PGCert Deaf Education (International Pathway) / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

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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: