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Birmingham City University: Specialist Complex Needs Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment) (Top-up)

Institution Birmingham City University
Department School of Health Sciences
Telephone 0121 331 6295
Study type Taught


If you are a qualified Rehabilitation Worker for Visual Impairment and you wish to take your expertise to the next level, then this top-degree course is for you. Based at our recently extended £71 million City South Campus in Edgbaston, Birmingham, you will develop specialist techniques to enhance your current practice with adults who have a wide range of complex needs including deafblindness, dementia, mental health conditions and learning disability.

What's covered in the course?

Students who have successfully completed the Foundation Degree in Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment) or equivalent can continue their studies to achieve a BSc (Hons) in Specialist Complex Needs Rehabilitation Work (Visual Impairment).

Your first module will concentrate on working with people who have dementia or mental health conditions. In this online module you will focus upon key strategies for working with this group. Also, you will study a range of broader topics such as mental capacity.

There is a double module dedicated to up-skill and equip you to deliver specialist assessment and service provision for working with people who are Deafblind. This module is in line with the statutory requirements outlined in the Care Act 2014 in relation to conducting specialist Deafblind assessment and service provision. You will establish competence with appropriate techniques to facilitate communication, access to information and movement, orientation and mobility. This module takes a practical approach and involves work with people who are Deafblind in teaching sessions and assessments.

You will learn key techniques for working with people who have a visual impairment and a learning disability or autism. Particular attention will be focused on specialist assessment approaches, travel training techniques, independent living skills and incorporating positive behaviour strategies in your practice.

The course encompasses a range of key concepts will be examined that are pertinent to enhancing visual impairment rehabilitation work practice within a multi-disciplinary setting. You will explore skills from counselling techniques, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence based practice.

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

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