Conductive Education - BA (Hons)

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Full Time (3 years)
September 2016, September 2017
National Institute of Conductive Education

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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.

What's covered in the course?

The only English-speaking course of its kind in the world, Conductive Education has a huge focus on the practical skills you'll need, with two days each week spent on placement to make your learning experience as rich as possible.

You will train and learn in the same unique facility – NICE (the National Institute of Conductive Education), a charity based in Moseley, Birmingham which is an acknowledged world leader for Conductive Education.

“Everyone on the course had such a passion for what we did that friends for life were made. The provisions at the institute where most of the training takes place are really good. We received constant feedback, everyone knew your name and you became a part of the team.”
BA (Hons) Conductive Education student

Why Choose Us?

  • You will have the opportunity to develop practical hands-on skills alongside qualified experienced conductors learning and working as part of a small team of highly trained experts. You will have an opportunity to make a difference to peoples' lives, both children and adults with neurological movement disorders, with the chance to work all over the world in exciting and innovative contexts.
  • The National Institute of Conductive Education (NICE) is a small organisation with a community atmosphere and offers plenty of support to its students.
  • Successful students will be qualified to work in centres, schools and units all over the world where Conductive Education is practised – which means you can easily seek employment in different countries or cultures if you want to.

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Entry Requirements

UK students

We would normally expect you to hold at least 240 UCAS points from A2 levels or equivalent qualifications (evidence portfolio accepted); or Access to HE Diploma with 2 Merits at Level 3 including equivalent of GCSE English at 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 process you will be required to successfully complete an enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for the 2016/17 year, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.

To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:

280 tariff points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBC or above)
be predicted DMM profile at BTEC level

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BA (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
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 in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Guidance for UK/EU students


UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

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Personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

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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.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Sorry, this course is not available part-time

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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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

This course is ideal for people who are passionate about helping people with disabilities like cerebral palsy to perform everyday tasks themselves and make a difference to their lives.

The course is structured across six semesters; with each semester lasting 15 weeks, you'll be with us for a minimum of two semesters or 30 weeks per year.

We offer a stepped, carefully designed series of interlocking modules to build your skills in education and therapy for children with cerebral palsy and adults with Parkinson's and stroke. You'll also spend two days per week on placement.

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

What students say about this course

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 will not only receive an honours degree but will also have obtained deep and practical experience with children/adults with physical disabilities, which can lead to employment in many different areas of work.

You'll also be able to enrol on a PGCE or teacher training course and gain this qualification or one of our other postgraduate degree courses.

Trips and visits

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

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.

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'll undertake practical placements in groups of children/adults as an integral part of the course. These are available at specified centres across the UK, and you'll 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 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.


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

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

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.

Meet our staff

This course is currently taught by two full-time and two part time staff, all of whom hold Conductor qualifications. Faculty staff have worked in the field in both the UK and Commonwealth.

The chief executive and director of services of our partner NICE, the National Institute of Conductive Education, Dr Melanie Brown, has a global reputation as a leader in the profession and was the first person to bring Conductive Education to the UK.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

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Contact the admissions team

+44 (0)121 331 6295