This programme has been developed for a range of professionals/practitioners who work with children and adults with learning disabilities in educational settings across the severe and profound range (SLD/ PMLD) including autism (where it overlaps with SLD/ PMLD).

  

The University of Newcastle is a renowned and long-lasting provider of courses on SLD/PMLD from undergraduate to postgraduate level. The Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (SPMLD) programme is one of the leading programmes in this specific field both nationally and internationally.

Most learners with SLD/ PMLD use specialist services such as special schools or colleges but some use inclusive services in nurseries, mainstream schools or community education. The Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities programme will cover issues for staff who work in any of these services and has particular emphasis on working together to meet needs. The programme will aim to study systematically, critically and in-depth, aspects of educating children and adults with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties. In particular, it will emphasis working together to meet needs.

Each module on the Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities programme contains a 2-3 day highly recommended campus study course where you will have the chance to be taught by academics from the University of Newcastle and other institutions as well as frontline practitioners, parents, individuals with learning difficulties, former students of our courses, and well-know training providers. For example Peter Imray, Dave Hewett, Jean Ware, Flo Longhorn, Catherine Edwards, Liz Hodges, Neil Hall and Joanna Grace.

 

Awards

To meet the needs of the wide range of people working with learners with SLD/ PMLD, the programme is available at more than one entry level. The lectures, seminars and online content contains the same material for everyone but participants studying at different levels are expected to respond to ideas and concepts differently. Further reading and critical analysis is required at M level. 

 

AdCert

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 3 modules (Total of 60 credits). 

 

PGCert

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 3 modules (Total of 60 credits).

 

PGDip 

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 of 3 modules, together with Special Studies (40 credits) and Special Studies (20 credits) (Total of 120 credits).

 

MEd

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 of 3 modules, plus Special Studies, then the module ‘Practitioner Inquiry in Education’ (preparation for dissertation) plus a dissertation (Total of 180 credits).

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities

Course Level:

Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Taught

Credits 

180

Course

CODE P1046

How long it takes:

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$22,500

Entry requirements

Find out more about

Department:

Newcastle Law School

The Modules

Each of the three core modules (each worth 20 credits) cover 5 themes related to the education of learners with severe and profound learning disabilities (SLD/ PMLD). The modules are free-standing and can be studied in any order. For the written assignments in each module, you will be expected to complete around ‘200 hours of student effort’.

The themes are:

  • Understanding SLD/ PMLD
  • Assessment and Planning
  • Interventions
  • Curriculum
  • Facilitating Learning.

SLD/ PMLD: Reflective Practice

SLD/ PMLD: Enhancing Quality

SLD/ PMLD: Developing Innovations 

For those who wish to carry on and gain the MEd, a practical project (Special Studies), a dissertation and the Practitioner Inquiry in Education (PIE) will also need to be completed.  

Considering postgraduate study, but unsure whether you meet the entry requirements for a Masters-level degree? Postgraduate admissions guidelines vary by course and university, but can be quite flexible.

Your existing qualifications will be important, but you don’t necessarily need a great Bachelors degree to apply for a Masters. Your personal circumstances and experience may also be considered during the admissions process.

This guide explains the typical entry requirements for a Masters, which include:

      • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject – Depending on the programme and institution, you may need a 2.1 in your Bachelors, but this isn’t always the case
      • Language proficiency – If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to display a certain ability level, usually through a language test
      • Professional experience – Some postgraduate programmes may require you to have some professional experience (this is usually the case for PGCEs and Masters in Social Work)
      • Entrance exams – These are only required in certain subject areas and qualifications, including some MBAs

Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2020/21

MSc:  Full-time £9,900. Part-time £4,950
Postgraduate Diploma:  Full-time £6,660. Part-time £3,300

   

Tuition fees for International students 2020/21

MSc: Full time £23,310
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £15,540

Assessment

You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

This programme is for a range of professionals and practitioners who work with children and adults with learning difficulties in educational settings across the severe and profound range (SLD/ PMLD, including autism where is overlaps). Most learners with SLD/ PMLD  use specialist services such as special schools or colleges but some use inclusive services in nurseries, mainstream schools or community education and the programme will cover issues for staff who work in any of these services with particular emphasis on working together to meet needs.

Comments from former students

Thanks again for such a wonderful weekend of campus study. Fascinating, rigorous and inspiring.

I just wanted to email to say a massive thank you for last weekend. You really are so inspiring and I left feeling very refreshed. It is so nice to be around other professionals who understand and have the same teaching approaches as myself.