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MEd, PGCert, PGDip Additional Support for Learning (Visual Impairment)


Course Description

Programme description

Designed to meet the professional development needs of teachers working with children and young people who have a visual impairment, this programme develops skills that will allow you to work in a variety of settings, ranging from specialised contexts to mainstream school placements

Our Additional Support for Learning programmes are designed to meet the needs of practising teachers and other professionals.

You will learn to apply theory effectively and engage with and influence policy that relates to the role of a teacher of visually impaired children within an inclusive environment.

You will build on your existing skills, gaining knowledge and attitudes that you can apply in cooperation with colleagues, professionals, families and carers of learners, as well as the learners themselves.

On a more technical level, you will become familiar with the effects of a range of ocular and cerebral visual impairments and be able to apply structured observation or standardised tests to identify the thresholds of functional vision or blindness of pupils and plan and teach programmes appropriately.

Programme structure

Your learning will be in the form of lectures, seminars, small-group discussions and skill-development sessions.

Most courses are offered in e-learning or blended learning format, combining on-campus and online study.

All the courses are studied part time, and you can select individual courses for your CPD needs, complete 60 credits for a Postgraduate Certificate, or complete 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma.

Career opportunities


Visit the MEd, PGCert, PGDip Additional Support for Learning (Visual Impairment) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent in a relevant discipline. Alternatively, you may be considered on the basis of employment or relevant educational experience.You should normally be registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland, or Teachers of Further Education, for further education teachers.

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