PgCert Augmentative and Alternative Communication

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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.

Features and Benefits

For NHS North West staff, funding for this course may be available via Health Education North West. Please see for more information.

Career Prospects

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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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

Course details

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

Key course content:

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:

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.

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Department of Health Professions

Our Department of Health Professions teaches subjects including physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, and nutritional sciences.

The department is committed to ensuring its courses stay relevant and up-to-date with current professional practice, by maintaining links with colleagues in clinical practice and research.

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Taught by experts

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.

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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).

Additional Information

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).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

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

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

Up to £10,609 available to students who live in England

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Alumni Loyalty Discount

Rewarding our graduates

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How to apply

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.

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.


Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

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