Understanding vision impairment in children and young people certificate
This online flexible start self-study course “Understanding vision impairment in children and young people” is designed to support the training needs of professionals and parents in order to improve the quality of learning opportunities available to children and young people with visual impairment.
The course is intended to take around 50 hours of study to complete. There is no fixed start or finish date – students can work through the material at their own speed.
The intended learning outcomes of the course include:
• Understanding the visual system and how vision works
• Understanding different types of visual impairment and their functional effects
• Exploring the range of educational provision available to meet the needs of children and young people with visual impairment
• Considering the implications of visual impairment for the educational and social development of children and young people
• Understanding key factors in effective provision
The course is provided as two units:
• Unit 1: Background to visual impairment in children
• Unit 2: Effective practice
The course uses a number of learning approaches:
• an online programme consisting of structured activities including self-study activities, discussion forums and scenario based tasks
• a structured portfolio for students to complete.
• online reference information and links to further material
• assessment is via a computer based test at the end of each unit and submission of completed portfolio.