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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months


From helping to identify those who need extra support, to helping those with intellectual disability live more independently, this Psychology and Learning Disability course at University of Portsmouth will give you the knowledge required to make a positive difference in your career. You can choose to complete the course over 1 or 2 years through distance learning, giving you the flexibility to fit your studies around existing work commitments.

You'll graduate with the skills and confidence to support children and adults with learning disabilities, and gain an academic qualification that will improve your career prospects.

What you will experience?

On this course, you'll:

  • Be supported by experienced academics in the field of learning disability
  • Learn through a combination of live web-based chat forums, e-conferencing, remote seminars and workshops, and individual tutorials, where you'll discuss your work with lecturers and other students
  • Get to grips with the key topics in the field, including the role of family support in care, the practice of cognitive behavioural therapy and the analysis of Autistic Spectrum Conditions
  • Complete an individual project based on an original piece of research
  • Take part in voluntary work with children or adults with intellectual disabilities
  • Tap into the Library’s vast selection of electronic resources, and borrow books locally via the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCOLNUL) scheme


When you graduate, you'll be in a strong position to make significant progress in your career, in senior management positions and upwards. Previous graduates have also gone on to study for advanced academic qualifications, such as PhDs or professional doctorates.

Career opportunities include:

  • social work
  • community care
  • NHS
  • public services for children or adults
  • education
  • mentoring

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Autistic spectrum conditions: a critical approach
  • Communication and interviewing vulnerable witnesses
  • Critical disability studies and intellectual disability
  • Families and systemic therapy
  • Quantitive and qualitative research methods
  • Research project

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Distance Learning

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Applicants with a professional qualification not at degree level may be accepted - each application is considered on an individual basis according to academic qualifications as well as professional qualifications and experience.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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