This course is 'Subject to Approval' and has not yet completed the University’s approvals process. Whilst we are confident that the course will be approved, there is the possibility that the course may not run or may be subject to alterations. This course is due to be validated by May 2023 after which we will write to all applicants who have applied for the course to let them know the outcome and of any changes. In the event that a course is not approved the University will make reasonable efforts to offer an alternative course at the University.

AdvDip(CPD) Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

If you're a professional working with vulnerable adults, this stand-alone course is designed to quickly provide you with the knowledge you need to identify and fulfil your safeguarding responsibilities effectively.

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

Key information



Mode of Study:



14 weeks


University of Bolton

Start date:


Course Details

This Level 6 Advanced Diploma of CPD in Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults is ideal for professionals working with vulnerable adults, particularly those working in the community, health and social care settings and the independent or voluntary sectors. The University of Bolton's dedicated lecturers will guide you as you explore the concepts and strategies of safeguarding and protecting vulnerable adults in a variety of settings and contexts.

Covering topics such as the signs and explanations of abuse, including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse and domestic abuse, we'll support you in developing an up-to-date, in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of safeguarding, abuse as a public health issue and best anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice. We'll discuss how to identify and analyse indications and signs of abuse, the ethical issues related to safeguarding and support you to think about how to recognise and respond to abuse. As well as exploring current policy and legal considerations, we'll encourage you to focus on the importance of inter-professional working and the multi-agency approach.

Overall, we aim to help you contribute toward the effective safeguarding of vulnerable adults in your professional arena and provide a sound platform on which you can continue to develop your knowledge of protecting vulnerable adults in the future.

  • Our dedicated academic team has a wealth of experience working in health and social care settings. They are engaged in relevant research, bringing their expertise and passion for service excellence to their teaching.
  • The course is designed to provide the flexibility to fit in with busy home and working lives.
  • As you study this course, we'll encourage you to develop the skills, values and behaviours so popular with employers. These include action planning, personal impact and confidence, self-awareness, social and ethical responsibility, respect, and commitment to quality.
  • Upon successfully completing this course, you'll be awarded an Advanced Diploma of Continuing Professional Development in Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults worth 20 credits at level HE6.
Key Features
  • The University of Bolton has been offering high-quality courses designed to meet the health and social care sector's needs for over 30 years, so we have the knowledge and experience to anticipate and respond to changes in the health and social care sector.
  • We review the course curriculum regularly to ensure we include and apply contemporary theories.

  • You must have an appropriate health and social care-related qualification (for example, registered nurse, nursing associate, assistant practitioner, allied health professional, or paramedic) or be working in the health and social care industry with the necessary prior educational/academic experience.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.
  • Please note that this course is subject to the University of Bolton's Fitness to Practise procedure.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

This course offers academic progression in safeguarding vulnerable adults.

Course fees

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

Additional costs

There may be some additional or optional costs associated with this course. These will be published after approval of the programme.

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

We aim to deliver effective learning and teaching relevant to you as a student and an individual working in practice. We adopt a blended learning and teaching style, including online delivery and engagement where appropriate.

Using a number of strategies, including lectures, seminars, guided learning, independent study, group discussion and reflective practice, we hope to stimulate debate and discussion that help you master the core concepts. In addition, we'll focus on your individual needs by offering scheduled tutorial support where you receive personalised advice and guidance.

E-learning is also available through our virtual learning environment (Moodle), so you can complete further study when or wherever convenient.

Teaching and learning will reflect your experience and professional status, and previous learning and practice experiences are recognised, built upon and valued.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

CPD Health Team
Health CPD Enquiry Team

Lucy Bradshaw
Programme Leader


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