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Education - Understanding and Managing SEMH Difficulties

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Key facts


Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Location

Harcourt Hill

Course length

Part time: 12 months

Department

School of Education

Overview


We offer a Postgraduate Certificate in Understanding and Managing Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) difficulties in partnership with the Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Association (SEBDA).

This course is ideal if you work with children and/or young people with social and emotional difficulties as part of your practice.

You will gain insight and training in SEMH difficulties driven by evidence-based practice.

Our teaching staff are master's qualified. They have practical experience in managing SEMH difficulties in a range of settings.

At master's level, our course is mostly delivered online. We also offer a flexible distance learning option.

You will have access to the Moodle virtual learning environment. Moodle gives you access to collaborative learning activities and resources.

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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 this course are currently closed.

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
to be confirmed

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
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


This is a three module course (60 credits). On successful completion of the modules you will be awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Understanding and Managing SEMH Difficulties (SEBDA Year 1).

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Study modules

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Understanding SEMH Difficulties

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

You will write an essay exploring SEMH from a range of psychological perspectives, comparing and contrasting a number of perspectives in detail and critically evaluating theory-practice connections (3000 words – 80% weighting). You will create a Reflective Journal Summary (500 words – 10% weighting) and a Forum Summary (500 words – 10% weighting).

Managing SEMH Difficulties

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

You will write a critical evaluation of a range of SEMH assessment instruments, based on the literature (3000 words – 80% weighting). You will create a Reflective Journal Summary (500 words – 10% weighting) and a Forum Summary (500 words – 10% weighting).

Neuroscience and SEMH Difficulties

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

You will write a Special Study (3000 words). This will take the form of a work-based case study involving an individual child/young person or a group of children/young people with SEMH. Analyse and evaluate the interventions employed to support the case study. Reflect on your own practice and how it has developed since the start of the course (3000 words – 80% weighting). You will create 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

The course is mostly delivered online with two optional residential study days. You can generally complete the online activities at a self-paced rate. There will be some opportunities for synchronous online engagement.

To enhance cohort collaboration, networking and learning, you can attend:

  • an autumn residential (two days on-campus)
  • a spring study day (one day on-campus).

You will have access to:

  • online classrooms and discussion boards
  • e-journals
  • other electronic library facilities.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

The assessment for each module involves:

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