Taught course

Teachers of Children with Hearing Impairment

University of Birmingham · School of Education

Entry requirements

Please refer directly to the School of Education entry requirements web page. www.education.birmingham.ac.uk/programmes/cpd/admissions Additionally, candidates wishing to gain the GTC recognition as a qualified teacher of the deaf must already be qualified to teach school-aged children in England. We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. Learn more about international entry requirements. www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/pg/requirements/international/index Standard English language requirements apply.

Months of entry


Course content

This distance-learning programme approved by the Teaching Agency (TA) has been offered at the University of Birmingham since 1989. It is open to teachers who are qualified to teach school-aged pupils who wish to gain the mandatory qualification of teacher of the deaf. The programme aims to equip teachers who are already qualified to teach school-aged children in England to meet the relevant TA standards to achieve qualified teacher of the deaf status.
It is also open to other professionals who do not wish, or are not eligible, to obtain qualified teacher of the deaf status – for example lecturers of deaf students, communication support workers and educational psychologists. Applicants who are not qualified teachers of school-aged pupils may take the University (non mandatory) Award but will not be eligible to obtain qualified teacher of the deaf status from the TA.
Study is supported through study packs, tutorial groups, telephone, email, web based learning and online materials, and through an allocated tutor in a small tutorial group which allows students to learn with each other. Internet access is required for the programme. There is a University-based study week in January each year, at which attendance is compulsory.
Under the University modular system, the BPhil/Postgraduate Diploma Programme of Study comprises five modules; four 20-credit taught modules and one 40-credit practical module:
  • Educational Audiology (20 Credits)
  • Language and Communication in Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Pupils (20 Credits)
  • The Development of Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Children (20 Credits)
  • The Educational Management of Deaf and Hearing Impaired Pupils (20 Credits)
  • Teaching and Learning in Deaf Education (40 Credits)
  • Those teachers who wish to obtain the mandatory qualification of teacher of the deaf need to undertake a further module:
  • Assessed Teaching Placement (20 Credits)
Students who complete all parts of the programme including the optional module will gain a total of 140 credits rather than the 120 credits required for a BPhil or PG Diploma.

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Information for international students

International students can find details of scholarships at www.international.bham.ac.uk/scholarships.htm

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36-72 months


distance learning
24-48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005