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PgCert Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders

Academic Year 2021/22

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

PgCert Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Postgraduate Certificate

Programme Code

SWK-PC-SU

UCAS Code

HECoS Code

100993

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Part Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

60

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Quality Code
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/higher-education-credit-framework-for-england

Level 7

Subject Benchmark Statements
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/qualifications-frameworks.pdf

Counselling and psychotherapy (2013)

Accreditations (PSRB)

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

None

Programme Specific Regulations

None

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The central aim of this programme is to provide a Certificate in Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders with a facilitating framework for the continuing professional development professionals from a range of disciplines including social work, nursing, psychology and allied health and social care professions.
To Promote the improvement of standards of service and care received by the consumers of personal, health and social services in statutory and community based sttings
To advance academic knowledge, through the fostering of staff development, professional competence and academic achievement.
In addition, the aim of the programme is to provide students with an opportunity to gain a postgraduate certificate, and to achieve professional awards for social workers (specialist award and/or strategy and leadership award).
The programme will also include opportunities to achieve professional qualifications for Nursing candidates subject to accreditation by the NMC.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Develop the range of knowledge and skills associated with competence in working with substance use and substance use disorders,

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching and learning methods to achieve Cognitive Skills are commensurate with adult learning theory and entail formal lecturing, student led learning, online interaction, seminars, workshops.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment methods include continuous assessment through essays, seminar papers, video role plays and reflective logs.

Enhance relevant decision-making skills and have achieved sufficient levels of professional responsibility and accountability.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching and learning methods to achieve Cognitive Skills are commensurate with adult learning theory and entail formal lecturing, student led learning, online interaction, seminars, workshops.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment methods include continuous assessment through essays, seminar papers, video role plays and reflective logs.

Develop adequate levels of reflective analysis in relation to generic and specific areas of substance use practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching and learning methods to achieve Cognitive Skills are commensurate with adult learning theory and entail formal lecturing, student led learning, online interaction, seminars, workshops

Methods of Assessment

Assessment methods include continuous assessment through essays, seminar papers, video role plays and reflective logs

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Use transferable skills achieved via the programme, including written and verbal communication skills, problem solving, teamwork, autonomy, use of online tools, critical thinking personal reflection, researching and apprising literature, writing at Masters level, debating and listening, and enhancing professional confidence and competence.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching and learning methods to achieve Transferable Skills are commensurate with adult learning theory and entail formal lecturing, student led learning, online interaction, seminars, workshops

Methods of Assessment

Assessment methods include continuous assessment through essays, seminar papers, video role plays and reflective logs.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate a systematic understanding of their own practice and a critical awareness of current issues and challenges in the sector, together with an awareness of professional ethics and the principles of diversity, equality and social inclusion in the area of substance use.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching and learning methods to achieve Knowledge and Understanding are commensurate with adult learning theory and entail formal lecturing, student led learning, online interaction, seminars, workshops.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment methods include continuous assessment through written assignments, online assessments and reflective logs.

Use evaluation to systematically develop and improve their specific learning and practice, including implementing effective practice in inter-professional and inter-agency contexts;

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Teaching and learning methods to achieve Knowledge and Understanding are commensurate with adult learning theory and entail formal lecturing, student led learning, online interaction, seminars, workshops

Methods of Assessment

Assessment methods include continuous assessment through written assignments, online assessments and reflective logs.

Take responsibility for continuing professional development making use of professional and managerial supervision, consultation and other professional support as appropriate to identify and address issues; develop, implement and evaluate plans; and continue to advance knowledge and understanding in order to improve practice

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

eaching and learning methods to achieve Knowledge and Understanding are commensurate with adult learning theory and entail formal lecturing, student led learning, online interaction, seminars, workshops

Methods of Assessment

Assessment methods include continuous assessment through written ,assignments, online assessments and reflective logs.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of substance use, the typology of definitions and their relevance to current practice in a range of settings.

Indicate awareness and understanding of the range of legal and illegal substances used by services users. They will also comprehend the interaction between alcohol, prescribed medications and use of non-prescribed medication.

Communicate understanding of the legislative and policy context for work with substance use in Northern Ireland and the UK and express knowledge of a range of theories which will inform and illuminate their current practice.

Demonstrate knowledge of the complexity of the issues relevant to multi-disciplinary working within substance misuse service provision and indicate understanding of partnership working at inter disciplinary and multi-disciplinary levels.

Critically analyse the evidence to best support practice.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Subject-specific skills will be taught in class methods described above.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment methods include assignments, written reflective pieces, online assessments and written analysis of casework

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Substance Use Disorders and Co-Morbid Mental Health Disorders

SWK7011

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Substance Use Disorders: Prevalence, Legislation and Theoretical Concepts

SWK7010

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

International Contexts : Substance Use and Substance Use Disorders

SWK7012

7

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Notes