The Postgraduate Certificate in Adult Support, Protection and Safeguarding is a part-time distance learning course intended for people working in supervisory or professional positions in services for older people and adults with learning disabilities or mental health problems.
Postgraduate; leading to a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)
One year part time
The School will accept one of the following as appropriate entry qualifications:
If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Adult Support, Protection and Safeguarding is a part-time distance learning course run by the School of Psychology and Neuroscience. The programme is intended to be studied within one calendar year from October to September.
The course is delivered via online modules through the University of St Andrews' online electronic platform. Students will have access to research publications, electronic databases and the University's library resources. Full telephone and email support will be provided by the course director.
Over the course of the year, students will take six compulsory modules. Typically, each module is completed within two months and requires 100 hours of total study time, including completion of assessments. Module teaching materials are delivered online where students will have access to additional reference materials.
Students complete assessments online. Assessment methods include multiple choice questions, short answer assignments, reference searches and analysis of published research. Students will also complete a structured analysis of a given case study. There is no final exam for the course.
University tutors are available for support via email and telephone.
Each module typically comprises:
For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue.
Modules are completed in the following order:
The modules listed ran in the academic year 2015-2016 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2016 entry.
Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.
The School of Psychology and Neuroscience offers distance learning courses at the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc levels in Adults with Learning Disabilities who have Significant and Complex Needs.
Graduates from the programme entered or continued their work in a variety of occupations, including:
The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.
Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our Admissions policy.
As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).
The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online. (PDF, 84 KB).