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Post-qualifying short courses - Social Work

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Our range of fully validated short courses with credit support offer continuous professional development (CPD) and can be completed as stand-alone courses or combined with specialist pathways to achieve named awards.

Practice Educator Stage 1, Practice Educator Stage 2, BIA DOLS and Consolidating Social Work Practice (with ASYE) are all accredited level-7 short courses with 30 credits. These short courses and postgraduate awards are linked to the professional requirements for social workers to evidence CPD as part of their continued registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and to locate themselves within the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) of the College of Social Work.

Studying these courses offers you the opportunity to update your skills in practice interventions and deepen your knowledge base about current research and policy in contemporary practice. You can apply for accredited prior learning through UEL’s AEL system to progress towards achieving postgraduate awards.

Post-Qualifying short courses may serve as building blocks for the following named awards:

PG Diploma Social Work with Adults (120 credits)*
Three of any of the above short courses plus the specialist module; Social Work with Adults. Achieving this award allows the practitioner to situate themselves at the experienced social worker level on the PCF.

PG Diploma Social Work with Children and Families (120 credits)*
Three of any of the above short courses plus the specialist module; Social Work with Children and Families. Achieving this award allows the practitioner to situate themselves at the experienced social worker level on the PCF.

MA Post-Qualifying Professional Practice (180 credits)*
This Master’s award combines a Professional Practice Innovation Project (60 credits) with any PQ modules that total 120 credits. Those eligible to achieve the Master’s award will include social workers and allied professionals such as nurses, occupational therapists and psychologists.

Enquiries about UEL M-level PQ courses and programmes should be sent to Karen Adshead k.adshead@uel.ac.uk

Why study post-qualifying short courses at UEL?

  • Diverse learning - Set in the heart of this thriving diverse and multicultural community, we provide many opportunities to apply your learning to real-life projects and study off-campus to broaden your skills and experience.
  • Experienced teaching staff - You will benefit from our team’s direct experience in the social work field. Every staff team member is a qualified social worker and has had social work jobs in their specialised field. Each will bring something different to your learning experience.
  • Gain credit towards named awards - These include PG Diploma Social Work with Adults (120 credits), PG Diploma Social Work with Children and Families (120 credits) and MA Post-Qualifying Professional Practice (180 credits).

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