• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
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. 

Employability

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

Modules include:

  • 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

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

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

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

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English Language Requirements

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

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    185

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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.

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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.
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Home/EU:

  • PGDip £3,740
  • AdCert £3,798
  • BPhil £3,798
  • PGCert £3,348

Overseas

  • AdCert £7,860
  • BPhil £7,860
  • PGCert £5,430
  • PGDip £5,430
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