Building Resilience: Understanding the Impact of ACEs (SCQF level 11) CPD Award

Course code B993

What is special about this course?

This CPD award, Building Resilience: Understanding the Impact of ACES, will interest any person working (or wishing to work) with children and young people in a professional capacity.

Scotland is actively engaging with the recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. This module will provide key insights into these recommendations, allowing you to analyse the policies, frameworks and legislation that protect children’s rights in Scotland.

The module will focus on how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), such as poverty, child abuse or substance misuse, can affect a child or young person’s life chances and development, and the potential impact ACEs can have on future behaviour, relationships and employment opportunities.

You will explore the relationship between physical health, mental health and self-esteem, while evaluating different initiatives that promote resilience through health and wellbeing. Through critical analysis and reflection, you will examine the term ‘professional practice’ and consider how supporting best practice can positively influence life chances.

A number of potential areas for action have been suggested to help prevent and reduce the impact of ACEs, including: increasing awareness and understanding; primary prevention (through policy and strategic development); secondary prevention (increasing resilience in children and young people to reduce the impact of ACEs); and tertiary prevention (supporting those affected to prevent generational transition). All of these areas require the involvement of a wide range of professionals to ensure that they have the knowledge and skills to identify, support, help to prevent, and reduce, the impact of ACEs. This module will provide that knowledge, appealing to professionals from fields such as:

  • Healthcare
  • Social work and social care  
  • Education 
  • Housing  
  • Criminal justice
  • Police  
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Scottish Government policy makers and planners

Special features

  • You can study online, allowing you to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments.
  • Any individual or organisation that wishes to take part in professional development will find this module suitable for themselves or their workforce.
  • Study at an institution that is recognised as a leader for online learning, with lecturers that have extensive experience in supporting students during online studies.
  • The module is written by lecturers with expertise in the health, child protection, education and children’s rights sectors.

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent OR
  • Postgraduate diploma award or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to an honours degree 
  • Applicants with a 2:2 honours degree or below, or with an ordinary degree or DipHE in a relevant subject, plus relevant professional experience may also be considered.  
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and/or Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) may also be claimed. 

Professional workforce with prior experience:

  • Individuals who wish to participate in this programme but who do not yet meet the entry requirements will be looked at on an individual basis. 
  • Individuals with a wealth of previous experience within a relevant field i.e. education, children’s services, social services, police service, health service or third sector organisations will be considered. 
  • A discussion will be held between yourself and the Programme Leader to ascertain your prior knowledge, experience, and skills. This dialogue will also allow you to ask further questions to ensure that this is the correct progression route for you.

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CPD Award

You will study the following core module:

  • Building Resilience: Understanding the Impact of ACEs

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • This module will consist of online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors.

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 0.5 years @ 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?

  • Perth - this fully online course can be studied from anywhere in the world. You will be enrolled and supported by staff at UHI Perth.

Start date

  • September
  • January


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
  2023-24 2024-25
CPD award (20 credit module) £584 £584

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) or assessed as rest of the UK for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2023-24 2024-25
CPD award (20 credit module) £720 £780

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

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. These students will get an automatic fee scholarship.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.



With scholarship 2024-25 With scholarship
CPD award (20 credit module) £1,080 £810 £1,110 £833

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union, studying online from their home country, or assessed as international for fee status, the following fees apply:

  2023-24 2024-25
CPD award (20 credit module) £1,080 £1,110

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international postgraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

This course is not available for international students requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress from this module to the following course:

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