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Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

MEd/BPhil/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate/Advanced Certificate

Start date
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Distance learning, Taught

2020 - 2021
£3,300 (Home/EU)
£6,150 PGCert/PGDip/MEd (Overseas)
£9,060 AdCert/BPhil (Overseas)
More Fees and funding details.

This distance learning programme in Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD) aims to develop professional practice in educational settings.

Professional Development is increasingly important in the career development of all professionals within Education and Children’s Services in general. This distance education course in Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties will provide you with an increased knowledge/and understanding of Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD) and it is particularly suited to teachers, care workers, mentors, youth workers and learning support assistants working in primary, secondary, further education and specialist settings. 

The Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties programme uses the National College for Teaching and Leadership competencies for core and expert standards for working with pupils experiencing social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD). From these standards the programme provides a wider context for knowledge and understanding of SEBD, the development of skills and expertise in meeting these pupils’ needs, and professional experience upon which to promote good practice.

If you work with children and young people who exhibit challenging behaviour, disaffection and disengagement with schooling, then it will be relevant to you. 


We offer the following awards


The Level H Advanced Certificate (AdCert) is the equivalent to the third year of Undergraduate Study. It is for those with certificates and diplomas eg: HND, NVQ level 4/5, Foundation degree. It lasts 12 months part-time and consists of 1 - 3 Modules. 


The Level H Bachelor of Philosphy (BPhil) lasts 2 years part-time and it is available for those who have an honours degree (or equivalent). It consists of 1 - 4 Modules and a 10,000 word dissertation.


The Level M Postgraduate Certficate (PGCert) is a postgraduate award and it is available for those who have an honours degree (or equivalent). It lasts 12 months and consists of 1 - 3 Modules.


The Level M Postgraduate Diploma Certificate (PGDip) is a postgraduate award and it is available for those who have an honours degree (or equivalent). The PGDip is taken over 24 months and consists 1 - 5 Modules plus the completion of a Special Study in the sixth term.


The Level M Masters of Education (MEd) is a postgraduate award and it is available for those who have an honours degree (or equivalent). The MEd is taken over 36 months part-time. It consists 1 - 5 Modules plus the ‘Practitioner Inquiry in Education’ module which will prepare you for the completion of the 15,000 word dissertation.

We also offer a number of other programmes across a range of SEN and Inclusion that may be relevant to your needs. 


1. SEBD Identification, Assessment and Provision (AdCert, BPhil, PGCert, PGDip, MEd)

2. SEBD Strategies, Interventions and Approaches (AdCert, BPhil, PGCert, PGDip, MEd)

3. Improving Classroom Achievement (AdCert, BPhil, PGCert, PGDip, MEd)

4. Developmental Psychology for Childhood and Adolescence (BPhil, PGDip, MEd)

5. Issues in the Education of Pupils Identified as having ADHD (PGDip, MEd)

Those completing the PGDip do a school based study in term 6, those completing a BPhil complete a dissertation and those following an MEd complete a research module in preparation for their dissertation.


Fees 2020 - 2021


  • Code 5847 AdCert £3,300
  • Code 5850 BPhil £3,300
  • Code 5853 PGCert £3,300
  • Code 5856 PGDip £3,300
  • Code 5872 MEd £3,300


  • Code 5847 AdCert £9,060
  • Code 5850 BPhil £9,060
  • Code 5853 PGCert £6,150
  • Code 5856 PGDip £6,150
  • Code 5872 MEd £6,150

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

The fees shown above are the first year fees for students starting their courses September in 2019 and fees may change in subsequent years.  

Learn more about fees and funding

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

For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to eligible financial support via the Postgraduate Masters or Doctoral loan for the duration of their course. For more information visit the website.

You can also visit our EU Referendum information page for more information and updates.

Scholarships, Studentships and Loans 

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. 

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

A postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK will provide up to £10,609 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 visit the Funding, Graduation & Awards Office via online enquiries. 

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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Our Standard Requirements

Applicants are required to have a first degree in a related field and some relevant experience with children or young people with SEBD but individuals from a range of educational and professional backgrounds will be considered.

English language support

Birmingham International Academy (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. 

International Requirements

International Students

Speakers of English as a second language will be required to hold an IELTs 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each band or equivalent qualification.

You will have a personal tutor in a regional tutor group. Study is supported through study packs, tutorial groups, web based learning, online materials, telephone and email contact which will allow you to learn through interaction with other students. Internet access is required for the programme.

These are the provisional dates for 2020-2021

  • Friday 1st May 2020 - Sunday 3rd May 2020
  • Friday 2nd October 2020 - Sunday 4th October 2020
  • Friday 30th April 2021 - Sunday 2nd May 2021.  

Find out more about the programme through watching the videos below.

SEBD Students


The Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties programme is ideal for those working in settings which provide education for children and young people with SEBD. It is particularly suited to teachers, care workers, mentors, youth workers and learning support assistants working in primary, secondary, further education and specialist settings. Upon completion of this course, you will have experience in dealing with pupils with challenging behaviour within educational settings.

There is the opportunity to work towards a further professional qualification in the field of Education both within schools and in other settings, including progression to a PhD. The excellent careers advice provided by personal tutors has encouraged many of our graduates to successfully apply for leadership roles working with children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. These include: specialist teachers, education advisors, special educational needs coordinators, teaching assistants, youth workers, behaviour managers and counsellors.

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