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Education: Challenging Behaviour (PGCert)

Course Description

This is a three module course that will give you an overview of individual and contextual factors which may influence children and young people's behaviour. You will explore challenging behaviour from a variety of perspectives.

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/pgcert-education-challenging-behaviour/

Why choose this course?

- This course has been specifically designed for those working with children and young people who exhibit challenging behaviour.

- The course will be particularly relevant to those wishing to explore a variety of alternative perspectives in relation to understanding challenging behaviour and associated social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

- The course is taught in collaboration with professionals working in a variety roles in settings within Oxfordshire Local Authority.

- You will be able to network with other practitioners and to have access to information about local jobs specialising in work with children and young people who exhibit challenging behaviour.

- The School of Education at Oxford Brookes combines high quality teaching and significant research and consultancy activity.

- The School is a focal point for lively, informed debate on education through close partnership with local schools and colleges and our open seminar and lecture programmes.

This course in detail

Module structure
- Challenging Behaviour
This module explores challenging behaviour from a variety of perspectives and provides you with an overview of individual and contextual factors which may influence children and young people's behaviour. During seminar workshops you will discuss theoretical perspectives in relation to problematising children and young people's social, emotional and mental health. Particular attention will be paid to 'causes' of challenging behaviour, individual and whole school approaches to managing behaviour and the importance of recognising pupil voice and increasing pupil participation. You will be encouraged to reflect on, and critique, alternative educational provisions.

- Action Research (double module)
You will determine the content of the sessions by focusing on the inquiries selected by both yourself and others, adopting a 'learning set' approach. Group seminars and workshops will provide a structured introduction to action research followed by the development of small working groups to support the stages of individual projects and provide peer group support. Your tutor will signpost you to relevant academic theory and research and support material from the MA in Education online resources.

Teaching and learning

The first module, 'Challenging Behaviour', requires regular evening attendance (seven evening sessions) in the Autumn and this is followed by a double action research module in which you will complete a research project in your own school based on work with children / young people with behaviour difficulties.

This research project will be supported by six workshops between January and June, and individual tutorial support based around your particular project.

Attendance pattern

Workshops take place on Wednesday evenings 5.00 - 8.00pm on the Harcourt Hill Campus.

How this course helps you develop

The PGCert aims to develop reflective practitioners at master's level.


Your learning on the course may lead to better prospects for career advancement and students may change role / direction as a function of developing new understandings and skills from their work on the course.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Visit the Education: Challenging Behaviour (PGCert) page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Students should normally have a first degree.

Course Fees

Home / EU: Part-time £590 per single module; International: Part-time £1,415 per single module

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