Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University

Children and Family Studies

The Centre for Post Qualifying Social Work offers a portfolio of courses designed to raise standards in social work practice and help social workers demonstrate their competence to work within complex situations. The Children and Family Studies course is Stage 2 of the revised Post Qualifying Social Work framework and is the specialist award for Child Care Social Workers. The award is designed for qualified child care social workers from statutory, voluntary and private agencies working in all settings. You will have already gained 40 level H credits via the Consolidation and Preparation for Specialist Practice unit (formerly PQ1). This course will enable you to: Build on your social work knowledge and experience, developing your competence as a child care practitioner; gain further knowledge and skills needed to undertake the role of a child care practitioner; develop your skills of reflective understanding and critical analysis; use your knowledge, skills and experience to assist the development of others.

Entry requirements

A GSCC approved qualification in social work at degree level; and PQ1 or the consolidation unit in child care practice.

Course modules

All years: Child development with evidence-based practice; the child in context (ecological factors); legislation and the professional task for child care practitioners; evidencing professional and/or management learning; practice observation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Graduate Diploma Part-time £ 3,050 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
Graduate Diploma Part-time £ 3,050 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lansdowne Campus Bournemouth BH1 3JJ South West

Key information

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01202 961916