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Education - Advanced Study in SEMH Difficulties


Key facts

Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020


Harcourt Hill

Course length

Part time: 12 months


School of Education


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 ideal if you work in a relevant setting with children and/or young people with:

  • social
  • emotional
  • and mental health difficulties.

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


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 this course are currently closed.

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
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Tuition fees

Home/EU distance learning

International distance learning

Home/EU distance learning

International distance learning
to be confirmed

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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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 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.


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.