Taught course

Positive Behaviour Support

University of Kent · School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Entry requirements

Students must have either completed the Diploma in Higher Education of Positive Behaviour Support or else have a recent, relevant degree.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

Months of entry


Course content

This practice-based programme gives you the knowledge and skills that appeal to employers such as the NHS, local authority adults' and children's services, schools and the voluntary and private social and healthcare sector. It focuses on sound assessment and understanding of the reasons for challenging behaviour, teaching constructive ways to support the individual and people around the individual. This programme is an undergraduate course (level 6 or stage 3).

Our Graduate Diploma in Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) comprises four modules, some unique to PBS students and some shared with Tizard students on our Autism Studies programmes. You attend campus for one workshop at the start of each academic year and an additional exam workshop toward the end of the year.

Our programme produces graduates competent in the assessment of challenging behaviour and the co-production of strategies likely to result in better support. It provides you with the knowledge of clinical and person-centred best practice, preparing you for a career in education and adult services in highly specialist and leadership roles.

The programme will attract parents, teachers and health professionals, social care specialists, support workers, team leaders and service managers, as well as those eager to further both their knowledge and practice, and career opportunities.

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages.

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Plese see our funding pages for the most current information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • GradDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
+44 (0)1227 827373