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

Multisensory Impairment (Deafblindness)

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.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Continuing professional development, distance learning

Study Options: Distance learning

Duration: MEd: 3 years; PGDip: 2 years; BPhil; 2 years; PGCert: 1 year; Ad Cert: 1 year

Start date: September

Details

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. 

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Please note that the mandatory qualification awards for 2015 will be offered subject to approval from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)

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

Modules

Compulsory modules

Multi-sensory impairment; Causes and Implications

Module code 05498 (20 credits)

The developmental implications of multi-sensory impairment are considered in the context of early normal development.  We will explore the approaches to developmental assessment and the range of needs associated with the disability will be examined, together with some of the major causes of multi-sensory impairment.

Multi-sensory Impairment; Communication

Module code: 05603 (20 credits)

This module will look at how communication develops, and how it develops differently in learners with deafblindness, assessment and promotion of communication and language development, and responses to challenging behaviour. The strategies for promoting interaction and for responding to challenging behaviour will be considered.

Multi-sensory Impairment; Sensory impairment

Module code 05718 (20 credits)

The processes of sight and hearing will be described to provide a context for accounts of functional sensory assessment and the interpretation of clinical assessment results.  The use of assessment information to change practice will be explored in terms of developing optimal environments for learning.

Multi-sensory impairment; Education and provision

Module code 05632 (20 credits)

Interdisciplinary working and work with families will be examined, together with a range of curricular and teaching approaches appropriate for learners with multi-sensory impairments.  The influence of approaches and services developed in other countries will be considered, and current provision in the UK explored with a discussion of the factors affecting the development of policy and services.

Special studies in Special Education and Educational Psychology

Module code 05473

An independent investigation on a topic relating to the education of deafblind learners, allowing students to develop their
investigative skills and reflect on their own practice

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.

Fees and funding

Fees Home/EU 2015-2016

Mandatory qualification

  • Code 187B BPhil £3,150 each year 
  • Code 186B PGDip £3,120 each year

Non mandatory qualification

  • Code 185B AdCert £2,805
  • Code 1854B BPhil £2,805 each year 
  • Code 183B PGCert £2,775
  • Code 182B PGDip £2,775 each year 
  • Code 181B MEd £2,775 first year; £2,775 second year; £1,832 third year

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

The fees shown above are also annual fees for students starting their courses September in 2015. Please note that where courses last more than one year, the annual fees for subsequent years on the course may increase due to inflation.

Fees overseas 2015-2016

Non mandatory qualification

  • Code 185B AdCert £6,597.50 
  • Code 184B BPhil £6,597.50 each year 
  • Code 183B PGCert £4,714 
  • Code 182B PGDip £4,714 first year; £4,555 second year 
  • Code 181B MEd £4,714 first year; £4,555 second year; £4,400 third year 

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

The fees shown above are also annual fees for students starting their courses September in 2015. Please note that where courses last more than one year, the annual fees for subsequent years on the course may increase due to inflation.

Funding for part-time students

The UK Government provides non-means tested loans to cover the full cost of part-time tuition for all eligible English resident or non UK EU undergraduates. Find out more about the funding for part-time students.

Scholarships and studentships

Learn more about fees and funding

Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. 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 the Student Funding Office via online enquiries

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 requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

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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Learning and teaching

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 and 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 2014-15 are:

  • 19th -21st September 2014
  • 27th - 29th March 2015

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.