Taught course

Behavioural Issues in Schools

University of Bedfordshire · Department of Applied Social Studies

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent. Course participants will need to: have qualified teacher status (QTS); be practising teachers working in the area of special educational needs provision in schools; study EDC085-6 in advance of EDC087-6; have regular (i.e. several times a week) access to a computer.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

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

Key features

  • 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).

Areas of study may include

  • Understanding Pupil Behaviour in Schools
  • Addressing Challenging Pupil Behaviour in Schools

Career prospects

Typically graduates of this course either continue working in their own institutions or else are promoted to positions of greater responsibility.

Successful completion results in 60 Masters’ level credits that may be used towards an MA Education

Information for international students

Fees are £4,000

A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See Fees and Funding for International Students for full information.

Fees and funding

Fees are £2,267

See UK/EU Postgraduate students for full information on fees and funding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1234 400 400