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Behavioural Issues in Schools PGCert

University of Bedfordshire

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    University of Bedfordshire

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About the course

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.

Why choose this course?

  • 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).

How will I be assessed?

Each unit in this course has its own assessment. Wherever possible, the specific focus of assignments is negotiated individually between the unit tutor and the student, within the parameters of the unit, in order to ensure that the assignment meets the personal and professional needs of the student. The course provides students with a carefully planned and coherent sequence of learning opportunities that facilitate their development via diagnostic, formative and summative assessments. There are six assessments across the two units which are designed to evaluate understanding of theoretical concepts through their application in a practical context.

Tuition fees

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£ 4,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Bedfordshire

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  • Campus address

    University of Bedfordshire, Park Square, Luton, Luton, LU1 3JU, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    54th out of 81 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    105 53%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.16 83%



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