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Postgraduate Diploma Childcare Practice

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This is a post-qualifying course in Childcare Practice for qualified social workers and other child care professionals with related qualifications.
Exact location to be confirm. (Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom)

Childcare Practice
This course gives social workers and other childcare professionals the opportunity to gain a specialist qualification, as part of the continuing professional development programme as guided by the College of Social Work and the Health and Care Professions Council.

The whole course is worth 120 academic credits. On completion, participants will gain the Specialist Award in Post Qualifying Childcare Practice (professional award) and either the BA (Hons) in Childcare Practice or the Postgraduate Diploma in Childcare Practice, depending on academic level of entry.

This is both an academic and a professional course. Students are expected to undertake assessed practice, which usually takes place in their own workplace.

Individual modules are also available to be taken as part of continuing professional development.


The modules included in this qualification are:

  • Module One: Consolidation (this may be taken as a stand alone module)
  • Module Two: Evidence Informed Professional Practice
  • Module Three: Child Development for Social Work Practice
  • Module Four: Social Policy and Law in Multi Professional Practice
  • Module Five: Families and Carers in Social and Environmental Contexts
  • Module Six: Practice Educator One

The first module, Consolidation, is taken as a stand-alone module delivered in partner agencies.

Nottingham Trent University offers a consolidation module for qualified child care social workers not directly employed by a local authority, for example social workers in the voluntary and independent sector and agency workers. The course will be taught in Nottingham city centre. For start dates please contact us.

The module follows on from the Newly Qualified Social Worker programme, but is also suitable if you qualified before the NQSW was introduced. You can then go on to complete the rest of the award. Successful completion of these modules will lead to the award of BA (Hons) Childcare Practice or the Postgraduate Diploma Childcare Practice, depending on the entry level.

15 months part-time

Assessment of the Consolidation module is by a written assignment and practice element. Assessment of the remaining five modules is carried out via:

  • written assignments
  • presentations
  • case analysis
  • demonstration of competency in practice and an exam.

How do you study?
The course is part-time, one day a week over a calendar year. Applicants can apply for either the BA (Hons) or Postgraduate Diploma in Childcare Practice depending on their previous level of qualification.

Professional development
This is both an academic and a professional course. Students are expected to undertake assessed practice, which usually takes place in their own work-place.

Course Cost
Please contact us for further information regarding fees.

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