The Graduate Diploma in Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight (Children and Young People) trains students to become Qualified Habilitation Specialists. They will learn how to support, plan, carry out, supervise and evaluate the habilitation skills of children and young people (aged 0-25 years) with vision impairment(s) in home, public and educational settings.
Modes and duration
Students attend four 5-day blocked weeks in September, November, January and March. Students also need to be present for their Practical Skills Assessments.
Tuition fees (2020/21)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.
First degree or a minimum qualification equivalent to QCF Level 4 plus extensive relevant work experience.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International students can apply for a Student Visitor Visa to study the face-to-face parts of this programme if required. This programme is not suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
About this degree
The programme provides students with the opportunity to benefit from our links with Habilitation VI UK (formerly MISE UK), obtaining a qualification that matches the quality standards-based registration requirements for habilitation practitioners in the UK. Students work with eminent practitioners in the field of visual impairment, gaining experience of working in a variety of habilitation settings and environments.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (45 credits).
Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a Grad Dip in Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight (Children and Young People).
Passes in all four core modules, taken in order, and successful completion of all the various assessment elements of the programme are required for an overall pass for the programme.
- Policy and Practice in Habilitation Studies
- Habilitation in Educational Contexts and the Extended Curriculum
- Habilitation at Home, In Public Contexts and During Transitions
- Habilitation, Professional Practices and the Service Setting: The Extended Assessed Placement
No optional modules are available.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
Modules three and four involve an extended training/teaching placement.
Teaching and learning
Both face-to-face and virtual learning environment elements will inform the pattern of teaching on the programme. It is assessed by written assessments, coursework assignments, practical skill assessments, skill observations, self-videoed practical assessment activities, presentations, placements, and a portfolio which is matched against the Quality Standards for Habilitation Work with Children and Young People (2011).
For teaching and learning, face-to-face teaching blocks equate to 160 hours per year; split between lectures, practical skills and independent study time. Four 20 minute compulsory tutorials are offered over the year (more if required). A minimum of half a day (4 hours) per week, outside of university contact time, is recommended for personal study. This is to be negotiated between the student and their employer. Please note that these hours do not include practical skills assessments or assignment write-up.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduates of this programme are currently working as Habilitation Specialists and Habilitation Assistants in local authorities for sensory services, consortia or sensory impairment services for national and local visual and sensory impairment-related charities.
Graduates of this programme work across agencies such as local authorities, schools, and charities to support and develop the habilitation (mobility, orientation and independence) of children and young people who are blind or partially sighted.
Why study this degree at UCL?
This programme has been matched against the National Occupational Standards for Sensory Services of the CWDC (2009) and has been developed with the support of the DfE, RNIB and Habilitation VI UK. It takes trainees from the basics of habilitation up to the standard needed for registration as an Habilitation Specialist with Habilitation VI UK.
Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma, followed by a probationary year, is a registration requirement of the UK Habilitation Professional Body, https://habilitationviuk.org.uk/.
Department: Psychology & Human Development
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
This programme is suited to people who want to become habilitation specialists, directing and implementing mobility and independence work with children and young people from birth to 25 years who are blind or visually impaired and may have other needs.
- All applicants
- 24 July 2020
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight (Children and Young People) at graduate level
- why you want to study Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight (Children and Young People) at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.
UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.