Restorative Practice PgCert

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What is special about this course?

This Restorative Practice course is unique in Scotland and the team behind it received three commendations when validated including "being at the forefront of original and innovative academic programmes in this field."

If you are interested in exploring alternatives to criminal justice that focus on repairing the harm done to individuals and communities, rather than on simply punishing offenders, this new course is for you.

At its core, the course is about repairing and restoring relationships, and healing and changing behaviour.  It brings together theory, research and practice in education, counselling, criminal justice, social work and organisational management into the emerging social science of restorative practice.

Whether you work in the fields of criminal justice, social work, education or community services, this innovative course will teach you the skills and knowledge to go out and build better communities.

Special features

  • The course is unique in Scotland and the course team, based at the Centre for Rural Childhood in Perth
  • The course is available to study part time and online through the UHI virtual learning environment (VLE), enabling you to fit your study around your personal and professional commitments
  • You can choose to study individual modules for continuing professional development (CPD), or complete the full postgraduate certificate (PgCert)

Entry requirements

  • 2.2 Honours degree in relevant discipline
  • A third class Honours or an Ordinary degree will be considered with appropriate professional experience
  • Professional qualifications such as social work, teaching or community education
  • International candidates require an IELTS score of 6.5

Access routes


Core modules are:

  • Introduction to restorative practices in different settings
  • Origins of restorative justice
  • Implementing restorative policies in practice
  • International perspectives in restorative practice

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

You will study the PgCert Restorative Practice part time. This allows you to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments.

  • You will participate in online discussions, forums and group exercises, which will count towards your overall performance
  • You will receive support from expert staff at the Centre for Rural Childhood, Perth College UHI

How long will my course last?

Part time: 1 year @ 12-16 hours per week

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September
  • January

How much will my course cost?

The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

2014-15 2014-15 2014-15
Scottish and EU/EEA
Rest of UK
Per module (20 credits) £510 £640 £760
Postgraduate certificate (PgCert) £1,530 £1,920 £2,280

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

Enquiries from employers for multiple student registrations are welcome and special fee arrangements may apply.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Perth College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • This course in Restorative Practice will equip those already working in youth justice, social work, criminal justice, mediation, and neighbourhood and housing services for career progression 
  • The PgCert will equip you for taking on greater responsibility in your workplace or to prepare for advanced study in this discipline

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Restorative Practice PgCert

I want to start in Jan/Feb 2015 or Aug/Sep 2015 or Jan/Feb 2016

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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