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Advanced Restorative Practitioner PgCert

What is Advanced Restorative Practitioner PgCert?

Designed for people already working as restorative practitioners, this postgraduate course will enable you to achieve your Restorative Justice Council UK Advanced Practitioner status while gaining a valuable academic qualification.

You’ll hear from experts in restorative justice and practice from across the world – experts who discuss their own work, the development of services in different contexts and the challenges you face in delivering and developing services.

Study style

The course is delivered entirely online, using the university’s state-of-the-art online platform. You’ll study two modules – each supported by researchers and practitioners from across the field.

You’ll have a Personal Tutor to support you in your learning and assessment. Through a mix of collaborative discussion, lectures, seminars and contributions from experts from across the world, you’ll reflect on and develop your work as an advanced restorative practitioner.

Your assessments will be portfolio-based and designed to give you the skills, knowledge and expertise you’ll need as senior restorative practitioners – as identified in the Restorative Justice Council’s national competency framework.

Entry requirements

    • Entrants to the course need to be working as experienced restorative practitioners/facilitators and looking to develop their broader thinking on practice and approaches more generally. To demonstrate this, you should currently:

      • be experienced in leading the facilitation of cases,
      • have experience of serious and complex casework,
      • have experience of mentoring other staff in restorative casework,
      • have experience of working with a variety of other groups and agencies in supporting and delivering restorative casework
      • understand some of the legislation and standards around Restorative Practice


    • If you meet the entry criteria you will be offered an interview with an academic member of staff, either in person or online.

Course modules


Fees and costs

Start date Location Course code Total Fee (UK) Total Fee (international)
Sep 2022 Distance Learning (UoG delivery) £2,760 £5,000
Sep 2023 Distance Learning (UoG delivery) TBC TBC
Sep 2024 Distance Learning (UoG delivery) TBC TBC

Industry links

The University of Gloucestershire is approved by the Restorative Justice Council UK as an advanced level course provider and as an approved training provider.

This course is approved by the Restorative Justice Council UK. This means that as part of your academic qualification, you’ll also build your portfolio for recognition, which when you successfully complete of the course will be submitted for verification and approval.

Gain accreditation

Achieve Restorative Justice Council UK Advanced Practitioner status as part of your academic qualification.

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Learn from experts

Hear from experts, researchers and practitioners in restorative justice and practice from across the world.

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Network with other practitioners

Share your practice with others to reflect on how you facilitate, lead and develop restorative work.

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Endless possibilities with a master’s degree

Increase your pay potential, specialise in the subject you love, or pursue your passion and switch careers.

UoG students can benefit from an alumni discount. Receive 20% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees as a 2022 graduate.

Discover your next step.

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"I focus on how communities use restorative practice to overcome harm"

Jon Hobson has been teaching, researching and examining restorative approaches for a number of years. Jon has examined projects in Sierra Leone, Northern Ireland, Canada and across England.

Dr Jon Hobson, Associate Professor in Social Sciences

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