Certificate in Management and Leadership in Social Services

The Postgraduate Certificate in Management and Leadership in Social Services is a flexible programme of study. Students may opt for a single module or study for the full Certificate. The award is recognised by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as an appropriate qualification for registered managers.

The Certificate is appropriate for frontline managers and supervisors working in diverse roles and specialisms. Participants on the course may come from a health, social work, education, occupational therapy or housing background and may be working in residential, day services or fieldwork settings.

Study method: Campus based

  • Start date 6th September
  • Days on campus 16
  • Credit value SCQF 10 60
  • Fees £2,100


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The modules involve direct teaching days which include group discussions and activities; structured learning sessions for independent study and action learning sets. There are extensive online learning materials to complement the teaching sessions and to support collaborative learning. Students complete a reflective practice-based assignment at the end of each module.

Structure and Content

Leadership and Management

The Leadership and Management module is for managers in Scotland’s social services keen to pursue their professional development and to develop the capabilities required to be an enabling leader and an effective manager.

This module provides an introduction to leadership and management theory in the social services context and addresses the issue of balancing competing operational and strategic priorities.

The module provides 40 credits towards Certificate, Diploma or Masters in Applied Professional Studies.

Professional Supervision

This module provides knowledge and skills to assist first-line managers, supervisors and mentors in their pivotal role in ensuring effective practice. The module addresses the complex array of organisational and human issues that need to be balanced when supervising and
managing front-line staff.

The module is relevant for professionals involved in supervising staff within health and social services organisations and is appropriate for supervisors working in statutory, independent and third sector settings.

The module provides 20 credits towards Certificate, Diploma or Masters in Applied Professional Studies.

Module Co-ordinator(s)

Frances Patterson

01786 466305

Our Staff

The modules are designed and led by experienced and knowledgeable tutors. These tutors are grounded in practice and skilled in facilitating critical reflection on the nature and challenges of management and leadership. You will have access to a personal tutor who will be your key point of contact and will support you to integrate the latest research and theory into your ongoing development as a social services manager.

Application Procedure

Applied Professional Studies UG Application Form and return by email to cpdsocialwork@stir.ac.uk


Taking the learning further

This Certificate is now part of the newly University approved MSc. in Applied Professional Studies. This means those who complete the Certificate (at level 11) will be now be able to progress onto a Diploma and then an MSc. It is possible for those who studied at level ten to undertake a portfolio (at level 11) if they wish to progress onto the Diploma.

Diploma (one year)

Students can choose from a range of modules within the MSc framework in their second year of study, allowing them to build credit and relevant study towards a Diploma in Applied Professional Studies.

MSc Applied Professional Studies (normally six months)

Students will receive online and seminar teaching on research methods. They will be allocated a supervisor to support them to undertake an empirical study on a topic of the student’s choosing and to submit a 15,000 word dissertation.

Industry connections

Social Work CPD staff have researched and published widely in the area of adult support and protection, child welfare and protection, management, leadership and supervision in social services. University of Stirling Social Work CPD has an established reputation for post-qualifying awards in Adult Services, Support and Protection, Child Welfare and Protection and Management and Leadership in Social Services. Courses are flexible and responsive to the needs of professional staff working in demanding roles within frontline practice and management. We have strong links with employers across the public, voluntary and independent sectors in health and social services.

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