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Advanced Community Justice PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Community Work Law / Legal Studies Crime Prevention

Course type


Course Summary

This award develops a pathway specific for practitioners working in the area of community justice and provides an opportunity for them to work towards a specified qualification at postgraduate level. The course will be of interest to professionals within the community justice sector, including Probation Officers, Youth Justice Workers, Workers in Drug and Alcohol Agencies, Crime Prevention Officers, Victims of Crime Support Workers, members of police and prison services and other related fields. The course will enhance the opportunity for practitioners to develop and research specialist areas and to equip themselves for management or strategic management roles.

The course will:

  • Enable students to critically reflect on and review their professional development to facilitate enhanced performance and service delivery in the area of community justice
  • Provide learning opportunities for students to critically reflect on complex challenges, current issues and evidence-based practice in the area of community justice
  • Develop and enhance students’ capacity for critically evaluating advanced theoretical knowledge, law and policy in relation to community justice
  • Provide learning opportunities for students to develop and to enhance decision-making skills in complex situations in community justice
  • Develop the student’s understanding of methods of assessment and intervention within the context of community justice
  • Enable students to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level.


A range of assessment methods will include essays, presentations, case studies, practice observation, reflective writing, practice portfolios, and personal development files.


Students who are enrolled with the School of Social Work, Care and Community may be eligible for international travel opportunities relevant to their study.

Progression Routes

On successful completion of this award students can progress to PGDip/MA awards as part of their CPD.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date



SW4725 Responding to Contemporary Issues in Community Justice (20 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Fees 2020/21: Part-time: £880 per 20 credits (UK/EU).

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Please contact university and ask about this fee

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need a first degree at 2.2 or above in a relevant subject, but non-standard entrants with suitable experience in social care and evidence of recent study will be considered.

University information

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a leading modern university based in the centre of Preston. Offering innovation, world-leading research and real-world practicality to inspire their students, the University provides a high-quality experience. The University offers over 200 postgraduate courses – both taught and research – in a range of subjects. What's more, UCLan is ranked in the top 3.7% of universities in the world, while 16...more

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