Advanced Child and Family Social Work PGCert 2019/20 entry

Course code:

HLST174

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences


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Overview

Coventry University has been providing social work CPD (Continuous Professional Development) courses and modules to local employers for many years and has prominent links with nearby local authorities and voluntary sector organisations.

The course is designed for social workers who have completed social work pre-registration training and are in employment to enhance your career prospects via gaining a PG level qualification. Opportunities may also be available within the faculty to progress your studies beyond the PgC to a full master’s degree.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Course information

This course aims to enable social workers to develop their careers from early social work practice through to teaching, mentoring and assessing others.

The course has been designed to enable you to develop your practice, extend your range of skills, enhance your critical reflective skills and thus improve service delivery.

It is offered via a blended learning approach and is intended to be a key vehicle for social workers to gain an academic award at the same time as meeting their CPD, which is required by the current regulator.

The curriculum for the course allows for students to meet the PEPS stage 1 requirements where social workers will begin to form some knowledge of the role of teaching and mentoring others as they develop their social work careers in more senior positions.

An additional module on this qualification route will focus on enhancing social workers’ knowledge in children and families social work practice.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Year One

    • The Developing Practitioner in Social Work
    • Mentoring, Supervision and Assessment in Practice (PEPS Stage 1)
    • Advanced Critical Practice: Child and Family

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

The course is delivered on a part-time basis and can be taken over a one year or two-year period to meet the needs of social workers who wish to study alongside their professional practice as part of their continuing professional development.

It will be delivered using a blended learning approach of both classroom teaching, on-line discussions and tasks, and project work.

The course team has expertise in working with learners who are mature, from diverse backgrounds or have a range of individual learning needs. Overall the teaching and learning strategy seeks to assist you in your developmental journey and enable you to develop professional skills and personal capabilities. The strategy is also designed to enable you to be critically reflective in your own work setting and to be able to recognise not only your own development needs but the development needs of your team or service and of pre-qualifying social work students. This involves moving you through a change from initially supported and guided study to more independent and self-directed study, enabling you to take a critical stance to theories, findings and approaches of the discipline.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

In practice, social workers are required to demonstrate a high level of reasoning based on best evidence; discuss, debate and reflect upon and test hypotheses; demonstrate extensive skills that are underpinned by theory and method; and be able to explore ethical dilemmas. They are also required to communicate clearly in focused notes and reports and articulate these decisions via a variety of media such as written reports, presentations and other mediums such as technology.

The PgCert Advanced Child and Family Social Work’s assessment strategy is therefore designed to reflect these demands.

Upon successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate that you have developed your social work practice and achieved the outcomes via the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) or its equivalent.
  • Demonstrate that you have developed a comprehensive and critical understanding of the requirements of the Practice Education Professional Standards (PEPS) Stage 1 and their application to the theoretical underpinnings of adult learning and the supervision and assessment of others.
  • Demonstrate skills and knowledge aligned with the relevant levels of the Professional Capabilities Framework and the Knowledge and Skills Statements.
  • Evidenced a critical understanding of practice education paradigms, an awareness of ethical dilemmas, and consolidated their learning around anti-oppressive practice when working with students and newly qualified social workers (NQSW). 
  • Be able to apply a range of transferable skills including, but not limited to, working independently and within teams, mentoring others, digital literacy, decision making and assessment, report writing, communicating effectively via different media and self-management strategies to self-organise time and workload.

You will be required to work collaboratively and this will provide opportunities for development of intercultural competencies in the diverse student population that we expect to access this course. One of the key course learning objectives is that you develop a global perspective of both the theory and practice and so the development of a critical understanding of global issues will be embedded in specific modules.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

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international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a professional qualification in social work and be registered with the relevant regulator.

All applicants will normally have two years post qualification experience in order to comply with the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards. 

Applicants to the PgC Practice Education will be required to supervise a social work student/learner for modules 7000SW Mentoring, Supervision and Assessment in Practice. 

Accreditation for prior learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning AP(E)L is in accordance with University regulations as set out in paragraph 7b.3.2 and 7b.3.3 of the regulations for taught postgraduate courses.

Applicants must hold a professional qualification in social work and be registered with the relevant regulator.

All applicants will normally have two years post qualification experience in order to comply with the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards. 

Applicants to the PgC Practice Education will be required to supervise a social work student/learner for modules 7000SW Mentoring, Supervision and Assessment in Practice. 

Accreditation for prior learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning AP(E)L is in accordance with University regulations as set out in paragraph 7b.3.2 and 7b.3.3 of the regulations for taught postgraduate courses.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Applicants must hold a professional qualification in social work and be registered with the relevant regulator.

All applicants will normally have two years post qualification experience in order to comply with the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards. 

Applicants to the PgC Practice Education will be required to supervise a social work student/learner for modules 7000SW Mentoring, Supervision and Assessment in Practice. 

Accreditation for prior learning (APL) and Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning AP(E)L is in accordance with University regulations as set out in paragraph 7b.3.2 and 7b.3.3 of the regulations for taught postgraduate courses.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

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Fee


September 2019

£2,333 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

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Fee


September 2019

£2,333 (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

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Fee


September 2019

£4,383 (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

All students on the course will already be in employment as qualified social workers. However, the course embeds enhanced employability through a variety of initiatives such as the further development of transferable skills (e.g., communication and assessment skills, leadership and mentoring skills).

These skills develop the qualities needed for employment in circumstances requiring sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative in complex and unpredictable professional environments.

You will also have access to Careers, and the Employability Support Team and can be supported with writing CVs, job applications, etc. Evidence indicates that students often go on to become supervisors and first line managers of social work teams having completed similar courses.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

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