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PGCert Understanding and Supporting Behaviour

Course overview

Start date

September 2018

Subject area

Teaching and Education

Attendance

Part-time

Learning

On campus

Course summary

The 2015 Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice (DfE/DoH) outlines the need for schools and teachers to understand the social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH) that can lead to behavioural difficulties.

This course helps teachers to develop their knowledge and understanding of current research and best practice in this area.
 
This is a new and innovative postgraduate course that will enable you to study and research current and relevant issues concerning SEMH and its relationship to challenging behaviour.

It is suitable for teachers and allied professionals working within educational settings who wish to deepen and extend their knowledge of behaviour, SEMH and inclusion.

The course will allow you to develop skills to reflect critically on your own practice and current research. It will enable you to contribute to school development and strategic vision concerning behaviour and SEMH.
           

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If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email study@uel.ac.uk.

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Combine theory and practice

This course aligns theory and practice, allowing you to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of behaviour and the social, emotional and mental health issues underlying behavioural difficulties.

Collaborative learning

The course focuses upon collaborative learning, which will support you to address current issues and problems through the strength of collective knowledge, experience and expertise. A real strength of the course is the diverse student body. People come with a range of expertise and experience, enriching the learning for all participants.

Learn from practitioners

Our staff are practitioners in the field of SEN, with expertise including supporting pupils with social, emotional and mental health issues, inclusion and leadership. They bring a wealth of practical experience and knowledge of the most current research to the course.

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What we're researching

Dr Wayne Tennent, who teaches on the MA Education course, is an expert in reading comprehension, having written two books on the subject and led numerous projects in schools which have demonstrated impact on pupil achievement in this area. He works extensively with the United Kingdom Literacy Association.

The research of Nicole Whitelaw and Julie Gariazzo, is in the area of autism.

John Macklin, leader of the MA Leadership in Education, carries out research into leadership in schools in relation to complexity theory. Warren Kidd, PGCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Course Leader, researches in the area of teacher identity and has published extensively in the area of sociology and teaching and learning. 

Our Professional Doctorate (EdD) course draws on the input of researchers from across the Cass school of Education and Communities. It is led by Professor Gerry Czerniawski, who has published extensively in the areas of teaching and learning, teacher and teacher educator identity, continuing professional development (CPD) and pupil voice.

A founder member of the International Forum for Teacher Educator Development (InFoTED), he serves on the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Council and is chair of BERA's British Curriculum Forum. Gerry is a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Making a difference

UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.

How you'll learn

You will learn through lectures, face-to-face tutorials and by working in small discussion groups and pairs.

There is a focus on collaborative learning, building on the strength of shared experience, knowledge and expertise. During taught sessions, you will be encouraged to interact with your fellow professionals, allowing you to explore theory and practice.

Group activities also help you to develop your ideas through discussion with others before your approach the assessment tasks.

Each module is supported by a Virtual Learning Environment, where you can access key learning materials and use the discussion board.

In addition to weekly lectures, you also have access to the module tutor via email or in face-to-face tutorials. Our tutors have all worked professionally to a high level in the field, and have experience in supporting participants from a wide range of professional contexts and backgrounds.

Each module encourages your to link your developing knowledge and understanding to your own professional context.

You will explore inclusive practice for pupils with behavioural difficulties and social, emotional and mental health needs within lectures, and have the chance to consider how this applies to your own setting through discussion with other students and the assessment portfolios.

Nicole Whitelaw

PGCert Understanding and Supporting Behaviour, Course Leader

An important feature of this course is the support we give to students. Students are able to access support via email, as well as through one-to-one tutorials and within lectures. It is also exciting to see the support networks that students create themselves. The sharing of ideas and ongoing discussion about theory and practice allow students to explore and develop their own thoughts in a very supportive environment.

Fees and funding

Apply for a 50 per cent discount on your tuition fees! You can get a 50 per cent discount on course fees through a UEL Postgraduate Scholarship.

The scholarship is open to full-time and part-time UK and EU students of taught postgraduate courses.

To see our full eligibility criteria and how to apply click here

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How we can help you

Did you know that with a postgraduate qualification you can expect to earn more than someone who only holds an undergraduate degree?

