Postgraduate Certificate Social and Emotional Learning

Year of entry

This Postgraduate Certificate is for teachers and others involved in education who are interested in exploring the social and emotional dimensions of learning.

The course involves developing a creative, nurturing and reflective approach to your professional practice, exploring practical issues in relation to relevant theory and developing effective responses in your own setting.

You will be supported in improving your critical and leadership skills in working with children and families with diverse needs, in the context of current political and organisational priorities. This Postgraduate Certificate is supported by our partnership with the Family Links charity that works extensively with professionals and parents to improve the social and emotional climate within schools, classrooms and families.

This pathway is designed for teachers and other practitioners working in a range of educational settings with a particular interest in the social and emotional dimensions of learning.

After completing the Postgraduate Certificate, you may apply to transfer the credits and complete the MA Education.

In module 1, you will engage critically with the theory, rationale and practice of social and emotional learning, focussing particularly on schools. The module draws on critical exploration, application and evaluation of the approaches of the Family Links Nurturing Programme, as a case study in the broader context of a range of theoretical and professional perspectives (20 level 7 credits).

In module 2, you will reflect deeply and authentically on your own experiences of emotions in education as a teacher and as a learner (20 level 7 credits).

In module 3, you will explore creative approaches to empowering the social and emotional development within your school community or other education setting and engage critically with issues of leadership in curriculum, pedagogy, classroom environment and lesson design (20 level 7 credits).

You will gain a Postgraduate Certificate (60 level 7 credits) and can apply to transfer the credits to continue to the full MA Education or another relevant MA course. 

The course is designed to support you in developing your career as a teacher or other educational professional who can offer specialist knowledge and support others in aspects of social and emotional learning in a range of educational settings and through partnerships with families.

The practical approaches, theoretical and reflective frameworks and leadership development can be applied in any educational context and are also relevant to family and community settings.

This course has a strong ethos in which the approach during the teaching sessions is designed to accommodate social and emotional aspects of learning.

The sessions will be interactive in a seminar rather than lecture style and will involve making links between theory, practice and policy, drawing on everyone’s experiences and reflections as learners and professional practitioners, whatever their starting point.

You will be encouraged to explore and test different approaches in practical settings and to gather evidence to evaluate strategies, as well as reading widely and critically within this field.

The sessions will include inputs, readings, discussions, practical workshops, role plays, discussions, activities and reflections as a whole group, in pairs and with tutors. The assignments are flexible to allow choice, so as to be relevant to each individual’s concerns and circumstances. Support for written assignments will be given through structured guidance, email and face-to-face advice, feedback on draft writing and formative comments on each final assignment. Peer support and collaborative working will be encouraged.

You will be taught by experienced academic tutors from the Faculty of Education with additional inputs from practitioners. The course draws on expertise within the Family Links partnership with the Faculty of Education which also offers wider networking opportunities and access to case studies and research to enhance your studies. 

You will have access to the full facilities of the University and as a part-time student you may find the e-library particularly helpful. There is also a virtual learning environment providing access to a wealth of materials and guidance to support your studies.


Notice of postgraduate taught tuition fees increase for 2019

The University has recently undertaken a review of its tuition fees and from 1 May 2019 the UK/EU tuition fees for this course will be increasing for new students starting in the 2019/20 academic year.

Complete and submit your application by 23:59 on 30 April to take advantage of the current tuition fees. Any applications submitted after this date will be subject to the increased fees.

2019/20 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EU (Applications received before 1 May 2019)UK/EU (Applications received on or after 1 May 2019)Overseas
Full-time  N/A N/A N/A
Part-time  £2,215 £2,515 N/A

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2019/20 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

You will be required to submit three assignments of 4,000 words each. These will include:

  • Written exploration of a selected theme arising from taught sessions
  • Reflective journal
  • Written account of a small scale action research project.

Applications for this course can be completed online.

For further information, please  read our guidance on how to apply online .

For all queries about the course, please email:

If you would like to speak to someone about this course, please contact

If you would like information on the full MA Education, please contact the Programme Director,

Study on the course enables you to access the latest research and innovations in this area of education, including through our partnership with the Family Links charity.  You will engage in individual and collaborative learning about aspects of social and emotional health through highly interactive and supportive workshops.

This is what our students say about the course:

“I am thoroughly enjoying the innovative teaching style and the chance to work closely with fellow students in a small group. The course has been developed in partnership with Family Links which brings an immediacy and relevance to what we are studying and working on together. It is changing me from the inside out!”
Rachel, Social and Emotional Learning, PgCert

“SEL principles underpin and construct so much of daily life. As a teacher, the course has enabled me to think about the pupils in my care and what underpins their own development. It has enabled me to construct a curriculum that ensures developments are made not only intellectually but also socially and emotionally.”
Luke, Social and Emotional Learning, PgCert

“My professional practice has changed. The course has benefited me as teacher/leader and my students. My social and emotional learning approach is continuing to get better and stronger.  The interactive approach to the course made it more meaningful and practical for me.”
Michele, Social and Emotional Learning, PgCert


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UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 1 year part-time


  • Sept 2019

Entry requirements

  • You will normally need a degree (2.2 or above) or equivalent level qualification. However, we recognise that some applicants may not meet these standard requirements, yet may have other appropriate skills, knowledge and experience. In this case you may be offered the opportunity to complete an orientation module or a portfolio to demonstrate your ability to work at level 7.



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