Graduate Diploma: Specialist Qualification in Habilitation and Disabilities of Sight (Children and Young People)

This programme will:

  • enable you to support, plan, carry out, supervise and evaluate the development of children's and young people's (from birth to age 25) habilitation skills in home, educational and public settings and during periods of transition
  • encourage you to become a reflective practitioner
  • offer introductory Braille sessions as part of the course, for those not already qualified.


This programme provides the opportunity to:

  • benefit from our links with Mobility and Independent Specialists in Education (MISE UK)
  • obtain a qualification that fully matches the initial quality standards-based registration requirements for habilitation practitioners
  • work with eminent practitioners in the field of visual impairment
  • gain experience of working in a variety of habilitation settings and environments
  • exit after one year's part-time study with a Graduate Certificate (for those wishing to become habilitation assistants).

Who is this programme for?

People who want to become habilitation specialists, directing and implementing mobility and independence work with children and young people from birth to age 25 (see above) who are blind or visually impaired and may have other needs.

Entry requirements

Relevant experience of working with children and young people

Appropriate post-A level study, and DBS clearance at enhanced level

Teaching qualifications are not required for this course

If you do not meet the above requirements, you may be able to qualify through special procedures.

As habilitation training involves periods of sustained physical activity in a range of weather conditions and settings, you will need to be in good health. However, a physical, visual or hearing impairment is not a barrier to undertaking these programmes.

All applicants may be interviewed as part of the application process.

Core Modules Year 1: Policy and Practice in Habilitation Studies (DDICPY_01) Habilitation in Educational Contexts and the Extended Curriculum (DDICPY_02) Core Modules Year 2: Habilitation at Home, In Public Contexts and During Transitions (DDICPY_03) Habilitation, Professional Practices and the Service Setting: the Extended Assessed Placement (DDICPY_04)

How are you assessed?

By written assessments, coursework assignments, practical skill assessments, skill observations, placements, presentations and a portfolio of work which is matched against the Quality Standards for Habilitation Work with Children and Young People (2011).


Daytime face-to-face teaching of two blocks of five days each and three days per module.

Where do our students go?

Graduates of this programme are currently working as:

habilitation specialists and assistants in local authorities for sensory services consortia or sensory impairment services for national and local impairment-related charities

Visa Information

International students can use a Student Visitor Visa to study face-to-face parts of this course if required. This programme is not suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa

For more information about visas please see our guide to visas for study (pdf, 0.32mb). You can also contact (by email) the international support team for advice.