Taught course

Teachers of Children and Young People with Multi-Sensory Impairment (Deafblindness)

University of Birmingham · School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally required to have a first degree or diplomas or five years of relevant professional experience, training or other relevant qualifications.

In addition to the general entry requirements, applicants should have:

  • Department for Education (DfE) Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teaching and Learning Skills (QTLS) status or equivalent;
  • normally, a minimum of one year's teaching experience;
  • mentor support from a qualified teacher of children with multi-sensory impairment (Deafblindness); either paid employment, or a formalised volunteer role with a view to employment as a teacher of children with multi-sensory impairment (Deafblindness), in a capacity that involves regular and ongoing teaching of children and young people with multi-sensory impairment throughout the duration of the programme.

Entry to the programme will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check with barred list for children and adults.

Please note that for enrolment onto this course, Early Years Teaching Status does NOT count as qualified teacher status (QTS).

Programme staff will discuss the course with all suitable candidates.

Months of entry


Course content

Our programmes provide opportunities for professional development for those who want to make a difference to the lives of children and young people with multi-Sensory Impairment (Deafblindness).

Approved by the Department of Education and designed to fit around busy working lives, the PGDip / MA Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of Children and Young People with Multi-Sensory Impairment (Deafblindness) are blended learning programmes that enable qualified teachers (QTS or QTLS) to gain specialist skills and knowledge that make a difference to children and the adults who support them in the classroom. You will be able to work through online learning materials at your own pace and will be supported by both online tutorials and live lectures. There will also be two face to face study weekends that you must attend if you wish to gain the mandatory qualification.

Please note: an alternative course (MA Education of Learners with Multi-Sensory Impairment/Deafblindness) is also open to teachers (as well as other professionals with appropriate qualifications) working with children and young people with multi-sensory impairments who do not wish, or are not eligible, to obtain QTMSI (qualified teacher of the deaf) status.

Why study this course?

  • The University of Birmingham has successfully delivered mandatory teaching qualifications in the three specialist areas for over 30 years and a high proportion of the trained specialist teachers in the field across the UK are our alumni.
  • The Department of Disability Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) is currently the only provider in England (and the UK and Europe) in all three specialist areas. Therefore, one of the strongest aspects of our provision is the consistency and coherence of the structure and delivery of the sensory pathways.
  • The programme with its three sensory pathways exists within DISN with its strong international reputation for professional development, in a culture of research across inclusion, special education and educational psychology. You will be tutored by senior practitioners and researchers in your specialist area.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • MA
    part time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

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