Postgraduate courses in Language and Communication Impairment in Children: PG Certificate/PG Diploma/MSc
Study mode: Part Time by Distance Learning
Duration: PGCert 1 year; PGDip 2 years; MSc 3 years (2 year option also available)
Why choose Language and Communication Impairment in Children (LACIC) at Sheffield?
This programme is for teachers, speech and language therapists and other professionals working with children with speech, language and communication impairments. Studying part-time by distance learning allows students to gain specialist qualifications without leaving their post or obtaining secondment. The multi-disciplinary nature of the course supports the development of best practice for inclusive and special education. Learning opportunities allow students to develop their knowledge and understanding and extend existing skills in working effectively with children with special educational needs.
PLEASE NOTE: This programme does NOT provide a professionally accredited qualification in either teaching or speech and language therapy.
An Advanced Certificate programme in Language and Communication Impairment in Children is also available for Learning Support and Teaching Assistants, Speech and Language Therapy Assistants and Instructors, Nursery Nurses and others working in a support role with children with language and communication impairments.
The course is offered on a part-time basis over the full calendar year (September to September).
Aims and Objectives
- Children’s Learning
- Spoken and Written Language
- Language and Communication
- Developing an Evidence Base for Practice
- Research Methods
- Optional modules:
- Communication Diversity and Difficulties topics may include: developmental language disorder (specific language impairment), autism and autistic spectrum disorders, dyslexia, literacy: special topics, multilingualism, adolescence, early years, language and the environment)
- Case Study
- Speech Difficulties
- Dissertation examples of recent projects undertaken.
There is also the option of studying for the MSc over 2 years. (Please note that the time commitment across the year is considerably higher for the 2 year MSc route. The 2 year route is only recommended for those who consistently have 20 hours plus per week available for study across the calendar year.)
For full details of the course programme, see the downloads box on the right.
Some Individual Modules can also be studied: Explore CPD Opportunities.
All modules are assessed by written work.
- Online course material
- Study weekend attendance with lectures and tutorials
A total of 3 study weekends are held each year (usually late September, late January and mid-May).
Attendance at study weekends is normally compulsory. However, students who are based outside the UK, or who have special circumstances, may be exempted.
Study time: students usually need to spend an average of 12 hours per week, for each module studied at any one time, across the full year. On the Certificate, Diploma and 3-year MSc courses, students usually study one module at a time, so study time is roughly 12 hours per week across the year. For the MSc over 2 years, students typically study two modules consecutively throughout, with correspondingly higher study time requirements.
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Applicants to the MSc programme will normally have two years' relevant work experience with children and a minimum of an upper second class degree at undergraduate level.
Applicants to the PG Certificate or PG Diploma programmes will normally have two years' relevant work experience with children and a first degree or a degree-level professional qualification.
For students who do not have English as a first language, the English language requirement for starting the course is an IELTS average score of 7 with no component less than 6, or the equivalent.
Fees and Funding
Please note that the overall cost of following the MSc by the 2 year or the 3 year route is the same.
Student Finance England (SFE) loans
If you are applying for entry to a full-time or part-time Masters course, and live in England you may be eligible to apply for a loan to support study via the government organisation Student Finance England (SFE). The process of applying for funding is separate from an application to the University. Information on the loan scheme, how to apply and contacts for further information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study. This page also has information for students from Scotland, and on other possible funding sources.
Funding for NHS employees in Yorkshire and Humber, and East Midlands
Funding to cover all or part of your study may be available through our Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) arrangements. Funding can be granted either for single modules or for a full course. However, please note that, for courses over one year’s duration, application for funding needs to be made each year to cover the following year of study. If you are interested, please first discuss your plans with your NHS manager, who will need to support your funding application. You will then need to apply to the University both for your module/course and for LBR funding. A set amount of LBR funding is available annually so, to maximise your chances of securing some, we recommend that you apply as far in advance of the start of the course as possible. Please contact our HCS Admissions support at firstname.lastname@example.org / tel. 0114 2222405 for more information.
University of Sheffield Alumni discount for new study
If you have previously studied at the University of Sheffield, you may be entitled to a 10% discount for new study. More details can be found at: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/alumni/news_archive/2013/pgt_reward.
Funding for International Students:
There are scholarships available for some non-UK, non-EU students who are studying part-time masters programmes at Sheffield.
For more information go to: http://www.shef.ac.uk/international/enquiry/money/pg and look at information for your country.
Closing Date for applications
The course commences in mid-September of each year.
Applications will usually be considered up until 31st July in each year. Applications received after 31st July may be considered if there are places still available. It is important to apply in good time for the course, as full access to the University computer network and online learning resources needs to be arranged for the start of the academic year.
How to apply
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