Conductive Education - BA (Hons) *

UCAS Code:
X161
Attendance:
Full Time (3 years)
Starting:
September 2017
Campus:
National Institute of Conductive Education

If you want to transform the lives of people with disabilities and neurological motor disorders to help them be as independent as possible – then our unique BA (Hons) in Conductive Education could be the undergraduate degree course for you. This unique course provides the only opportunity in the UK to qualify as a professional conductor to work with children and/or adults with physical disabilities. It is delivered by the National Institute of Conductive Education (NICE) based in Moseley, Birmingham, in conjunction with Birmingham City University.

The course is structured across six semesters. Each semester lasts 15 weeks, therefore you are expected to study for a minimum of 30 weeks per year.

In your first year, you will gain the basic background understanding of the philosophy and methodology of Conductive Education. You will learn about neurological motor disorders and begin to understand how these impact on the lives of children and adults. Alongside this theoretical knowledge, you will begin the process of developing a range of professional skills all leading to teaching children/adults how to develop skills including movement, confidence, understanding and communication.

In your second year, students will start to merge theory and practical skills to a greater extent. At this time responsibility will be given to students to plan and lead programmes and sessions for either children or adults, under the supervision of a qualified conductor. Students will also start to learn about carrying out research and begin to investigate theoretical concepts in the light of practical experience and knowledge.

In your third year, you will have increasing responsibility in conductive groups under distant supervision from a conductor. The academic learning will extend their knowledge and understanding of motor disorders, conductive practice and the work of the professionals in the field. Theoretical concepts will be fused into practical application and students will undertake an independent piece of research.

By the end of the course, you will have covered a range of academic subjects, all of which will enhance their ability to work as a professional conductor.

This course develops you as a person and enables you to help children and adults with complex needs and enhance their life too! There is constant practical and academic tuition, support and feedback throughout. A truly fantastic degree that makes a difference!
Susan Mechan 3rd year BA (Hons) Conductive Education student

  • You will have an opportunity to make a difference to peoples' lives; both children and adults with neurological movement disorders.
  • The National Institute of Conductive Education (NICE) is a small organisation with a community atmosphere, offering excellent support to its students.
  • You will have the opportunity to develop practical hands-on skills alongside qualified, experienced conductors learning and working as part of a team of highly trained experts.
  • Throughout the course, you will be given opportunities to gain practical experiences both at NICE in Birmingham, as well as a range of schools and CE centres across the UK. With a strong theory-practice link, this course will give you to develop your own professional skill base and academic potential.
  • This course will prepare you for work in the ‘real world’. You will develop your knowledge, understanding and adaptability, increasing your employability, or providing you with a solid basis from which you can achieve qualifications e.g. PGCE.
  • Successful students will be qualified to work in centres, schools and units all over the world where Conductive Education is practised enabling you to seek employment in a range of different countries or cultures.

Fees

This course costs...

£9,250 per year

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The content of this course has been refreshed and updated to make sure you graduate with the skills employers need in an ever-changing job market.

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Entry Requirements

UK students
Essential

We would normally expect you to hold at least 96 UCAS points from A2 levels or equivalent qualifications (evidence portfolio Access to HE Diploma with 2 Merits at Level 3. You are also required to hold GCSEs in English Language and Mathematics at Grade 4 (previously Grade C) or above.

Other qualifications or relevant experience will also be taken into account.

Suitable applicants will be invited for an interview and acceptance onto the course will be confirmed following the interview process.

As part of the selection you will be required to successfully complete an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

Links to industry

The NICE website provides an opportunity for employers and employees to advertise jobs and staff. As a training college we have solid links with many CE centres both nationally and internationally. Many students gain experience in these centres throughout their training, giving them relevant experience and exposure to these centres and the opportunities they present for future employment.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2017 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

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Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

What's included in your course fees

You will be offered free admittance to the National Annual Professional Conference. You will receive a contribution towards the cost of the student uniform.

Year one

In your first year you'll gain the basic background understanding of the philosophy and methodology of Conductive Education, and start to learn about neurological movement disorders and begin to understand how these impact on the lives of children and adults.

