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Study SEMH at Masters Level - ONLINE

Our distance education courses have been running for a number of years. Hundreds of students have benefited from them from a wide range of professions such as:

  • Teachers and SENCOs from special schools, PRUs, LSUs and mainstream settings
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Learning Mentors 
  • Social Workers 
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Other professionals working with young people.

Do you wish to develop your professional knowledge and understanding around SEMH Difficulties at Masters Level? SEBDA, in partnership with Oxford Brookes University, offers two postgraduate courses for professionals working with children and/or young people with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. These Master's-level courses are delivered online as a flexible distance learning option and will enhance your understanding and skills in working with this vulnerable group.  Both courses involve an optional virtual or residential induction event in September and a further study day in the spring. Each course lasts 1 year.

Applicants should hold a first degree (2.2 or above) and should be working in a relevant setting with children or young people e.g. mainstream school, special school, youth club, social care setting or pupil referral unit. 

A beautifully designed course that was flexible enough to cater for a range of professionals. (HR. Year 1 student)

I would just like to say a very big thank you for running such an excellent, well managed and highly relevant course.   (GZ, Year 1 student)

Last week I secured a post in a special provision for students with SEMH ... thanks to the work I have completed on this course and during Year 1, the feedback I have had and the ideas everyone has shared, I was confident in interview.       (VW, Year 2 student)

The timetable and structured activities each fortnight enabled me to manage the workload, on top of working full time.      (Anonymous student feedback)

Apply now to start in September 2021.


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Year 1 Course

Understanding and Managing Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Difficulties: Postgraduate Certificate

(60 Masters credits). 

You will analyse the history of SEMH difficulties and explore a range of psychological perspectives that inform our responses to these needs. You will examine current legislation, SEMH assessment, practical interventions and neuroscientific research. Units will also focus on working with families and the promotion of emotional wellbeing. 

UK Course fee: £2700 (with £100 cashback for SEBDA members)

Individual SEBDA Membership costs only £55pa. Knowledge gained from our quarterly EBD journals will complement your studies, to top it off you gain £45 overall by joining! 

To register for more information please click here 

NB: SEBDA Members cashback incentive is claimable from SEBDA upon completion of payment of tuition fees to Oxford Brookes University, the fee payer is eligible for cashback. If fees are partly paid by a sponsor the cashback will be split in the same self/supporter ratio.

Click here for more information on how to apply for PGCert Education - Understanding and Managing SEMH Difficulties (Year 1)


Year 2 Course

Advanced Study SEMH: Postgraduate Certificate    

(60 Masters credits). In advanced studies you will undertake a critical exploration of theory and practice around trauma, anger management, self-harm, eating disorders, bereavement, anxiety and depression. In addition, emotional development, attachment theory and autistic spectrum conditions will be analysed. This postgraduate certificate also includes a research methods component. 

UK Course fee: £2700 (with £100 cashback for SEBDA members)

Individual SEBDA Membership costs only £55pa. Knowledge gained from our quarterly EBD journals will complement your studies, to top it off you gain £45 overall by joining! 

To register or for more information please click here

NB: SEBDA Members cashback incentive is claimable from SEBDA upon completion of payment of tuition fees to Oxford Brookes University, the fee payer is eligible for cashback. If fees are partly paid by a sponsor the cashback will be split in the same self/supporter ratio.

Click here for more information on how to apply for PGCert Education - Advanced Study in SEMH Difficulties (Year 2)

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