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Advocacy (CertHE)

Advocacy empowers individuals to act independently, to champion rights, to become the voice of the community and to promote an inclusive society as part of their professional occupation or as an engaged, proactive citizen.

Employers and the service sector all recognise the importance of employing professionals who understand the complexity of modern social processes and policies, and who appreciate the breadth and variety of different value positions and different social, cultural and economic backgrounds. Moreover, with the introduction of the Social Services and Well-being Act (Wales) 2014, there is a statutory requirement to hear the voice of service users through the use of advocates.

The Certificate in Higher Education in Advocacy has been designed as a springboard for students wishing to enter professions working in diverse fields, for example, community education, education, health and/or social care, the Police services, the Probation Service, social enterprise, teaching, trade union representation, voluntary organisations and youth support.

This course has been suspended for the academic year 2023 to 2024.


Applicants to full-time courses can apply through UCAS.

Applicants to distance-learning courses can apply through the University.

Applicants to part-time courses can apply through the University.

This course has been suspended for the academic year 2023 to 2024. You may be interested in the following alternative courses:

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Contact Email: ken.dicks@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Ken Dicks

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. All content is co-constructed with professional advocates in Wales from a wide practitioner base, which aligns with Welsh Government directives.
  2. Students are taught by Research-active staff, who also engage in theory and practice in the sector, alongside visiting speakers from a wide set of organisations.
  3. Guest lecturers embedded in practice.
  4. Has a clear focus on the future employability of students.
  5. Opportunities to explore theory and policy in practice.

What you will learn

Course Overview

The course will be delivered through a mix of online delivery, face to face theory and practical sessions. This will be delivered over three days per week in a blended learning format. Theory and practical sessions will be at UWTSD’s new Carmarthen campus.

The programme team will work with students and professional partners to provide opportunities for students to gain work experience within a real industrial environment or within the university.

Module Topics

Year One - Level 4 (Cert HE, Dip HE & BA)

  • Advocacy Services in the 21st Century (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Agency, Empowerment and Anti-Oppressive Practice (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Multi-Agency Working: Policy in Practice (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Understanding Society: An Introduction to Sociological Theory (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Who are We: Culture and Identity (20 credits; compulsory).

No exams in this programme.

Assessment is by written assignments, seminar presentations, reports, reflective diaries, leaflets and video documentaries; these assessment methods link with the development of employability skills.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

Key Information

Entry Criteria

We are interested in people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals with varying levels of prior experience or qualifications.

Additional Costs

There are expected to be no additional costs for this course.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.


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