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Researching Social Care PGCert

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Caring Skills Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

This part-time online course will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills you need to undertake research in social work, social care and social policy.

This programme is only available as an online distance learning course, which provides high quality learning and teaching combined with flexible study.

We’ve designed this course so that it’s entirely delivered online through interactive teaching and learning. You’ll develop the skills you need to become a competent independent researcher whose work will lead to advancements in policy and practice.

It will enable you to meet the standards set out in Vitae’s internationally recognised Research Development Framework, which outlines the skills you need to undertake research to a professional standard while complying with the requirements of UK social research governing bodies.

We’ll provide you with a overview of the key issues and debates associated with the production, application and evaluation of research in social care practice. You’ll develop critical thinking skills and the ability to apply them in complex situations.

Future careers

By the end of this course you’ll have developed the skills, knowledge and techniques you need to undertake research projects within a social care environment.

You’ll be capable of producing independent research to a professional standard which contributes to advancements in policy and practice across the fields of social work, social care and social policy.


The module aims to aid development skills for conducting and managing social research projects. Engage with ethical issues related to the design of research projects and relate these to a range of different research methods

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

£867 per 20 credits

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold at least 2:2 degree in related subject. Prior experience of being involved in a research project and or a written commitment to have the capacity to undertake one.

University information

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is an international, multi-campus university leading the way in contemporary postgraduate learning. A modern institution with nearly two centuries of educational heritage, UCLan was established in 1992 but can trace its roots all the way back to 1828. There are currently around 200 postgraduate courses on offer, designed to equip students with industry-ready skills and prepare them to excel in the...more