The Contextual Framework for Practice 30 credits at SCQF Level 7

The Contextual Framework for Practice

1. Overview

This module provides students with knowledge and understanding of the contextual framework for practice within a range of settings.

A significant number of potential students don’t have the right level of entry qualifications to embark on a higher education degree course and this module is one of four distance learning modules which will allow applicants to top up their academic credits. The modules are independent of one another and applicants can select the module that best meets the gap in their learning.

This stand-alone module will be relevant to workers with gaps in knowledge in a particular area or those with a more general interest in developing their knowledge. This module focuses on the legal and policy structures and processes underpinning work with people in settings including; community work, social care, education, and health.

2. What you will study

This stand-alone on-line distance learning module is credit rated for 30 credits at SCQF 7. This module includes a minimum of a workbook, supporting podcasts and on line support from the module co-ordinator each week. Students have 8 weeks of teaching input and four weeks to develop their assignment.

3. How you will learn

The law and policy context covered in the workbooks relates to the Scottish context therefore students coming from outwith Scotland will require further support.

Throughout the module the online materials and individual study will allow students to address the four learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of Law and Social Policy.
  2. Describe what Social Policy is and how it is developed.
  3. Understand the links between Social Policy and Legislation.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the regulatory framework for practice.

4. Entry Requirements

Two passes at higher or above or SVQ111 or equivalent. Applicants should either be in employment or have recent relevant experience of working to support individuals.

5. Student Funding


The fee for this module is £800

6. How to apply

For further information or to submit an application form please contact the course leader: 

Mike Shepherd

Telephone: 01224 263375

7. Prospects

In order to apply for degree level courses applicants require 120 credits at level 7. Completion of this module will provide students with 30 credits and completion of all four modules 120 credits which makes students eligible for application to a range of degrees such as social work, social pedagogy, social science, nursing and community work.

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30 credits at SCQF Level 7

Start Date

February 2018

Mode of Attendance

Distance Learning

Academic School
School of Applied Social Studies
More Information:
Mike Shepherd Lecturer
01224 263375