Alongside this theoretical knowledge, you'll begin the process of developing a range of professional skills all leading to teaching children/adults how to develop skills including movement, confidence, understanding and communication.

Modules
Observation for directing active learning
20 credits
Developing professional skills through active learning
20 credits
CNS disorder and symptomatology
20 credits
Principles of Conductive Pedagogy
20 credits
Conductive facilitation for learning
20 credits
Motor learning and Conductive Education
20 credits

Year two

In Year 2, theory and practical skills will start to merge – and we’ll expect you to plan and lead programmes and sessions for either children or adults, under the supervision of a qualified conductor.

You will also start to learn about carrying out research and begin to investigate theoretical concepts in the light of practical experience and knowledge.

Modules
Conductive Pedagogy: analysis and development of learning
20 credits
The impact of motor disorders on learning in childhood and adulthood
20 credits
Learning theories for conduction
20 credits
Practice-based learning: analysing effective teaching and learning styles
20 credits
The social basis for learning
20 credits
Research Methods
20 credits

Year three

In Year 3, it's all about having increased responsibility in conductive groups under distant supervision from a conductor.

You'll extend your knowledge and understanding of motor disorders, conductive practice and the work of the professionals in the field. These theoretical concepts will be fused into practical application and you will undertake an independent piece of research.

Modules
Conductive Pedagogy: evaluation and application
20 credits
Education Research Project
20 credits
Application of Conductive Education
20 credits
Practice based learning: evaluating learning
20 credits
Effective teaching: developing professional skills in Conductive Education
20 credits
Multi-disciplinary approaches to Conductive Education
20 credits

Course Structure

  • Practice: NICE (Birmingham) with the opportunity to attend off-site placements in the second semester.
  • Theory: to conductive education, neurological conditions, motor learning theories with relevance and a strong link to the practical experiences.
  • Project work: students are expected to develop a strong theory-practice link, in preparation for employment in which they will develop skills to facilitate reflection of practical skills in the light of theoretical underpinnings. In second and third years, students are expected to identify an area of specific interest which they will then research in greater depth, by the end of which they will have produced a short dissertation.

In your first year, you will gain the basic background understanding of the philosophy and methodology of Conductive Education. You will start to learn about neurological movement disorders and begin to understand how these impact on the lives of children and adults.

Alongside this theoretical knowledge, you will begin the process of developing a range of professional skills all focused on teaching children/adults how to develop skills including movement, confidence, and communication.

In the second year, theory and practical skills will start to merge – and we’ll expect you to plan and lead programmes and sessions for either children or adults, under the supervision of a qualified conductor.

You will also start to learn about research and begin to investigate theoretical concepts in the light of practical experience and knowledge.

In Year three, it's all about having increased responsibility in conductive groups under distant supervision from a conductor.

You'll extend your knowledge and understanding of motor disorders, conductive practice and the work of the professionals in the field. These theoretical concepts will be fused into practical application and you will undertake an independent piece of research.

Number of hours in the classroom per week

You will have two days of lectures per week as well as two days in your practice placement. You will have the opportunity to do placements as blocks (two, three or four weeks), or regularly on a weekly basis. In the first and second year, teaching is weekly (two days a week) whilst in year, as preparation for employment, teaching will be delivered in blocks (15 days a semester in three-day blocks).

Examples of classroom activities

  • Students work in pairs and small groups, preparing together presentations, posters and discussing topics of academic and practical relevance.
  • Students are encouraged to video their own practice based skills, sharing their opportunities and learning with the group.
  • Students are enabled to discuss their research projects and topics for research in a supportive and friendly environment.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in the annual student conference, and the college newsletter, as well as CE awareness week and other related professional activities.

What students say about this course

Accreditation or professional associations

The students graduating from this BA course will be granted opportunity to join the UK, professional body; the PCA (Professional Conductors’ Association). Membership of this association will provide newly qualified conductors support and connections to other conductors working within the UK. With affiliated membership it is also possible for conductors working abroad to join and participate in PCA conferences and access publications, CPD and links to current thinking and research. Membership is respected by employers and conductors both within the UK, and abroad.

Study and work abroad

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

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Further Study

Graduates wishing to undertake further study will be able to access Birmingham City University postgraduate courses and modules e.g. MA in Conductive Education, MA in Special Needs. 

