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Advanced Strengths Based Practice - 20 credits - Module

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This course is an excellent opportunity for qualified social workers to engage in continuous professional development and to explore the key concept of strengths-based practice. It will enable practitioners to review, consolidate and develop their own skills and knowledge in this area....

  • Level CPD
  • Study mode Part Time
  • Location City South
  • School School of Education and Social Work
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences


This course is an excellent opportunity for qualified social workers to engage in continuous professional development and to explore the key concept of strengths-based practice. It will enable practitioners to review, consolidate and develop their own skills and knowledge in this area.

The module is suitable for experienced and/or advanced social work practitioners, and is designed to facilitate learning through reflective practice, sharing and exploring strengths-based approaches and innovations amongst and between diverse settings, whilst engaging with lived experience.  

It will seek to identify and challenge outdated thinking and practice and explores the value of fresh perspectives through enhanced critical reflection, analysis and the development of research mindedness.

This course is not open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

Utilising and developing critical analysis and critical reflection on and within your own professional practice, this module focuses on key principles of strengths-based practice, including relationship-based practice and value-based practice. It will explore the theoretical foundations and evidence for established and emerging practice frameworks, whilst encouraging a critical consideration of both challenges and strengths of its implementation.

This course will allow you to critically reflect on current practice and identify and explore the underpinning theoretical models shaping it.

Furthermore, the module will enable a review of your evolving professional identity and relationships, and reconsider how values may shape your practice. The module is supported by our Experts by Experience, who will be able to explore and contribute their lived experience in this area. The module also aims to facilitate the building of professional networks amongst practitioners from diverse settings and agencies, contributing to a shared approach of strengths-based practice and joint learning.

Lastly, the module seeks to encourage the development of research mindedness to strengthen evidence informed practice, whilst examining professional curiosity in line with professional accountability and responsibility. The module is at level 7.

Why Choose Us?

  • We are an experienced and dedicated team of educators and research active academics with relevant and diverse post qualifying practice experience able to facilitate your learning
  • You will enjoy access to the excellent facilities and learning resources of the department of Social Work based at the University’s City South Campus
  • Our student body reflects the cultural diversity of our superdiverse, cosmopolitan city and is encouraged and supported to actively participate in opportunities to share learning and to understand and celebrate difference. 

Studying with us during the Covid-19 pandemic

The University has put in place measures in response to Covid-19 to allow us to safely deliver our courses. Should the impact of the pandemic continue in future years, any additional or alternative arrangements put in place by the University will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

Fees & How to Apply

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  • UK Student
  • International Student

UK students

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year of study. The University reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study in line with increases in inflation (capped at 5%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament. View fees for continuing students.

Award: Module

Starting: May 2023

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 12 weeks
  • £756 per 20 credit module

International students

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Course in Depth

How you learn

You will engage in 25 hours of scheduled blended teaching, both face to face and online. In addition, you are expected to complete 175 hours of directed learning and independent study.


At the end of the module, you will submit a 4000 word portfolio meeting all four learning outcomes at level 7.

Facilities & Staff

Our facilities

Our School of Education and Social Work is based at our City South campus in leafy Edgbaston.

We’ve spent £41million expanding the education facilities at City South. These facilities offer hands-on practical experience, replicating the spaces you will come across in professional practice. Alongside classrooms and lecture theatres, we also have a range of specialist teaching and learning spaces for specific subjects including science, design and technology, drama and physical education.

As well as subject-specific rooms, our facilities include the Primary Innovation Lab, which houses £24,000 worth of LEGO. This room is a special resource for our education students, offering an innovative and creative way to approach subjects across the curriculum – from computing to English, mathematics to art. The lab responds to research that children and young people learn best from practical experience.

Our Social Work students have access to a home environment room and mock hospital wards which offer an opportunity to gain experience of working with service users in different situations.

Computer facilities

The Seacole building has two open-access IT Suites which offer PCs, printers, photocopiers and scanners. There is also an IT Helpdesk for quick and easy help with your computing or internet issues.

Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

In addition to desktop PCs, we also offer a laptop loan facility, allowing students to borrow a laptop for up to six hours while on campus.

Our staff

Jessica Wagner

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

After qualifying from the University of Wales in 2003, Jessica has spent the majority of her professional experience within statutory children’s services, where she held posts both as a practitioner and manager in safeguarding teams. This allowed her to gain experience of working in child protection and child in need services and through the...

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Dr Colin Watt

Senior Lecturer

Colin is a registered Social Worker and a lecturer with extensive experience of operational and strategic management in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. He has contributed to local, regional and national networks with statutory responsibilities to implement, monitor and review government policy and legislation including Local Safeguarding...

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Course Leader: Liz Bullock

Tel: +44 (0)121 331 4399

Admissions Office

Tel: +44 (0)121 331 5000