Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University

Social and Emotional Learning

This Postgraduate Certificate is for teachers and others involved in education who are interested in exploring the social and emotional dimensions of learning. The course involves developing a creative, nurturing and reflective approach to your professional practice and exploring practical issues and developing effective responses in your own setting. You will be supported in improving your critical and leadership skills in working with children and families with diverse needs, in the context of current political and organisational priorities. This pathway is an exciting development supported by our partnership with the Family Links charity that works extensively with professionals and parents to improve the social and emotional climate within schools, classrooms and families.

Entry requirements

You will normally need a degree or equivalent level qualification. However, we recognise that some applicants may not meet these standard requirements, yet may have other appropriate skills, knowledge and experience. In this case you may be offered the opportunity to complete an orientation module or a portfolio to demonstrate your ability to work at level 7.

Course modules

In module 1, you will engage critically with the theory, rationale and practice of social and emotional learning, focussing particularly on schools. The module draws on critical exploration, application and evaluation of the approaches of the Family Links Nurturing Programme, as a case study in the broader context of a range of theoretical and professional perspectives.

In module 2 you will reflect deeply and authentically on your own experiences of emotions in education as a teacher and as a learner.

In module 3, you will explore creative approaches to empowering the social and emotional development within your school community or other education setting; and engage critically with issues of leadership in curriculum, pedagogy, classroom environment and lesson design.

Assessment methods

You will be required to submit three assignments of 4000 words each. These will include: Written exploration of a selected theme arising from taught sessions; Reflective journal; Small-scale action research project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time September 2017 - 1 years

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