The Postgraduate Certificate in Adults with Learning Disabilities is a part-time distance learning course for staff working in supervisory or professional positions in services for adults with learning disabilities. The course is provided as continuing professional development, responding to topics identified in a comprehensive training needs analysis.
Postgraduate; leading to a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)
Eight months part time
The School will accept one of the following as appropriate entry qualifications:
If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
English language proficiency. See English language tests and qualifications.
£2,160 (full PG Certificate); £540 per module.
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Adults with Learning Disabilities is a part-time distance learning course run by the School of Psychology and Neuroscience. The programme is intended to be studied within one calendar year from October to September.
The course is delivered via online modules through the University of St Andrews' online electronic platform. Students will have access to research publications, electronic databases, relevant research and good practice and the University's library resources.
Over the course of the programme, students will take four optional modules. It is possible to enrol for individual modules as stand-alone courses, or as a way of finding out whether the content and format of this distance learning programme is suitable for students' employment or career purposes. Typically, each module is completed within two months and requires between 90 and 120 hours of study time, including completion of assessments. Module teaching materials are delivered online where students will have access to additional reference materials.
Students complete assessments online. Assessment methods include multiple choice questions, short answer assignments, reference searches, analysis of published research and longer written pieces. There is no final exam for the course.
University tutors are available for support via email and telephone.
Each module typically comprises:
For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue.
Students choose four out of the following six modules:
The modules listed ran in the academic year 2015-2016 and are indicative of this course. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2016 entry.
Take a look at the most up to date modules in the module catalogue.
The School of Psychology and Neuroscience offers distance learning courses at the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc levels in Adults with Learning Disabilities.
Graduates from the programme entered or continued their work in a variety of occupations, including:
The Careers Centre offers one-to-one advice to all students on a taught postgraduate course and offers a programme of events to assist students to build their employability skills.
Admission to the University of St Andrews is governed by our Admissions policy.
As a research intensive institution, the University ensures that its teaching references the research interests of its staff, which may change from time to time. As a result, programmes are regularly reviewed with the aim of enhancing students' learning experience. Our approach to course revision is described online. (PDF, 72 KB).
The University will clarify compulsory fees and charges it requires any student to pay at the time of offer. The offer will also clarify conditions for any variation of fees. The University’s approach to fee setting is described online. (PDF, 84 KB).