Barriers to Learning

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Develop your knowledge and understanding of evidence-based practice. Progress in your career as an educator or carer. Make a difference to the lives of children and young people.

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This course focuses on the many, diverse physical, psychological, intellectual, social and emotional difficulties which may be encountered by children and young people.

You will examine a range of difficulties from behavioural issues, sensory/physical impairment, language development and communication difficulties and you will consider issues relating to the conceptualisation, aetiology, incidence and professional intervention of such.

Why us?

  • Research in Education at Sunderland has been described as ‘world-leading’ by the latest Research Excellence Framework
  • Study this course on an evening to fit around your work and life commitments

Course structure

You will be taught via tutor and group-led discussion sessions, case studies, lectures, seminars and independent learning. You will be assessed by:

  • A written assignment (4,000 words)
  • A learning programme (1,000 words)

This module includes:

  • Barriers to Learning

Study the different levels of analysis from within-individual to systemic and the close relationship between conceptualisation and forms of intervention. Examine the issues surrounding the practical application of a differentiated scheme of work designed to address the learning needs of a child/adult with an identified area of difficulty that presents as a barrier to effective learning.

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This course is delivered at the David Goldman Informatics Centre at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's.

Entry requirements

We expect applicants to already be in a senior leadership/teacher or education/care role.

You will have previously completed an undergraduate degree.

Fees and finance

The course fees vary depending on your status:

  • Accredited course fee: £1032
  • Partnership School fee: £495
  • Alumni fee: £826
  • Non-accredited fee: £295

If you're unsure which fee is right for you, please contact CaPE.

Start dates for this course are also available on request from CaPE.

This information was correct at the time of publication.

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