Short courses
Social Work

Contemporary Social Work Practice

University Certificate in Professional Development

This award enables students in professional social work practice or students who are working in a social work setting to develop their competence in contemporary practice across a range of social work professional standards.

Course information

Part-time

  • 6 months

More part-time details

  • Credits: 20, Level: Degree
  • Enrolment date: Various, please contact the School
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £750

Contact details

Further information

The award extends and consolidates your learning and practice from Professional Capability Level at ASYE Level to Social Worker Level. It is offered in partnership with local agencies some of whom use the qualification as a means of career progression and is therefore relevant to their needs and the needs of local service users. The award explores key aspects of contemporary social work, focusing in particular on requirements of the relevant professional standards. Attendance at the University is required for six days taught over a period of three months.

The course is delivered at Teesside University Darlington.

The award explores key aspects of contemporary social work, focusing in particular on requirements of the relevant professional standards.

How you learn

The award involves a series of key lectures which centre on issues impacting upon contemporary practice, developing reflective practice through critical enquiry and analysis of the frameworks of understanding which impact on social work practice. This is accompanied by a further series of lectures concerning key questions in social work interventions, including partnership, assessment methods and models, legal and policy developments, models of inter-professional and inter-agency work and the concept of risk. Theory is taken as representing both formal and informal ideas and beliefs which impact on practice, and therefore a consideration of values and ethical frameworks are also vital to understanding practice.

How you are assessed

Assessment includes a 4,000-word essay which explores an area of professional practice submitted eight weeks after teaching concludes.

Career opportunities

This will vary according to the place of employment.

Entry requirements

You must be a registered social worker or experienced practitioner holding an alternative professional qualification working in a social work setting when supported by an employer.

Health conditions requiring adjustments

For this particular course, you may need to undertake an occupational health or work-based risk assessment check. If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism spectrum condition, sensory impairment or medical condition that may require reasonable adjustments during an external placement, in the university or in a clinical practice area, this must be declared as part of the enrolment process. If you are unsure you can contact the relevant admissions or course tutor for guidance.

Course information

Part-time

  • 6 months

More part-time details

  • Credits: 20, Level: Degree
  • Enrolment date: Various, please contact the School
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £750

Contact details

Further information