Taught course

Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Learners with a Visual Impairment (with QTVI)

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

Entry requirements

  • An Honours degree (or its equivalent) in any subject

International requirements:

  • Applicants whose graduate study or relevant experience was undertaken in languages other than English, will need to demonstrate English language proficiency to the level of an IELTS score of at least 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each component).

Extra Requirements:

  • QTS
  • PgDip with Mandatory Qualification for Teaching Learners with a Visual Impairment
  • Current employment as an educational practitioner working with visually impaired learners


RPEL applications are accepted from applicants holding the appropriate mandatory qualification, PGDip QTVI. In these cases, 120 credits will be awarded as part of the entry onto this MA programme where the following criteria has been met:

  1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the existing knowledge base and current issues relating to teaching, learning and support for visually impaired learners
  2. Demonstrate a comprehensive and critical understanding of research methodologies and debates relevant to the study of teaching, learning and support frameworks for visually impaired learners
  3. Synthesise current and original concepts for the creation and interpretation of knowledge in relation to teaching learning and support for visually impaired learners
  4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the role of the educational professional within a wider social and professional setting
  5. Apply relevant knowledge of teaching and learning for visually impaired learners to a range of complex educational situations
  6. Critically assess current practice and issues in education relating to teaching and learning for visually impaired learners, informed by theory and leading edge research and practice in the field
  7. Demonstrate creativity in the application of knowledge and development of a critical and informed perspective on how techniques of research and enquiry are used to interpret knowledge and practice in Education
  8. Acquire and synthesise data and concepts from a range of sources and conceptual frameworks and apply this in reflecting on and evaluating educational practice in relation to teaching and supporting learners with a visual impairment
  9. Demonstrate competence in the application of appropriate learning to educational practice relating to teaching and supporting visually impaired learners
  10. Manage complex situations relevant to professional practice
  11. Apply the capacity for original thinking and critical analysis and reflection on participants' professional practice
  12. Engage in a process of critical evaluation of own value systems and conceptual assumptions
  13. Communicate effectively to a wide range of individuals by a variety of means
  14. Manage time and work to deadlines
  15. Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively
  16. Be pro-active in recognising the need for change and have the ability to manage change
  17. Be adaptable and show originality, insight and reflection in dealing with professional issues
  18. Demonstrate self-direction and autonomy in dealing with professional issues
  19. Acquire effective learning strategies for the purpose of career long continuing professional development

Months of entry


Course content

Embark on this Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of Visually Impaired Learners (QTVI), delivered at St. Vincent's School, Liverpool in collaboration with LJMU.

  • Applicants will be asked to apply directly to St Vincent's School
  • The fee for the course commencing September 2023 is £3800 per year (total course fee £7600) payable annually to the Finance Department at St Vincent’s School
  • Designed by practitioners for practitioners
  • Study over two years on a distance learning basis
  • Includes six diverse Core modules including a UEB braille course
  • Take part in five residential weekends and a four week block teaching placement within a specialist or support service setting
  • Engage in work-based learning, person-centred inclusive thinking and teaching approaches designed to engage students as self-directed learners and reflective practitioners
  • Option to top-up to an MA degree by completing a 60 credit dissertation module after gaining your QTVI PgDip.

St. Vincent’s is a Specialist School for Sensory Impairments and Other Needs has been consistently rated as an ‘outstanding school’ by OFSTED in all of its school and residential provision inspections since 2008. The partnership between St. Vincent's and LJMU provides access to an environment adapted to those with visual impairment, and offers you a plethora of experience directly on site.

Training to be a Qualified Teacher of Visually Impaired Learners at St. Vincent’s School is a unique and unparalleled experience, as it is the only initial training course of its type that is delivered within the setting of a leading centre of excellence in the education of visually impaired learners.

Delivered and written by experts in the field, bringing their professional currency to the fore, this unique programme’s balance between professional practice and academic rigour stems from the relationship between Liverpool John Moores University and St Vincent’s School. You will experience practice-based learning support in schools and professional settings whilst at the same time having access to tailored support and guidance.

The MA Teaching Learners with a Visual Impairment masters degree is available as a 'top-up' once you've completed the PgDip. It involves completing one 60 credit Dissertation module, which is delivered part-time over one year. The MA start month is October.

Information for international students

Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090