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Additional Support for Learning (Visual Impairment) MEd, PgDip, PgCert

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MEd Additional Support for Learning (Visual Impairment) (ICL) - 2-6 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)
PgDip Additional Support for Learning (Visual Impairment) (ICL) 1-4 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)
PgCert Additional Support for Learning (Visual Impairment) (ICL) - 1-2 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)

Fees & costs information

Where available, individual programme fees are linked above. For details information on fee status, policies and payment see:

You will pay the tuition fees for this part-time intermittent programme on a course-by-course basis rather than paying for the entire programme at the outset. At 2015/16 rates for UK/EU students, this would cost:

  • MEd: £7,875 (includes additional costs)
  • PgDip: £5,625 (includes additional costs)
  • PgCert: £2,700

As fees change each year, the total cost will depend on the length of time you take to complete your programme.

Some courses involve costs in addition to the normal course fee.

  • Inclusion of Children with Visual Impairment: Policy and Practice (EDUA11244): The local authority will be charged for the travel costs of the placement tutor visiting the teacher in their own workplace for one observation.
  • Issues and Strategies for Teaching and Learning (Visual Impairment) (EDUA11247): This course has an additional fee of £225 to cover the cost of an additional day of practical skills tuition on Sighted Guide Techniques.
  • Assessing Pupils/Students with visual impairment (EDUA11245): This course has an additional fee of £225 to cover the cost of specialist provision at the Royal Blind School.
Contact information
Postgraduate Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 3121
Rachel O'Neill (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 6429
Address: Moray House School of Education
Old Moray House
Holyrood Campus

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.

Entry requirements

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, and currently be working with, or have access to, learners with a visual impairment, including those with additional disabilities.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module and 6.5 in writing)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each section and 23 in writing)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections and 61 in writing)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module and 176 in writing)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

Find out more about our language requirements:

How to apply

You must submit a reference with your application.

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Programme description

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.

There is also the option to complete a Master of Education degree, for which you must also produce an independently researched dissertation.

Courses may include:

  • Assessing Pupils/Students with Visual Impairment
  • Collaborative Working in Children’s Services
  • Conceptualising Research
  • Education for All
  • Inclusion of Children with Visual Impairment: Policy and Practice
  • Issues and Strategies for Teaching and Learning (Visual Impairment)
  • Sources of Knowledge

Career opportunities

The skills you gain with this qualification will enhance your confidence and ability to take on a wider range of roles in this area of teaching. You may also choose to continue on to an advanced research degree, e.g. MEd or EdD.

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