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PgCert Behavioural Issues in Schools

Course Description

This course will enable you to develop your understanding of concepts, theories and approaches to school/college student behaviour identified as challenging in some respect, know how to assess and address such behaviour, and develop the skills to improve aspects of institutional provision in ways that will support improved behaviour and, hence, learning and achievement also.

You will be studying on a course specifically designed for education professionals, which is focused on:
• approaches to understanding problematic student behaviour in the context in which it occurs
• ways in which the learning environment influences behaviour and learning
• methods of assessing and addressing problematic behaviour and, thus, enhancing learning
• ways to audit school/college provision that relates in some way to young people’s behaviour, and highlight areas for development
• approaches to designing, implementing and evaluating plans to bring about such development.

This is an online version of the course. All the materials are available through the University’s website so you will be able to study the whole course at a distance. Support from course tutors is available through the web site, by email or by telephone.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/behavioural-issues-in-schools2#entry

Course detail

• Study on a course designed for education professionals, which will help equip you to meet a diverse range of learning needs within your teaching environment, and to support your colleagues
• Explore course content highly relevant to mainstream and special school practitioners alike, focusing on behavioural and learning needs of children and young people, and how potential barriers to learning can be removed
• Develop your understanding of concepts, theories and approaches to student behaviour, behaviour management and inclusion in schools and on your potential for influencing change
• Gain insight into challenging behaviours – causes and appropriate responses
• Benefit from a qualification that could lead you into more specialist roles in Education (such as SENCO) and/or further study (eg the National Award for SEN Co-ordinators), and may also be used as the basis for a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) claim into an MA Education course (Level 7).


• Understanding Pupil Behaviour in Schools
• Addressing Challenging Pupil Behaviour in Schools


The course provides students with a carefully planned sequence of learning opportunities to facilitate individual development through six assessments.

This sequence includes academic essays focused on understanding challenging behaviour, assessments of individual student behaviour identified as problematic, the development and implementation of plans to address this, reflection on institutional behaviour policy and a piece of small-scale research in schools/colleges.

• Assessment one, Unit 1, requires reflection on understandings of behavioural problems, taking individual students’ contexts into account. The second and third involve assessing a learner whose behaviour is seen as challenging, and designing, developing, implementing and evaluating a plan designed to address this behaviour.

• Assessments in Unit 2 relate to analysis and reflection on current school/college policy on behaviour, and the design, development, implementation and critical evaluation of a small-scale research project focused on effecting change in the institution that will have a positive impact on student behaviour.


Typically graduates of this course either continue working in their own institutions or else are promoted to positions of greater responsibility.

Successful completion results in 60 Masters’ level credits that may be used towards an MA Education.


For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

Visit the PgCert Behavioural Issues in Schools page on the University of Bedfordshire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.Course participants will need to:• have qualified teacher status (QTS);• be practising teachers working in the area of special educational needs provision in schools;• study EDC085-6 in advance of EDC087-6;• have regular (i.e. several times a week) access to a computer.

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