Social Welfare Advice and Guidance

CertHE, 16 months, part-time

This is for you if… you work in, or want to work in, advice work or social welfare.

Course Description

On this part-time course you will gain a basic knowledge of the English legal system and social security law and a broad understanding of contemporary issues in law as they relate to advice work.

You will have a chance to apply the taught elements of the course through a supervised placement in a professional advice/guidance organisation.

A Certificate of Higher Education may be suitable for people who have no prior academic qualifications. It is equivalent to the first year of a degree.

Key Facts
Start date
January and September each year
Lifelong Learning
+44 (0)116 252 5962
Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning
128 Regent Road
Leicester LE1 7PA

Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning website

Why Leicester?

Course Structure



  • Information, Advice and Guidance
  • Social Security Law
  • Advice and Interviewing Skills
  • Social Welfare Law 1 (Family and Debt)
  • The English Legal System
  • Social Welfare Law 2 (Immigration, Housing and Employment)

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Teaching and Assessment

You will attend classes one day a week. Most of your classes will be taught at the Highfields Centre, although on occasion some classes may be taught on the University of Leicester main campus. You will also undertake a 30-hour voluntary placement during the course in order to gain practical experience in a social welfare or advice role.

You will be taught by experienced professional practitioners in lectures and seminars. You will develop skills, knowledge and understanding through tutorials and small group work.

You will be assessed through a combination of written assessments, exams, presentations, a placement diary and a report on an aspect of advice work. As part of the course there are trips to the Magistrates Court and the Tribunals Service.


Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for this course are flexible and work experience will be taken into account.

Applications will be considered from people with an interest in, and experience of, related occupations but who do not possess formal qualifications.  Good spoken and written English is essential.  All applicants will be required to attend for an assessment and interview.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Fees and Funding

Career Opportunities

This course is designed to provide you with a thorough grounding and appropriate training for paid and voluntary advice and guidance roles. It is also suitable foryou you if you are interested or involved in providing advice and guidance on social welfare matters. A very diverse range of employment options will be available to you, some of these include the Careers Service, Citizens Advice Bureau, Charities, Colleges, Local Authorities and Cultural and Community Centres.


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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Social Welfare, Advice and Guidance CertHE 16 months, part-time January and September each year Apply Now
Social Welfare, Advice and Guidance
16 months, part-time
Start Dates
January and September each year