If you want to build new skills, change career paths, or further your career prospects, a postgraduate degree can help you. Our range of scholarships and bursaries will make financing your education that much easier. Below are some the funding available to support you in your studies:

  • Alumni Discount - 15% fee waiver
  • Early Payment Discount - 5% fee waiver
  • Asylum Seeker scholarship - 100% fee waiver
  • Civic Engagement - £1,000
  • Harship bursary - up tp £2,000
  • Sport Scholarships – Up to £6,000
  • Team UEL - £1,000

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Tuition fees
UK/EU
£2,180

Per 60 Credit Module

Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.
At UEL, we understand that studying in another country is a big financial commitment. If you apply early for an postgraduate course, you may be entitled to a scholarship of up to £4,000. You can find out more about the international scholarships here. In addition to this, we offer a five per cent early payment discount and 15 per cent alumni discount.

The Student Money Advice and Rights Team (SMART) also run an Emergency International Fund to assist international students in hardship.

You can contact our SMART team on 02082234444 or study@uel.ac.uk







As part of the Tier 4 student visa requirements, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) estimate that you will need £1,265* per month to cover your living costs. It includes expenses for accommodation, food and drink, travel within London, text books, entertainment, clothing, toiletries and laundry. Most Tier 4 students are required to show they have sufficient funds to cover the first nine months of the course before they start- a total of £11,385- in addition to the tuition fees. You can find more information about the specific requirements of the Tier 4 student visa here. The amount that you will spend can vary depending on your lifestyle. The UKCISA International Student Calculator can help you plan and manage your money.

* Please note the Immigration Rules are subject to change and this figure is likely to be increased by UKVI year on year. Please therefore check our ISA pages (www.uel.ac.uk/isa) for more information at the time of preparing your visa application.













Deposits and paying by instalments

International students are required to pay a deposit prior to being issued a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Your remaining balance will be paid in five monthly instalments over your first term. The first of these instalments must be paid when completing your enrolment on arrival at UEL. Please follow the payment instructions here.

After the required payment has been made, you will be asked to complete the online International Student Reply Form to confirm your acceptance of our offer and of our terms of admittance and fees policy.








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Tuition fees
International
£4,160
Per 60 Credit Module
Tuition fees are subject to annual change. Fees for future years will be published in due course.

Entry requirements

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Degree
Minimum 2:2 Honours

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(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.

If you don’t quite meet the academic requirements for this course, you can apply with an additional foundation year. Read more about the International Foundation Programme.

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We will also consider a certificate of education; higher level professional training in SEN with demonstrable parity in experience.


It is recommended that applicants are able to spend some time each week in an educational setting, on a paid or voluntary basis in order to gain maximum benefit from the practice based focus of learning and assessment on this programme.
Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. Find out more here.

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

This course is relevant to both mainstream and specialist settings. The aim is to help teachers and other professionals respond effectively to the needs of pupils with behavioural difficulties and social, emotional and mental health issues (SEMH).

The two modules you will study cover theories of inclusion: how to make inclusion work for pupils with SEMH, behaviour theories and associated strategies to support pupils and a link to wider national policy.

Throughout the course, you will be helped to develop a critical understanding of theory alongside practical knowledge.

We will encourage you to make links between theory and your own practice and become a reflective practitioner who is able to think proactively and strategically about provision for pupils with behaviour, social, emotional and mental health needs.

 


               

What you'll study

  • Critical Approaches to Inclusive Education (core)
  • Exploring Behaviour: Theories and Perspectives for Practice (core)

How you'll be assessed

Due to the practical nature of the programme there are no examinations. The Postgraduate Certificate in Understanding and Supporting Behaviour is assessed by coursework.

Each module assessment will typically be a single submission portfolio of 5,000 words or equivalent.

Assessment tasks will involve critical reflection, professional work-based tasks and critical engagement with research and current thinking in SEMH.

Course specification

Your future career

This course will help you develop a range of transferrable skills that are desirable in a wide variety of careers.
 
These skills include knowledge of theories, legislation, policy and practice, computer literacy, planning and time management and written communication. It will also demonstrate your ability to engage in critical thinking.

The skills and knowledge developed on this course will allow those working in teaching to gain expertise in the increasingly sought after area of special needs.
 
However, this course could also support your career in areas such as therapy, support work, social work, educational psychology and work with adults with additional needs.


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