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Education - Advanced Study in SEMH Difficulties

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Key facts


Start dates

September 2020

Course length

Part time: 12 months

Department

School of Education

Overview


Our Postgraduate Certificate in the advanced study of social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH) is offered in partnership with Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Association (SEBDA).

SEBDA is a national organisation with a history of promoting the emotional well-being of children and young people through the training of professionals who work with them. 

Our PG Cert Education – Advanced Study in SEMH Difficulties is for professionals that have already completed the Understanding and Managing SEMH Difficulties (PG Cert) or the National SENCO Award.

Our teaching staff have practical experience in managing SEMH difficulties in a range of settings. You will gain insight and training in SEMH difficulties driven by evidence-based practice.

You have the option of an autumn residential and spring study day. These will help you to develop collaboration, networking and learning skills.

The Master's-level course is delivered online. You can choose to complete it via the flexible Distance Learning option.

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How to apply


Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Students must hold a degree qualification at 2.2 or above and must be working in a relevant setting where they will be working with children and/or young people with SEMH difficulties as part of their practice.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Application process

Applications for entry in September 2020 will open soon.

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home/EU distance learning
£2,500

International distance learning
£4,500

Home/EU distance learning
£2,650

International distance learning
N/A

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2019/20
Home/EU distance learning
£2,500

International distance learning
£4,500

2020/21
Home/EU distance learning
£2,650

International distance learning
N/A

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Learning and assessment


We  teach this course predominantly by distance learning. The online activities can generally be completed at a self-paced rate but there will be some opportunities for synchronous online engagement.

There are also two optional residential study days.

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Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Complex Social Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties

This module is composed of three elements that make up your assessment:

Assignment (3000 words)

You will critically evaluate the assessment and interventions associated with the professionals’ response to either anxiety/depression/self-harm/ASC/or Attachment Disorder. Provide a detailed analysis of the literature that informs the practical interventions for a specific setting (ie secondary school, care setting, Pupil Referral Unit) (3000 words – 80% weighting).

You will also create a Reflective Journal Summary (500 words – 10% weighting) and a Forum Summary (500 words – 10% weighting).

Research Methods and SEMH

The second module is composed of three elements that make up your assessment:

Assignment (3000 words).

You will undertake a small research study in your own setting. This will involve identifying your topic, formulating a research question, undertaking focus group interviews, identifying appropriate techniques for data collection and analysis, and writing up findings (3000 words – 80% weighting).
 

You will also write a Reflective Journal Summary (500 words – 10% weighting) and a Forum Summary (500 words – 10% weighting).

Advanced Intervention Social Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties

This module is composed of three elements that make up your assessment:

Assignment (3000 words).

You will compare and critically contrast the research evidence that informs professional practice in relation to one of the following SEMH difficulties: eating disorders; anger management; ADHD; OCD. (3000 words – 80% weighting).

You will also write a Reflective Journal summary (500 words – 10% weighting) and a Forum Summary (500 words – 10% weighting).

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Your learning will be through tutor-facilitated sessions and independent study.

You will take three compulsory modules (60 credits). On successful completion of the modules you will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate: Advanced Study in SEMH Difficulties (SEBDA Year two).

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

We assess each module with:

  • a 3,000 word assignment
  • a 500 word reflective journal summary
  • a 500 word forum summary.

Research


The School of Education is a thriving centre for educational research and teacher professional development.

We hold two major research conferences each year - the School of Education Research Conference and the EdD Colloquium. All students are invited to attend our annual Research

Seminar Series (which attracts both internal and external speakers).

The School’s six research groups exist to encourage engagement in research, publication, conference presentations, seminars and workshops:

  • Inclusion and Wellbeing
  • Policy, Partnership and Leadership
  • STEAM pedagogy and learning
  • Humanistic Perspectives on Education
  • Early Years
  • Applied Linguistics

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SEBDA publishes the research journal ‘Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties’ on a quarterly basis. You have access via the Brookes library services. SEBDA is also engaged with national campaigns around social, emotional and mental health.

After you graduate


Career prospects

Working at Masters level in SEMH demonstrates a professional interest and commitment to this important aspect of SEND. This qualification can support career progression and professional knowledge.

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.