This course introduces you to the application of the Vanguard Method in your practice setting. It focuses on the two key elements of the Vanguard Method in people centred services: systems theory and intervention theory. Practical application of these theories will involve the study of a work system in your own organisation using the Vanguard Method. The pedagogical approach is based on action learning, and combines university-based teaching with work-based learning. You will apply your learning by using the Vanguard Method to study your own system. You need a degree or the equivalent experience to be able to do this course.

“The best course I’ve undertaken in my 17 years in Local Government.  It’s an approach that has made me completely rethink how I will plan the review, design and development of services and systems within and across my organisation and has provided me with a practical and logical way to go about it.”
Ceri Armstrong, Senior Health and Social Care Development Manager, Adult Social Care, Thurrock Council (studied on Cohort 6 of the course)

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and learnt far more than I expected. It’s made a huge difference in that before the course I felt I had some/reasonable understanding of the Vanguard Method but was a little uncertain about whether I understood it sufficiently to fundamentally change the way my organisation works. Now I have the confidence/knowledge to make those changes. I have no hesitation in recommending the course and will do so to anyone I can.”
Nigel Lucas, CEO at The Charity of Elizabeth Jane Jones

The course has been taught entirely online during the pandemic, whereas previously students were required to visit each other’s systems and the Kingston University campus. We will confirm the final arrangements for October closer to the start date.

Find out more about the course in the module guide.

Apply online here. The next course starts in October 2021.