Manchester Metropolitan University

PgCert

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Delivered by a national and internationally known expert in AAC
  • The content reflects contemporary practice at an advanced practitioner level
  • Multidisciplinary-opportunities to share practice with people from a range of disciplines

For NHS North West staff, funding for this course may be available via Health Education North West. Please see www.cpd-applynw.nhs.uk for more information.

About the course

For the PGCert AAC you will need to successfully complete the three core units. 

  • Evidence Based Assessment in Complex Communication Need
  • Evidence Based Intervention in Complex Communication Need
  • Contemporary Issues in Practice (Independent study unit)
  • Evidence Based Assessment in Complex Communication Need

Key course content:

  • Research methodologies that underpin assessment construction
  • Consideration of models of speech, language and communication acquisition in children and adults
  • Consideration of models of impaired speech, language and communication
  • The relationship between current assessment techniques and their relevance to specific medical diagnoses, eg motor neuron disease, cerebral palsy, and their related speech and language diagnoses, e. dysarthria, will be critiqued against a backdrop of holistic assessment.
  • Drawing from earlier unit content, current practices in AAC assessment will be explored. Students will critically evaluate the theoretical principles behind current AAC assessment techniques, eg message construction methodologies, symbol system evaluation, aided system evaluation.

Assessment details 

Essay: 2,000 word review of the literature

Case study: 2,500 word exploration of assessment principles in relation to one or more clients 

Evidence Based Intervention in Complex Communication Need

Key course content:

  • Theories of intervention will include (i) research methodologies that underpin intervention construction, (ii) consideration of models of speech, language and communication acquisition in children and adults, and (iii) consideration of models of impaired speech, language and communication.
  • The relationship between current intervention techniques and their relevance to specific medical diagnoses, eg motor neuron disease, cerebral palsy, and their related speech and language diagnoses, eg dysarthria, will be critiqued against a backdrop of holistic interventions involving the MDT.
  • Current practices in AAC intervention eg language production and construction methodologies, symbol system learning and organisation, aided system features and relevance to communication use in naturalistic contexts.
  • Students will reflect on their learning and practice by constructing their own repertoire of evidenced clinical interventions in AAC, eg single case design, applications of cognitive neuropsychology, motor planning and learning.

Assessment details

Essay: 2,000 word review of the literature

Case study: 2,500 word exploration of intervention principles in relation to one or more clients 

Contemporary Issues in Practice (Independent study unit) (20 credits)

The Contemporary Issues in Practice unit can offer you an opportunity to perform a detailed literature review that you can use to demonstrate to your team, managers or commissioners that an intervention you use is underpinned by research and clinical evidence. This information could be used to support a business case. Are there areas where you and your team are undertaking innovative practice? This CPD unit can give you the support to evaluate and write about your innovative work and prepare you to share and disseminate your knowledge with colleagues, or wider, to a more formal healthcare audience.

Units can be spread over more than one year but normally students on a PGCert are expected to enrol and complete 20 credits annually. It is ideal for the theory and practical based units to be completed prior to the independent study unit however, this is not essential. It may benefit your learning if the theory unit is completed prior to the practical unit but again this is not essential.

Assessment details

An assignment of 4,500 words or equivalent, appropriate to the student’s field of practice.

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Teaching Staff

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/health-professions/staff/

Typical entry requirements

Applicants must have a UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in a Health and Social Care or education discipline.

Applicants with a relevant diploma and who have gained significant clinical and professional experience will also be considered for entry on to these units. 

For other practitioners (speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, specialist teachers, clinical scientists), experience of working with AAC is essential

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

How do I apply for this course?

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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If you are unable to apply online, you can apply for full- and part-time taught courses by completing the postgraduate application form. There are exceptions for some professional courses – the course information on our on-line prospectus will give you more information in these cases.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

Career options after the course

Post-graduate qualifications in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) will support you in a specialist practitioner role for AAC. With ever changing service delivery models this could include specialised AAC services, local specialist AAC provision and independent specialist AAC provision.

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

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