Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

University of Birmingham

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36 months
5665 GBP/year
3613 GBP/year
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The Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties programme offered by the University of Birmingham aims to develop professional practice in educational settings.

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If you work with children and young people who exhibit challenging behaviour, disaffection and disengagement with schooling, then this programme will be relevant to you. 

The Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties programme offered by the University of Birmingham uses the National College for Teaching and Leadership competencies for core and expert standards for working with pupils experiencing social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD). 

From these standards the programme provides a wider context for knowledge and understanding of SEBD, the development of skills and expertise in meeting these pupils’ needs, and professional experience upon which to promote good practice.


The Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties programme is ideal for those working in settings which provide education for children and young people with SEBD. It is particularly suited to teachers, care workers, mentors, youth workers and learning support assistants working in primary, secondary, further education and specialist settings. Upon completion of this course, you will have experience in dealing with pupils with challenging behaviour within educational settings.

There is the opportunity to work towards a further professional qualification in the field of Education both within schools and in other settings, including progression to a PhD or EdD. 

The excellent careers advice provided by personal tutors has encouraged many of our graduates to successfully apply for leadership roles working with children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. 

These include: specialist teachers, education advisors, special educational needs coordinators, teaching assistants, youth workers, behaviour managers and counsellors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • SEBD Identification, Assessment and Provision
  • SEBD Strategies, Interventions and Approaches  
  • Improving Classroom Achievement 
  • Developmental Psychology for Childhood and Adolescence
  • Issues in the Education of Pupils Identified as having ADHD

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
First Class (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are required to have a first degree in a related field and some relevant experience with children or young people with SEBD but individuals from a range of educational and professional backgrounds will be considered.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5665 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5665 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3613 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3613 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • AdCert. £3,782
  • BPhil £3,782
  • PGCert. £3,782
  • PGDip. £3,782
  • AdCert. £8,370
  • BPhil £8,370
  • PGCert. £5,665
  • PGDip. £5,665


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