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Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Schools: Advanced Practice (MSc)


Course Description

The Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Schools: Advanced Practice MSc will provide you with a detailed understanding of special educational needs in relation to children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and the relevant current legislation. It will enhance your knowledge of how children develop speech, language, literacy and numeracy, and broaden your awareness of the development and needs of children with SLCN.

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/speech-language-communication-needs-schools-advanced-practice-msc

Key Information

- Application dates
All applicants:
Open: 19 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Special. Only the IELTS is accepted. Applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements .

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international .

Degree Information

This programme provides students with the opportunity to study the first masters-level programme to be set within the Joint Professional Development Framework initiated by the children’s communication charity I CAN, gaining a qualification that is endorsed by the Department for Education, the Department of Health, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Teaching Agency.

- Core Modules
Concepts and Contexts of Special and Inclusive Education
Foundations of Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis (City University)
Language, Learning and Development (City University)
Social, Emotional and Behavioural Development
Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Schools: Advanced Practice

- Options
There are no optional modules.

- Dissertation/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

This programme is delivered via mixed mode, including face.to-face evening and daytime sessions at UCL Institute of Education and/or City University, and online learning. It is assessed by coursework and a dissertation of 12,000 words.

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships .

- IOE Centenary Masters Scholarships
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Centenary Research Scholarships
Value:
Eligibility: EU students
Criteria:

- IOE COLFUTURO Fee Partnership
Value: UCL provides a 50% contribution towards tuition fees. (1 year)
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria: Based on academic merit

IOE Commonwealth Distance Scholars
Value: Fees and some expenses
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE CONICyT Fee Partnership
Value: IoE provides a 20% contribution towards tuition fees. (1 year)
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Erasmus Bursary
Value: £350/month (1)
Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE International Master's Student Bursaries
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Vietnam International Education Development Scholarships - PGT
Value:
Eligibility: Overseas students
Criteria:

- IOE Windle Trust Scholarship
Value:
Eligibility:Overseas students
Criteria:

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas, for example one is a speech and language therapist for a London NHS Trust, while another is a specific learning difficulties co-ordinator in a school. Another recent graduate works as a co-ordinator for a speech and language therapy service.

Top career destinations for this degree:
- Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) Co-ordinator, Blossom House School (2012)
- Special Educational Needs (SEN) Officer, Royal Borough of Greenwich (2012)
- Speech and Language Therapist, Michael Palin Centre (2013)
- Teacher, Southern Road Primary School (2013)
- Science Teacher/Literacy Co-Ordinator, Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls (2013)

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Department of Psychology and Human Development brings together staff with research and teaching interests that encompass psychological approaches to learning, development and teaching from early childhood to adulthood.

SENJIT (Special Educational Needs Joint Initiative for Training) has more than 20 years experience nationally and internationally in supporting professionals and policy makers in education to contribute to better outcomes for children and young people with special education needs and disabilities (SEND).

The Centre undertakes research that supports the professional learning and knowledge exchange for educational professionals concerned with the learning and teaching of children and young people with SEND.

Application and next steps

- Applications
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

- Who can apply?
This programme is suited to qualified teachers who have an interest in speech, language and communication (SLCN) as well as speech and language therapists (including early years practitioners) working with children and young people with SLCN.

What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Schools: Advanced Practice at graduate level
- why you want to study Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Schools: Advanced Practice at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

For more information see the Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply .

Visit the Speech, Language and Communication Needs in Schools: Advanced Practice (MSc) page on the University College London website for more details!



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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class Honours degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required, as well as either a professional qualification in teaching or speech and language therapy or at least two years' experience in an educational setting working with children with speech, language and communication needs. Applicants who do not meet the direct entry criteria may complete an extended personal statement in order to gauge suitability for Master's-level study.

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