Applied Behaviour Analysis (Intellectual and Developmental Disability) (PDip)

University of Kent the United Kingdom

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PDip

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12 Months

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About Applied Behaviour Analysis (Intellectual and Developmental Disability) at University of Kent

Location: Canterbury


As a recent graduate or experienced practitioner, this postgraduate qualification opens up a range of career opportunities. It also provides the necessary coursework for you to apply to sit the international examination and become a certified behaviour analyst.

Deadline for Tizard Postgraduate Taught Applications for entry in September: 18 JULY 

Due to a high number of applicants we have been forced to put in place a deadline for receipt of applications for those wishing to be considered for entry to September intake.

Please therefore ensure that your full application (containing reference, all required documentation and evidence of English Language qualifications if relevant) is submitted online via the “Apply Now” link no later than 23:59 BST on 18 July

Incomplete applications, or applications received after 18 July, will be considered for next year's September cohort.

Reasons to study Applied Behaviour Analysis at Kent
  • Study alongside some of the UK’s leading academics working in autism, learning disability and community care.
  • You will study the coursework required to apply to sit the international examination for certification as a behaviour analyst.
  • We offer a range of funding opportunities to fund your studies.
  • As a student or graduate, you can join the Tizard Practitioners’ Network of experts in the field.
  • Receive academic and professional support from leading applied behaviour analysts and intellectual and developmental disability researchers.
  • Benefit from our excellent links with health and social care organisations, and other relevant establishments.
What you’ll learn

Our course is designed to support the development of practitioners who can work effectively, including using an applied behaviour analytic approach, both with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (including people with autism) and with organisations that provide or arrange support for individuals. It may be taken either by practice or research routes.

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.


BACB Announcement

Please note the BACB will not be administering certification exams in the UK from 2025. Please visit this page for more information about this from the UK Society for Behaviour Analysis.

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. 

The latest VCS pass rates are available here. Pass rate data are not published for sequences with fewer than six first-time candidates in a single year or for sequences within their first four years of operation., meaning that the latest pass rates for the course currently relate to the 4th edition task list.

Duration

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.

Intellectual Skills

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).

Subject-specific skills

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).

Transferable skills

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.

Study options for this course

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  • The awardPDipHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
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  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
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Notes about fees for this course

Full Time UK/EU: TBC EUR | Full Time Overseas: TBC EUR

Entry requirements

Contact University of Kent to find course entry requirements.

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