The PgCert in Augmentative and Alternative Communication supports practitioners from across a number of disciplines to lead AAC assessment and intervention in the workplace. The units that make up this award have already supported the academic development of practitioners from speech and language therapy, psychology, education, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, clinical science and IT.
This award enables the student to study an assessment and an intervention based unit at level 7 before completing an independent study unit. The independent study unit will facilitate students use of their knowledge and skills to develop a work based project that will be unique to their practice/workplace.
The PgCert in Augmentative and Alternative Communication can be taken as a stand alone programme or as part of the MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care. Applications to the MSc can be made using our online form. Should you wish to only apply for the PgCert or PgDip, please apply using the postgraduate application form.
UK and EU students
UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £945 per 20 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island students
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £1612 per 20 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400
Manchester Campus. All modules are delivered in Manchester but the Contemporary Issues in Practice module offers flexible delivery options.
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.
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.
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.
An assignment of 4,500 words or equivalent, appropriate to the students field of practice.
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.
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/
Why study in Manchester?
Manchester - a truly international city
Manchester is an international city, with world class transport and infrastructure not only to regional locations, but nationally and internationally. Home to one of the largest international airports, Manchester really is a gateway to the world.
Building on our impressive location and accessibility, we are a University with big ambitions. With a recent £350m investment in our facilities we have provided impressive new facilities for the School of Art, Business and Law and most recently the superb £139m Brooks building. Brooks is home to two of our faculties, Education and Health, Psychology and Social Care. With our investment, we have modernised the student experience, providing state of the art facilities and equipment to support you in your studies.
Located at the heart of the thriving and cosmopolitan Manchester City Centre our Manchester Campus is home to over 30,000 students and provides a fantastic student experience- the combination of a dynamic academic centre and a vibrant, cultural and social scene attracting students from over 130 countries.
Why study at Manchester Metropolitan?
Manchester Metropolitan University is placed in the top 3% of global universities and with an international student population of over 3,000, the University hosts students from over 120 countries and has a strong global presence. The University’s extensive international student population is supported throughout the entire student journey, from application, pre-arrival and induction and during study. For more information on international student support, please visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international.
We are experts in teaching, enterprise and research, providing international students with the academic experience and professional support they need to achieve their goals. Our academic teaching staff, professors and researchers are experienced professionals at the forefront of their fields, with well-established links in their area of expertise.
The award winning Brooks Building is home to the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care and the Faculty of Education, providing superb specialist facilities for the education of Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, Allied Health Professionals and those wishing to work with children.
A community campus, the ground floor is open to the public and provides sporting and social facilities, cafes and green spaces for individual study, meetings and informal group working. There is also a Physiotherapy and Acupuncture clinic.
The upper four floors provide specialist teaching equipment and facilities, such as:
- clinical skills laboratories,
- simulation suites and equipment
- gait analysis laboratories,
- social development laboratories
- Speech and language therapy clinics
- And a range of Psychological experimentation equipment and laboratories.
Dedicated student support
The Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care has full service student hub on-site that provides a host of student support services. A Careers and Employabilty Service is also available on the first floor of the building, offering a host of information resources, one-to-one careers support and employability events throughout the year.
Get involved in university life
As a student in Manchester, you can join a range of student societies which are run by the Student’s Union. This includes a number of sport and special interest societies and the International Society.
Enjoy everything Manchester has to offer
Manchester is one of the most extensive higher education centres in Europe and second only to London as the most popular city for students in the UK. Our city centre campus is perfectly placed for you to enjoy this unforgettable city and our home in the Brooks Building, is just a short walk from the retail and cultural heart of the city centre.
Manchester and the region are well served by motorways and reliable public transport, so other cities are within easy reach and London is only a two hour train ride away. Manchester International Airport is just 10 miles (16km) south of the city centre, with flights to a huge variety of European and International destinations.
Living in Manchester
Manchester is world famous for its football, legendary music and a thriving arts and cultural scene with many museums, galleries and festivals to explore. The city is a hive of creativity and inspiration due to its rich industrial heritage and offers a vibrant and cosmopolitan quality of life. That’s why Manchester was voted UK’s most liveable city in 2015.
Find out more about what Manchester has to offer.
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.
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