The programme is designed to provide candidates with systematic understanding, knowledge and skills relating to all the core functional areas of management and leadership practice and the development of advanced level professional capability. The modules focus on different aspects of management practice. However, each module also connects with all the other modules in reflecting the key management functions - those of management of self and personal skills, provision of supervision, change facilitation work with people, use of resources and the achievement of results. The programme is available to staff from varied disciplines and professional settings, particularly those from Social Work and Social Care, Health, Youth and Community Justice.
Candidates may complete three modules of their own choice in order to receive either a Graduate or Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management for Social Work or Social Care.
It is a particular feature of this programme that any module can be undertaken on a stand-alone basis, to reflect the needs of a particular leadership role or organisational purpose.
Candidates for the PG Diploma award undertake six modules out of a choice of seven modules. The resulting six-module sequence will form a 120 Credit Graduate Diploma or Postgraduate (M level) Diploma in Leadership and Management for Social Work or Social Care. For those completing the Postgraduate Diploma, there is the option to continue to the Masters Award in Advanced Practice (a further 60 credits) through the completion of a 10,000 word dissertation on a topic that reflects the candidate's area of interest.
The design of the programme is informed by the Professional Capability framework for Social Work and will support the development of those capabilities at the Advanced Level and above. Candidates will be able to use assignments to demonstrate the application of their learning to their work setting for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and for HCPC re-registration.
Deoranie Soroya, I completed the Higher Diploma in Leadership and Management which is a two year modular course. Undertaking this programme has been an enjoyable learning journey from me. I initially completed the first year as part of Professional Development through my employer. I decided to undertake the second year due to the relevance of the course content in promoting my practice in Social Work. I chose Birmingham due to the support from the teaching staff, opportunity to network with professionals from other Social Care backgrounds, and the commitment of the tutors in promoting better outcomes for users of Social Care services. I have been challenged in my thinking and practice and this has helped me in making decisions about my future career. I would recommend this course to anyone who is committed to evaluating their practice and developing new ways of thinking about the service they provide."
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