This programme seeks to develop a critical understanding of concepts and principles of applied behaviour analysis. It provides you with a detailed knowledge of intellectual and developmental disabilities and experience of practice or conducting research in this field, and is aimed at recent graduates as well as experienced practitioners.
Benefits include academic and professional support from some of the UK’s leading applied behaviour analysts and intellectual and developmental disability researchers. The programme also provides the necessary coursework to apply to sit the international examination for certification as a behaviour analyst.
Please note, the PCert cannot be studied on a part-time basis but the PDip and MSc can be studied either full-time or part-time.
ABAI Verified Course Sequence for Fifth Edition Task List
The Association for Behaviour Analysis International has verified the following courses towards the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination. Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.
VCS pass rate data for the fourth edition task list (2018) are available on the BACB website.
Applied Behaviour Analysis student Rebecca talks about her course at Kent
One year full-time, two years part-time
Knowledge and understanding
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
- concepts and principles of applied behaviour analysis
- values and ethical principles underpinning professional practice
- methods of observing, recording and analysing behaviour
- methods of assessing and intervening to manage challenging behaviour and support adaptive behaviour
- cognitive, communicative and social characteristics of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
- biological, social and environmental causes of intellectual and developmental disability
- challenging behaviour and other special needs
- ideology, policy and service development
- definition and measurement of service quality
- the relationships between service organisation and quality
- research methodology and basic statistical analysis.
You develop intellectual skills in:
- the ability to review and critically discuss of literature at the forefront of the discipline
- the ability to interpret data in the light of theoretical and methodological considerations
- the ability to present critical, balanced and conceptually-informed arguments
- the ability to conceive, design, analyse and interpret primary or secondary research investigations (where following the research route)
- the ability to design interventions informed by assessment and theoretical understanding (where following the practice route).
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- how to conduct primary or secondary research on an applied behaviour analytic topic relevant to intellectual/developmental disability (where following the research route)
- how to design interventions for people with intellectual/developmental disability (and their carers/families) that are applied, behavioural, analytic, technological, conceptually systematic, effective and generalisable (where following the practice route).
You will gain the following transferable skills:
- communication: the ability to organise information clearly, respond to written sources, present information verbally
- numeracy: the ability to make sense of statistical materials, integrate quantitative and qualitative information
- information technology: the ability to produce written documents, undertake online research
- working with others: work co-operatively on group tasks, understand how groups function.
- improve your own learning: the ability to explore your strengths and weaknesses, time management, review your working environment
- problem-solving: the ability to identify and define complex problems, explore alternative solutions and discriminate between them.
This programme aims to:
- develop a critical understanding of the concepts and principles of applied behaviour analysis
- encourage values- and evidence-based, ethically stringent practice or research in applied behaviour analysis
- provide you with detailed knowledge of intellectual and developmental disabilities and experience of practice or conducting research in this field
- produce graduates equipped to play a leading role in public services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.