The Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities distance learning course will enable you to study systematically, critically and in-depth, aspects of educating children and adults with severe, profound and multiple learning disabilities that are relevant to your own practice. As the SPMLD course 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).
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.
Each module in year one contains a 3 day study weekend. You will be expected to carry out reading and online activities both before and after the study weekend in order to explore further the other aspects of each module. Written assignments will usually be due at the beginning of January, April and September. The study weekends are not mandatory but they are strongly recommended. If one is missed for unavoidable reasons then you can attend in the following year. However, if you opt out you need to be aware that you are missing a lot in terms of tutorial time as well as networking with speakers and colleagues from schools and colleges.
It is highly recommended that if you wish to undertake the programme, you attend at least the first weekend. If this is not possible, you will need to contact the SPMLD Programme Lead, Dr Lila Kossyvaki, via email, phone or skype, before the start of the course.
There are two 2 day (Friday and Saturday) study weekends for students who continue to the MEd and who wish to take Special Studies followed by PIE (for MEd). These study weekends usually take place at the beginning of October and after Easter.
Assistance with booking overnight accommodation in the area is provided for students who live too far from the campus to travel daily.
Tutorials are mainly held through phone, Skype and email but there are group tutorials during the study weekends and online discussions. Students are organised in small study groups and encouraged to support each other both during the campus weekends and online.
Each module has a written assignment and all assignments are based on your own practice. There is a free choice of topics (but some of the learning outcomes of the module must be met through the assignment). Suggestions for suitable topics will be made.
For example, for the first module:
Level H AdCert (up to 3,000 words)
Choose an aspect of your own practice in SLD/ PMLD and reflect on it in the light of theory. Evaluate the success of your current ways of working and make recommendations for the future. You could focus on either an individual child/ adult or on a small group.
Level M PGCert, MEd (up to 4,000 words)
Critically analyse the current theoretical discourse on a personally chosen aspect of working with learners with SLD/ PMLD and in the light of this, rigorously reflect on and evaluate your practice and/ or the practice in your organisation. Make sure that you provide a sound rationale for any plans for the future.
Can I apply for the AdCert or PGCert 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.