Postgraduate Taught

PgCert Collaborative Working: Education and Therapy

NB This course has undergone revalidation since the printing of our PG Prospectus 2020. The content on this page has been updated to reflect any changes following the revalidation.

This course offers an innovative interdisciplinary learning opportunity for education staff and allied health professionals. Its flexible delivery pattern means that you can fit study around your career.

There is a need for improved collaboration around children with additional needs and disabilities. Different professional systems can result in different perspectives and philosophies — things get ‘lost in translation’. More effective collaboration can make a real difference to children. This course has been developed to respond to this need.



Why QMU?

  • This PgCert will help you become a reflective, evidence-based practitioner, enhancing your abilities to make a real difference to the lives of pupils with additional needs.
  • Your course tutors will be highly experienced practitioners and research-active academics.
  • Our very active research in this field feeds directly into this course, helping to inform the teaching and keep you up to date.
  • This course is flexible to fit in with your current career. You can complete it fully online or choose a blend of online and classroom attendance.

Course overview

If you are an education or allied health professional who works with children and young people, this course may be of interest. It will equip you to support children or young people with additional support needs/special educational needs to access the curriculum and participate in school life through enhanced collaborative working.

On this course, you will:

  • Engage with contemporary inclusive learning issues, related legislative frameworks and policy, and relate these to your own practice context
  • Learn to critique evidence-based approaches and strategies to facilitate collaboration and inclusion for children with additional support needs
  • Have the opportunity to identify and advance practice in an area of innovative collaborative working within your workplace/ service

In the context of this course, ‘pupils’ are defined as children or young people who are attending school (this can be within early years, primary or secondary school, in mainstream or special school settings).These pupils have additional support needs, which are currently, or could be in the future, supported by the direct or indirect assistance of education and therapy staff working collaboratively.

Additional support needs or special educational needs could include challenges in the areas of:

  • Speech, language and communication
  • Learning difficulty (eg dyslexia)
  • Emotional/social/mental health issues
  • Physical disability
  • Complex needs

Critical evaluation of collaborative practice issues in relation to inclusive learning are central to the course. You will also have the opportunity to identify and advance practice in collaborative working and inclusive learning in schools through development of a proposal for a work-based project.

This course supports continuing professional development of education and health professionals working with children and young people, through gaining postgraduate credit.


To obtain the PgCert, you will complete three 20 credit modules. You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.


Exit awards

PgCert (60 credits)

Teaching, learning and assessment

Teaching comprises a combination of lectures, group exercises, projects and online discussion. A fully online (distance) option is also available. Methods of formative assessment include evaluation of critical incidents, case studies, work based projects, self appraisal and/or reflective reports, and online discussions and postings. Summative assessments comprise written assignments submitted at the end of each module. Small class sizes ensure that individuals receive excellent support and benefit from sharing their experiences with like-minded professionals.

Teaching hours and attendance

Class contact at QMU or online learning options are available. If you choose to study with class contact, course content will be delivered through two Saturdays and one Wednesday evening per module with additional online activities. For online (distance) learners there is no class contact and modules are accessed using QMU’s virtual learning environment comprising self-directed study and online activities. Online (distance) learners and classroom learners will collaborate together using the same virtual learning environment.

Links with industry/ professional bodies

The course was developed by the CIRCLE Collaboration research team at QMU, the City of Edinburgh Council Children and Families Department and NHS Lothian.



  • Supporting Evidence Informed Inclusive Learning (20 credits)
  • Effective Collaborative working (20 credits)
  • Working Together in Practice (20 credits)

The modules/details listed here are correct at the time of posting (November 2019).

Single modules for CPD

Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact Cathleen Hunter for more information.

Class sizes

We expect 15 students to enrol for this course each year.


This course is particularly beneficial to teaching staff as part of their Professional Update. The course supports allied health professional career development in line with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards, professional body standards and the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework. This programme meets the needs of staff who want to enhance their knowledge, understanding and practice, and to develop their understanding of contemporary theories at a master’s level, meeting requirements for career progression. This course aims to recruit those who wish to develop expertise and skills in their personal practice and/or those who are working in, or wish to progress towards, positions of expertise with responsibility for leading innovation in collaborative working with partner agencies.


Entry requirements

Relevant professional or practical experience is essential. Successful completion of a relevant degree or an equivalent qualification will normally be required. It is possible for candidates with alternative qualifications and appropriate relevant professional experience to be considered.

International: Where your degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to provide evidence of English language competence at no less than IELTS 6.5 with no individual component score less than 6.0.

Application deadline

November. Late entries will be considered.

More information and contacts

Contact Admissions or contact Cathleen Hunter on tel: +44(0)131 474 0000.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2020/21 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Course Overview

At QMU with additional online learning/ Fully online
18 months part-time
Start Date
January 2021
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
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