Trips and visits

You will have the chance to visit other Conductive Education centres as part of your course.

Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • NICE (National Institute of Conductive Education)
  • Ingfield Manor School
  • Conductive Education centres in New Zealand, Canada (OMOD) and America

And in jobs such as:

  • Conductor
  • Conductor Teacher (after completion of PGCE)

Enhancing employability skills 

On successful completion of the course you will be qualified to work in centres and schools where Conductive Education is practiced. These are available worldwide and offer an opportunity for graduates to seek employment in different countries or cultures if wanted. Graduates are also able to enrol on a PGCE course or teacher training programme and gain this qualification.

Graduates will not only have an honours degree, but also a professional qualification; Qualified Conductor Status (QCS). This will reflect their experiences and enable them to find employment in a range of CE settings, potentially working with children and / or adults with physical disabilities. This can lead to employment in many different areas of work e.g. CE focused schools and centres, other charitable organisations, self-employment and teaching.

Placements

One of the most distinctive features of our Conductive Education BA (Hons) is that you are part of the team from the moment your first term starts; expect to be helping individuals from your very first week. This immersion into the delivery side of our work is consistently rated as one of the most attractive aspects of the course, as it ensures you are fully fit to practice professionally from the day you graduate.

You will undertake practical placements in groups with children/adults as an integral part of the course. These are available at specified centres across the UK. You will be given advice and support when seeking options for practical placements.

You will work as a part of a professional team for two days each week and will have the opportunity to join in professional development activities with staff at The Conductive College. You will also have free access to the annual National Conference on Conductive Education which is held at varying locations across the UK.

You may wish to take employment as an assistant in Conductive Education summer schools nationally or internationally. A dedicated website is available for students seeking work both in the UK and abroad.

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OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

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BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

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Graduate jobs

So far 100 per cent of our students have found satisfying careers in the small but vital and growing profession of Conductive Education. Typically, this means being employed in Conductive Education centres in the UK and around the world including New Zealand, Australia, the USA or Canada, where the March of Dimes programme has attracted some of our alumni. Some of our graduates opt to use the BA as the basis for a Postgraduate Certificate of Education and enter the teaching profession.

Graduates of our BA (Hons) in Conductive Education can work all over the English-speaking world, as apart from a facility in Hungary we are the only open access English speaking course.

The course is based on acquiring the skills for a vocational profession. Qualified Conductor Status (QCS) is a worldwide recognised professional qualification and enables graduates to be employed as a conductor.

BA (Hons) Conductive Education graduate

Links to industry 

The NICE website provides an opportunity for employers and employees to advertise jobs and staff. As a training college we have solid links with many CE centres both nationally and internationally. Many students gain experience in these centres throughout their training, giving them relevant experience and exposure to these centres and the opportunities they present for future employment.

Our Facilities

Birmingham City University is one of the largest providers of nursing and healthcare education in the UK, with more than 7,000 students. That means if you choose to study here, you will have access to some of the most advanced training and education facilities available.

This course is based at the education charity National Institute of Conductive Education (NICE) in Moseley, Birmingham, while practice can take place at other conductive education centres across the UK.

We invest in a great learning environment to give you the best educational experience we can.

Moving to City South

 

To make sure the student experience for those on our education courses is as seamless as possible, we’re now ensuring all our students can stay on our self-contained and well equipped City North Campus for the whole of 2017/18. This will give us the perfect opportunity to move all of our education students into our new home at City South Campus from September 2018.

Staff introduction

We have a small team of four qualified conductors and one strategic manager. The conductors all teach both undergraduate and post-graduate students, and have opportunity to continue their practical knowledge, as well as develop their teaching and theoretical skills. We are a strong group, all of us having a minimum of 10 years conductor experience. Our CEO is on this team, ensuring standards of practice and teaching are maintained. We are a ‘hands on’ organisation, where everyone has a role and supports each other. We have a strong commitment to ensuring the ongoing development of CE, both in terms of practical and theoretical underpinnings. We know our students well and take personal pride in delivering knowledge and skills, adapting to the ever changing needs of students in the 21st century.

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