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On completion of this level 7 module the student will have the knowledge and skills to assess people who display challenging behaviours, and to contribute to the construction of a plan of care for these clients (under supervision). Any student who meets the module prerequisites may take the module as a stand-alone module. Assessment is by coursework.

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People with learning disabilities have a right to live in local communities and to access the same range of facilities as others in society do. One of the greatest challenges to this is the behavioural difficulties that a significant number of people with learning disabilities display. Therefore, staff that work with people with learning disabilities and their families across a range of settings need to develop the skills and knowledge to offer positive support to this client group and their families. The initial skills and knowledge necessary to do this involves: being able to identify challenging behaviour, develop understanding of the functions of such behaviours and undertaking assessments of individuals who display challenging behaviour.

This module is available as a standalone module / credit bearing module.


100% Coursework


Module runs over a 12 week period in total. All students are expected to attend all classes associated with the programme and be punctual and regular in attendance (where applicable). Attendance will be monitored at the University and Employers are informed of all absences.

Entry requirements

  • Satisfy the University’s general entry requirements as set out in the prospectus or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL).
  • Hold a degree in Nursing or equivalent or demonstrate their ability to undertake the course through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL).
  • English language requirements for international applicants. Please contact the module co-ordinator

Start dates

  • 29 January 2018
How to apply


Interested self-funded candidates should make a direct application using the University's online application system which can be accessed via the University homepage or by using the following link:

Anyone who will be receiving a Commissioned place from the Department of Health (DoH) in Northern Ireland) via their HSC Trust should contact the Practice Education Team in their Health and Social Care Trust in order to obtain a Commissioned Application Form. The HSCT will manage your application. Please DO NOT apply directly via the University online application system.

How to apply

Start dates

  • 29 January 2018

Fees and funding

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Northern Ireland & EU:

Fees information

Please note fees displayed are for 2016/17 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing.



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