Postgraduate PgCert

Family Group Conferences

School of Health and Society




One year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

This distance learning course is unique because it delivered in a partnership between the University of Salford and the UK’s leading authority on Family Group Conference, the Family Rights Group. The Family Rights Group introduced Family Group Conferences into the UK and have 26 years practice in this area. You will be taught by academics and practitioners who are experienced in the practice of Family Group Conferences. The academic members of staff have written about and researched the use of FGCs in social care.

This is the only postgraduate programme on Family Group Conferences in England and Wales.

You will:

  • Develop a critical understanding of FGC research, theory and practice
  • Work with experienced FGC practitioners and leading academics
  • Gain a professional qualification in a growth area of social care practice

This is for you if...


You are looking for flexible learning to fit around you


You are looking to build upon your existing knowledge and expertise


You wish to gain a professional and academic qualification

Course details

All about the course

This course consists of two modules of 30 credits at Level 7.

You will have a unique experience at Salford University and an opportunity to develop a critical understanding of Family Group Conference research, theory and practice. This course is via distance learning and combines learning in your workplace with online lectures and tutorials. You will have the opportunity to work with experienced Family Group Conference practitioners as well as leading academics.

You will gain a professional qualification in a growth area of social care practice.


An Introduction to FGC Practice

This module gives you the opportunity to:

1) Develop a conceptual understanding of FGC practice.

2) Critically apply social work ethical principles and HCPC values to guide your professional practice. 

3) Critically evaluate current research and theory in FGC practice.

Developing a Critical Understanding of FGCs

This module give you the opportunity to:

1) Critically examine your own practice.

2) Demonstrate your professional capability in direct work with users of social care services.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


The course is online distance learning.  You will be able to access online lectures at a time of your choosing. You also have access to tutor support as negotiated with your tutor.

You are taught through online lectures and tutorials. Each module consists of 10 hours of lectures and 6 hours of tutorials. The majority of your learning will take place in your work setting.

Independent learning

When not involved in lectures and tutorials you will continue learning independently through self-study. We advise you should take around xx hours of independent study per week. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library and preparing coursework assignments. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the learning zone, and our engineering and computer laboratories.


The evaluation takes the form of formative and summative assessments. Formative assessments enable students to gauge their learning and development during the course of each module and to prepare them for summative assessment. Formative assessments include peer and tutor review and feedback on development of written work both in class and electronically online. The learning is experientially driven and enquiry-led, with opportunities to review the assimilation of knowledge, critical skills and supervision skills.

Summative assessment strategies include:

  • A written essay addressing issues of theory and practice
  • A portfolio reflecting on supervision practice
  • Supervision skills assessment

The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real-world impact.

We live in a rapidly changing world, and we’re keen to leave a productive legacy of helping people at all stages of their lives, improving their physical, psychological and social wellbeing.

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What about after uni?

This course will consolidate your existing practice knowledge and experience and will enable you to develop and further your career in Family Group Conference practice. You may choose to pursue further postgraduate study. 

Career Links

This course is a collaborative partnership with the Family Rights Group, the leading authority in Family Group Conference Practice in the UK.


What you need to know


This course is suitable for practicing Family Group Conference Coordinators who wish to gain an academic and professional qualification to consolidate and build upon their existing knowledge and expertise. Applicants must have have undertaken a three day Family Group Conference Coordinator Training course and be practicing as a Family Group Conference Coordinator.

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements


Maths and English, ideally grade C/4 or above or equivalent. 


Undergraduate degree

Degree grade 2:2 or above. 

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2024/25 £2,970.00per year
Full-time international 2024/25 £5,460.00per year

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Enrolment dates

September 2024

September 2025