Education of Learners with Multisensory Impairment (Deafblindness) MEd/BPhil/Postgraduate Diploma/ Postgraduate Certificate/Advanced Certificate

This distance learning programme is open to teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or equivalent, to work more effectively with learners who are deafblind (multi-sensory impaired). It is the only nationally recruiting programme leading to the GTC recognised Mandatory Qualification (MQ) in Deafblindness / Multi-sensory Impairment. 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 programme has now been approved by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)  for Mandatory Qualifications for September 2016 and we welcome applications  for September start.  However, please note that the information provided on the website relates to the current MQ programme and some modifications to programme information may be required to fit with new NCTL standards .

 

 

 

This distance learning programme enables qualified teachers and others working in education related fields to work more effectively with learners who are deafblind (multi-sensory impaired). 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 programme 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. 

Awards

AdCert Modules 1–3 (Honours Level)
BPhil Modules 1–5 (Non Mandatory only)
PGCert Modules 1–3 (Masters Level)
PGDip Modules 1–5
MEd Modules 1–5 plus PIE and dissertation
PGDip + MQ Modules 1–5 plus teaching placement

 

You may also be interested in our programmes on Visual Impairment and Hearing Impairment

Modules

Compulsory modules

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

Mandatory Qualification (MQ)

Students on Mandatory Qualification (MQ) programmes, which are specialist qualifications for teachers with UK qualified teacher status, also complete an assessed teaching placement and a teaching placement file. Students progressing to MEd also complete a Practitioner Inquiry in Education (PIE) and a 15,000 word dissertation.

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Fees and funding

Fees 2016 - 2017

Home/EU

Mandatory qualification

  • Code 186B PGDip £3,290

Non mandatory qualification

  • Code 185B AdCert £2,930
  • Code 184B BPhil £2,930
  • Code 183B PGCert £2,930
  • Code 182B PGDip £2,930
  • Code 181B MEd £2,930

Overseas

Non mandatory qualification

  • Code 185B AdCert £6,930 
  • Code 184B BPhil £6,930 
  • Code 183B PGCert £4,950 
  • Code 182B PGDip £4,950
  • Code 181B MEd £4,950

Fees for distance learning programmes are based on students studying 60 credits per year. 

The fees shown above are the annual fees for students starting their courses September in 2016. Please note that where courses last more than one year, the annual fees for subsequent years on the course may increase due to inflation.

For further information contact the School directly or the Student Funding Office via online enquiries

Scholarships, Studentships and Loans

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

The new postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK will be introduced for students commencing in the 2016-17 academic year. The government-backed student loans will provide up to £10,000 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas including part-time and distance learning. For more detailed information view our Postgraduate funding page

Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships may be available, please view the Scholarships webpage in the School of Education. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. More details may be found on the international scholarships page.

For further information contact the School directly or Fees and Financial Support university webpages.  

Entry requirements

Please refer directly to the School of Education entry requirements
 
International students
We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language support

BIA provides free English language services to international students who are currently studying on undergraduate or postgraduate courses at the University of Birmingham.  Services include Open-access English classes, online self-assessment, online materials through CANVAS, email answers to quick questions and individual one to one tutorials. 

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Wendy Pallant talks about her role as a regional tutor on the Education of Learners with Multi-Sensory Impairment course.

Students will learn at their own pace and in their own homes and workplaces. Study is supported through study packs, web based learning, with online materials, discussions and interaction, and through an allocated tutor in a small tutorial group which allows students contact. Regular broadband internet access is required for the programme, and students must have regular contact with learners with MSI for practical work throughout the programme.

There is a University based study-weekend twice a year. The dates for 2016-17 are:

  • 16th - 18th September 2016
  • 7th - 9th April 2017

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.