Taught course

Teaching Learners with a Visual Impairment

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

This MA is a 60 credit top-up for graduates of the PgDip Teaching Learners with a Visual Impairment QTVI who want to further their professional and academic development.

  • Designed to support students who have completed the PgDip Mandatory Qualification for Teaching Learners with a Visual Impairment to undertake a research project in an area of your choice
  • Person-centred inclusive thinking and teaching approaches designed to engage you as a self-directed learner and reflective practitioner
  • Lead by experts in the field of education who bring both extensive academic and professional expertise
  • Benefit from the flexibility of a programme that enables you to fit study around your work commitments person reading brailleLJMU is one of only three providers to offer an MA in Teaching Learners with a Visual Impairment.

Information for international students

Further information is also available from our international web pages.

Fees and funding

Please see course page for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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