This programme provides advanced, specialised training and knowledge in the field of social care.
Aim of Programme
The social care profession is dedicated to protecting and assisting the most vulnerable in our society. Social Care workers are on the front line in attempting to address pertinent social issues like: child abuse and protection, domestic violence, mental health, promoting equality of opportunity for those with special needs; as well as the rights and social inclusion of the marginalised in our society. Such a profession requires highly competent, confident and qualified persons with specialised training and knowledge of national and international best practice.
The future of social care focuses on promoting high standards of: professional conduct, education, training and competence as outlined by CORU. In line with this, educational bodies will deliver qualifications that prepare professionals ensuring that social care workers keep their professional knowledge and skills up to date through the pedagogies of Continued Professional Education (CPE). The MA/PgD. in Advanced Social Care Practice is designed to support professionals in extending their knowledge and skills to a higher level, including unique and emerging techniques linked to evidence-based practice. It will encourage social care workers to keep themselves well-informed on current policy, strategy and quality considerations that impact on their work.
This innovative programme has been designed after extensive consultation with relevant stakeholders to identify the current needs of the sector. Furthermore, each future module will be created following annual consultation with the social care sector i.e. social care workers, agencies, and organisations.
Any learner who enrols will have three potential avenues open to them as follows:
• Master of Arts in Advanced Social Care Practice: Completion of designed modules worth 40 credits in addition to the flolowing two modules, a "Research Methods" module and a "Dissertation".
• Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Social Care Practice: Completion of six (10 credit) designed modules of choice over time.
• Minor Award (Level 9) associated with the Master of Arts in Advance Social Care Practice: Completion of one designed module.
New modules will be introduced in response to key developments in the area of social care. This innovative process is designed to respond to the sector's education needs in a flexible, timely and appropriate manner. It is demand driven and content will evolve along with the sector and the changing environment.