• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
This distance learning Education of Learners with Multisensory Impairment (Deafblindness) programme from University of Birmingham is open to teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or equivalent, to work more effectively with learners who are deafblind (multi-sensory impaired). 

About

It is the only nationally recruiting programme leading to the GTC recognised Mandatory Qualification in Deafblindness/Multi-sensory Impairment. While many students are practising teachers working with children, others are from further education, social services, paramedical or medical specialisms, or residential work. An alternative non mandatory (Non MQ) programme is also open to teachers (as well as other professionals with appropriate qualifications) working with children and young people who are deafblind who are not seeking the MQ. 

The Education of Learners with Multisensory Impairment (Deafblindness) programme from the University of Birmingham aims to provide an understanding of the effects and implications of dual sensory impairment on development, learning, and communication, through theoretical and practical work. It will include skills in assessment, monitoring and recording, a knowledge of teaching approaches and of support systems. 

Careers

Many of those who have completed the course continue to work with people with deafblindness (MSI) and some continue or progress to influential roles in specialist MSI units, or as advisory teachers for pupils who are deafblind. Others take key roles in such fields as managing further education for MSI learners or sensory impairment in an LEA or other setting, or go on to promoted posts in school or other management.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Multi-sensory impairment; Causes and Implications
  • Multi-sensory Impairment; Communication
  • Multi-sensory Impairment; Sensory impairment
  • Multi-sensory impairment; Education and provision
  • Special studies in Special Education and Educational Psychology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    • This programme has now closed for 2018 entry. It will reopen later in the year.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      MEd: 3 years PT; PGDip: 2 years PT; BPhil; 2 years PT (Non MQ only); PGCert: 1 year PT; Ad Cert: 1 year PT.

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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    88

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    176

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

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  • Minimum required score:

    59

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Academic Requirements

  • MEd:  a degree or equivalent qualification and relevant experience
  • BPhil/AdCert: Usually two years of higher education or equivalent and relevant experience.
  • PGDip/PGCert: a degree or equivalent qualification and relevant experience.

For the Mandatory qualification you will also need Qualified Teacher Status. Please note that for enrollment onto this course, Early Years Teaching Status does NOT count as qualified teacher status.

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!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    5430 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5430 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3450 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3450 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Home/EU:

  • PGDip. £3,348
  • AdCert. £3,798
  • BPhil. £3,798
  • PGCert. £3,348
Overseas:
  • AdCert. £7,860
  • BPhil. £7,860
  • PGCert. £5,430
  • PGDip. £5,430

Funding

The new Postgraduate Loan (PGL) for Masters degrees in the UK is available for students normally residing in England.

The main details of the new Postgraduate Loan are:

  • A loan of up to £10,609 will be made available to students applying to taught and research Masters courses. 
  • The loan will be available to students across all discipline subject areas for full-time, part-time and distance learning Masters programmes, so long as you do not have existing qualifications at Masters-level or above (which includes undergraduate integrated Masters qualifications, such as MSci or MEng etc).
  • The loan will be paid directly to you, into a UK bank account.

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