PGCert Deaf Education (International Pathway)

Year of entry: 2022

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Degree awarded
Postgraduate Certificate
1 year full-time
Number of places/applicants
15 places.
How to apply

Please apply via our online application form.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PGCert N N Y N

Course overview

  • Broaden your knowledge of how deaf children learn through this distance learning programme suitable for teachers and practitioners.
  • Study on the most pioneering deaf education course in the UK at a university that has been developing expertise in this area for 100 years.
  • Access the latest research about the wide-ranging impact of deafness on language acquisition, literacy and holistic development.
  • Learn about Audiological Management and apply this to the context of deaf children.
  • You will take four units over a year. This will require the equivalent of one day a week minimum commitment.

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2022, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PGCert (full-time distance learning)
    UK students (per annum): Not Applicable
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £6,800

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK students (fees are typically fixed for International/EU students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information visit: postgraduate fees.

Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification.

Additional expenses

There are no additional course expenses as long as learners have access to the internet and access to a computer for their studies. The course is fully accessible online as a distance learner.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).


For the latest university-wide scholarship and bursary information, please visit the fees and funding page.

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 543 4705
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English-speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found on the GOV.UK website ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS: 7.0, including 7.0 in the written section 
  • TOEFL 100, including 25 in the written section

See further information about requirements for your country.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Professional entry qualification

You should currently be working outside the UK in a teaching or support role. You may be already working with deaf children or may wish to do so in the future.

You must also hold a relevant honours first degree (Upper Second or above, or equivalent) from an approved higher education institution or evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience that the University accepts as qualifying you for entry. If you do not hold an Upper Second degree, you may still be considered on an individual basis, based on professional experience. Please contact us to discuss your suitability by emailing  

If you have non-UK teaching qualifications you must evidence that your teaching qualifications are recognised in your home country.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

How your application is considered

We consider your application via the online application form, with an emphasis on continuing professional development and appropriate references. Complete applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Interview requirements

Programme staff will interview all applicants using Zoom or Microsoft Teams.


Deferrals will be accepted if appropriate medical or other evidence is provided in accordance with the University regulations.


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Rapid developments in audiology and our understanding of language, communication and educational practice make teaching and learning for deaf children an exciting area of study.

The PGCert Deaf Education (International) course uses an evidence-based approach to meeting the diverse needs of deaf children and places a strong emphasis on the translation of theory to practice.

You will have the opportunity to access the latest research about the wide-ranging impact of deafness on language acquisition, literacy and holistic development. You will learn about Audiological Management and apply this to the context of deaf children in your own setting.


This course aims to provide you with the theoretical knowledge to support the teaching and learning of deaf children. We want to ensure you have the knowledge to help deaf children achieve their full potential.

Special features

High-quality teaching

You will learn from a multi-professional team within a highly specialised and internationally recognised department. Deaf Education at Manchester works alongside the associated disciplines of Speech and Language Therapy and Audiology, giving you a unique experience that fully equips you with the skills needed to teach deaf children and young people.

We ensure that our teaching is reflective of the range of perspectives and philosophies that are represented in the field.

Teaching and learning

You will take four units over a year. This will require the equivalent of one day a week minimum commitment.

All four units within the certificate are provided online and learners study them at a distance. This provides the opportunity to learn at your own rate, at a time and place that suits you. The course is set within a framework of online support and workshops to ensure you have the chance to meet and share ideas. 

Coursework and assessment

We use a variety of assessment methods, including written assignments, case reports and an audiological log book. As part of the course, there are opportunities for formative assessments that help to shape individual studies but do not contribute to the final marks.

Course unit details

Detailed unit information can be found by clicking on the links in the course unit list below.

Watch our unit overview videos

You can watch brief introductions to some of our units plus the teaching placements on YouTube.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Language Acquisition HCDI60240 15 Mandatory
Developing Deaf Child HCDI60260 15 Mandatory
Curricular Access HCDI60280 15 Mandatory
Audiological Management HCDI61230 15 Mandatory

What our students say

Read about our students' experiences of the MSc/PGDip Deaf Education course and our graduates' subsequent careers by reading their posts on the Biology, Medicine and Health Student blog.


Online facilities

You will be able to access a range of online facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email:


Career opportunities

The Postgraduate Certificate will support progression to a career working with deaf children and young people. This is a diverse remit and many associated roles may be applicable. Graduates may be working in a teaching or support capacity.

Applicants need to check the requirements of specific roles in their home countries.

Read a blog post from one of our graduates about what a typical working day as a Teacher of the Deaf in the UK involves.