The Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities distance learning programme aims to:
- enable participants to study systematically, critically and in-depth, aspects of educating children and adults with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties that are relevant to their own practice
- provide the support needed for participants to analyse critically and improve their own theory and practice with children and adults with severe, profound and multple learning difficulties
- encourage participants to evaluate critically and develop their collaborative work across disciplines and agencies
- facilitate participants in developing rigorous evidence-based practice
As the SPMLD programme is designed for a range of practitioners, it is hoped that participants from different agencies or disciplines who work with the same learners will come on the course together (and thus improve their working together). If you are thinking of studying on the course, invite a colleague to study with you!
In the three videos below, students on the Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities programme share their views on why they choose the course and what they enjoy about it.
What is the closing date for applications?
Monday 1 July 2019 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2019 made after this date. A new application should be made for September 2020.
We advise applicants to apply as soon as possible in order to help ensure a smooth admissions process and a swift start to the programme in September.
What is the difference between Level H programmes (AdCert and BPhil) and Level M Programmes (PGCert, PGDip and MEd)?
The University offers this programme at several awards;
The AdCert is a level H programmes - the equivalent to the third year of Undergraduate Study, whereas the PGCert, PGDip and MEd are Level M programmes - postgraduate level.
The PGCert/AdCert consists of 3 modules, taken over a period of 12 months.
The PGDip consists of 6 modules, taken over a period of 24 months.
The MEd consists of 6 modules and a dissertation, taken over a period of 36 months.
Find out more about the different levels of award (PDF)
Are the Study Weekends mandatory?
The Study Weekends are not mandatory, however, if students opt out they have to be aware that they are missing a lot in terms of networking with speakers and colleagues from schools and colleges and tutorial time.
It is highly recommended that, if you wish to undertake the programme, students attend at least the first weekend in October 2019. However, if this is impossible, we advise that students are required to contact the SPMLD Programme Lead, Dr Lila Kossyvaki, via email, phone or skype, before the start of the course.
Can I apply for the AdCert, PGCert or PGDip, and later transfer to a higher qualification?
Yes - Halfway through the first year of study students will be asked whether they wish to extend their registration to work towards a further award.
Can I apply for a Level M programme if I have a 2:1?
You need to hold a 2:1 first degree (e.g. bachelor's degree), as well as have relevant experience with learners who have SLD/PMLD and access to at least one learner with SLD/PMLD during these modules. However, there are exceptions under certain circumstances so if you are unsure please get in touch with the Programme Lead, Dr Lila Kossyvaki. Further information on Entry requirements.
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