme at the University. Kingston University has carefully considered the Tier 4 visa route and has decided not to offer Tier 4 part-time study. Tier 4 sponsorship is only available to students studying on a full-time course.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and assessment on these modules aims to build skills and knowledge for real-world practice and will help advance your career.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Support for postgraduate students

As a student at Kingston University, we will make sure you have access to appropriate advice regarding your academic development. You will also be able to use the University's support services

How you will be assessed

Assessment typically comprises of practical and coursework (e.g. essays, reports, self-assessment). The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows:

  • 75% coursework
  • 25% oral presentation

Your workload

20% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity.

  • Scheduled teaching and learning: 117 hours
  • Guided independent study: 483 hours

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Who teaches this course?

Every member of the teaching staff has substantial practice experience in social work and social care. In addition, many are actively involved in social work research, presenting regularly at conferences and publishing in books and journals. In addition, our course teams draw on the wealth of experience provided by our professional contacts and service users and carers who feed into the design of our courses and provide teaching and supervision to enrich your learning.

Course fees and funding

2020/21 fees for this course

Home and European Union 2020/21

  • PgCert part time: £2,990

Funding

This course is normally funded by employers. We offer a discount to employers if they provide a placement to a Kingston University and St George's, University of London social work student.

Visit our Fees and funding page to find out about the student funding options available to help you fund your postgraduate studies.  

After you graduate

You will finish the course well-prepared for management roles in the social work and social care sector or in associated sectors (for example, in local authorities and non-government organisations). The course will also prepare you to progress to a masters qualification.

Accreditation

This course is aligned to both the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) and the Chief Social Workers' Knowledge and Skills Statements for practice leaders and practice supervisors.

Links with the health sector

The course is strongly supported by our employer partners. Kingston University has taken an active role in the South West London and Surrey Social Work Alliance, comprising of a number of statutory and voluntary sector partners including the London Boroughs of Croydon, Hounslow, Merton, Richmond, Sutton, Wandsworth, the Royal Borough of Kingston and Surrey County Council.

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