Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
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The PG Diploma in Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Difficulties is delivered by Oxford Brookes University in partnership with the mental health charity SEBDA.
This two year, part time online Diploma generates 120 masters level credits. You can exit the Diploma after one year with a Post Graduate Certificate in SEMH (60 credits) or go on to study a full masters degree.
Our team includes specialist teachers, authors, psychologists, behaviour support professionals and SEN advisers - all with expertise in supporting children and young people with mental health needs.
The Diploma will enhance your understanding, skills and expertise of children and young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. You will learn practical, theoretical and research issues relating to SEMH, which you will relate to your own professional context and practice.
Please note, it is important that you are working with children and/or young people in a professional setting when you undertake the Diploma.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Our distance learning Diploma is challenging, interactive and focused on the effective support for children and young people with SEMH needs.
The Diploma is completed across two academic years. A key theme involves the contrast between the ‘social model’ and the ‘medical model’ of understanding SEMH needs. You will be encouraged to reflect on the context in which SEMH needs first emerge within individuals.
After year 1, you can exit the course with the award of PG Cert: Social Emotional Mental Health Difficulties. Most students continue into year 2 where you will reflect on the ecology of SEMH difficulties and begin a critical exploration of complex SEMH needs including childhood trauma, anger management, self-harm, eating disorders, anxiety and depression.
A research methods module is also included in Year 2 to ensure that you are in a position to access a dissertation year following the Diploma to complete a full MA Education (SEND).
Learning and teaching
You will study the course online over 2 years part time.
- a comprehensive induction programme
- two and a half virtual study days per year
- a minimum of 2 small group or individual tutorials per semester
- support from tutors who are experienced practitioners in the field of SEMH.
- fortnightly structured units of study which include:
- guided independent study tasks
- audio and video presentations
- interactive activities
- collaborative working via online discussions
- critical reflection.
The course will mostly be delivered asynchronously. This means that you can access the course irrespective of your personal responsibilities, work commitments, learning preferences or geographical time zone.
Synchronous activities are arranged at times agreed by the students involved or recorded and posted online.
At the end of the first year you may choose to exit the course with the award of Postgraduate Certificate: Social Emotional Mental Health Difficulties (60 credits).
Your assessment for the majority of modules will be a single 4,000 word submission at the end of the Module that will include:
▪ A written summative assignment (3,000 words)
▪ A summary of your reflective journal (500 words) and a summary of the online
discussion (500 words)
Your assessment will also include your contributions to online discussions with your peers throughout the module and your contributions to your personal reflective journal. Your assessment for the Research Methods and SEMH Module 5, will be a report on the focus group research activity you will have undertaken with adults during the module.
The School of Education, Humanities and Languages 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
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.
By completing this course, you've demonstrated a professional interest and commitment to this important area of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). You’ve gained a qualification that builds your expertise and professional knowledge. It supports your career progression in the field of SEND. And it may also open up new opportunities for you to explore.
Below are graduate examples of career advancement in the field of SEND:
- Support staff participating in strategic development groups
- Promotion of mainstream staff to SEMH roles within mainstream
- Mainstream staff securing posts in specialist provision
- Promotion of course graduates to headships of specialist provisions
- Graduates have secured roles in advisory services or gained promotion to advisory services.
Specific entry requirements
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.
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.
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
International qualifications and equivalences
How to apply
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
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.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
Being a member of SEBDA will give you £100 cashback on your course fees.
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It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
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Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.