Taught course

Visual Impairment: Mandatory and Non-Mandatory Qualification for Teachers of Children with Visual Impairment

University of Birmingham · School of Education

Entry requirements

In addition, it is a requirement that applicants are teachers with DfE Qualified Teacher Status (or equivalent) and will normally have a minimum of three years teaching experience. They must also demonstrate that they will have access to children with visual impairment throughout the duration of the programme. Applicants who are not currently working with children with visual impairment will be required to undertake a programme of visits as directed by the programme tutors, and/or to align themselves to an appropriate school or service prior to commencing their studies.

Months of entry


Course content

This distance-learning course is aimed at teachers with Qualified Teacher Status who work with children and young people with a visual impairment.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop the knowledge, understanding and skills that will enable teachers to work confidently and effectively in a variety of educational settings with children who have visual impairment, with their families and with the professionals who support them
  • To develop critical and analytical enquiry-based learning skills to enable teachers to work successfully in the range of contexts where children with visual impairment are educated
  • To provide a conceptual framework that is derived from relevant literature and research, and structured around the national SEN specialist standards for the Mandatory Qualification in Visual Impairment

Students will be required to attend University based study-weekends and regional tutorials as specified throughout the programme. The programme includes a taught Braille component, an assessed teaching placement and a negotiated programme of visits to specialist provision. Most of the module content will be delivered online and as such we recommend that students have suitable internet access prior to commencing their studies.

On successful completion of the PG Diploma students may transfer to the MEd programme (Education of Children with Visual Impairment). This is usually undertaken as an additional year of study and requires completion of a research methods module (4000 words) and a dissertation (15000 words). An additional fee is payable for this period of study

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MEd
    part time
    36-72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36-72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    24-48 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-48 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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