BSc (Hons) Behavioural Analysis & Intervention

Prepare for a career working with children and adults who have learning disabilities, associated issues and behaviour described as challenging, on a multi-disciplinary degree developed with practitioners and employers.

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    • Overview

      Course Length: 2 Years Part-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, September 2023
      Subjects: Health and Social Care
      Location: Edge Hill University

      Specialist and multi-disciplinary services are evolving to meet the needs of children and adults with learning disabilities whose behaviour is described as challenging. This programme provides enhanced training in meeting the needs of such individuals, aiming to support true inclusion and facilitate choice and empowerment. You’ll be encouraged to use reflective frameworks to explore practice issues. Consideration of current research and evidence will allow you to critique best practice and enhance opportunities for service users.

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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      You will study appropriate research and practice from multiple contexts.

      The programme will consider ethical and moral issues within practice as well as data collection, analysis, design and implementation of support programmes.

      Modules consider how complex behavioural needs can affect an individual’s access to choice and empowerment. You will be introduced to applied behaviour analysis and consider techniques for behaviour management. Practical and ethical application of techniques will also be critiqued.

      Action learning sets at the end of the first year will support you in facilitating ideas, a guided process preparing you for the second year of independent study within your area of work or practice.

      How will I study?

      The course is delivered part-time and has been designed to support those who may have employment / carer commitments. In year 1, two modules run in the first semester and one in the second semester.

      The final year of each course is designed to be completed within the work place with negotiated study periods. You will be involved in and encouraged to access classroom discussion, reflection, lectures and work based study.

      How will I be assessed?

      Each module has different assessment criteria and a range of assessments are used. These include assignments, reflective accounts, work based learning and presentations.

      Who will be teaching me?

      Qualified multi-disciplinary practitioners and academics from a wide range of settings have been involved in the development of the course. These individuals form the course team and will be involved in the delivery of the programme and supporting you whilst you study.


      The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine is one of the leading providers of education and training for health and social care professionals in the North West of England.

      Offering some of the best facilities for health, social care and medicine students in the country, the outstanding teaching and learning resources include leading edge clinical skills facilities, an 860-seat lecture theatre, and a variety of teaching rooms and social learning spaces.


      You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.


      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

      Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.


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      Compulsory modules:

      HEA3160Designing and Implementing Intervention Programmes (20 credits)

      Designing and Implementing Intervention Programmes enables you to consider your role in the design and evaluation of behavioural support plans. You will have access to academic and work-based support to consider the implementation of an intervention programme. The multi-disciplinary nature of the student group will allow you to discuss the design of a programme with your peers. This will allow the opportunity for peer assisted learning and support, within a constructive and safe environment.

      Assessment: Coursework: 30%, Practical(s): 70%.

      HEA3218Ethical and Moral Dilemmas in Health (20 credits)

      Ethical and Moral Dilemmas in Health enables you to  critically analyse and question your own, your profession’s and society’s approaches to ever increasing ethical situations. Support and guidance and the underpinning tenet of Respect for Person are fundamental mechanisms within this module. Significantly, as a consequence of this deconstruction of personal, professional and societal values, attitudes and belief systems, and through the use of philosophical models and frameworks, you will be enabled to confidently explore and critically analyse both actual and potential ethical issues. You will reach an evidence-based, informed opinion and conclusion.

      Assessment: Coursework: 70%, Practical(s): 30%.

      HEA3159Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis (20 credits)

      Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis introduces you to the concept of behaviour analysis, specifically in relation to contemporary models of practice and the IABA (Institute of Applied Behaviour Analysis) assessment tool. Ethical issues associated with behavioural techniques, analysis and the critique of current approaches will be central to the module.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      HEA3052Student Centred Work Based Learning (60 credits)

      Student Centred Work Based Learning provides you with the opportunity to learn whilst exploring issues within your workplace. You will be supported to formulate your own learning outcomes and assessment strategy which is linked to your chosen subject for enquiry.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      For more information about each module, including the dates and times of module sessions, please visit

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      To join this programme you must be working in a suitable health and social care or third sector setting and have access to the appropriate client groups for the duration of their studies.

      You should hold a GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 in English Language or equivalent or IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (with 6.0 achieved in the written and spoken language element of the test, completed within the last two years).

      You should have 240 UK credits with 120 at level 4 (Cert HE) and 120 at level 5 (Dip HE). Alternatively, students who are over 21 will be considered if they can demonstrate the ability to study at degree level by the successful completion of a 20 credit Edge Hill University degree level module.

      You will have an interview with a pathway coordinator to verify that you meet the entry requirements and plan your pathway to ensure the programme will meet your individual needs.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      The courses are very practically focused and involve you actively engaging with people who have a learning disability. Support from employers and service users allows you to flourish as a critical learner and support their practice.

      Developed with practitioners and in response to user and carer groups, the programme will help you work with people with learning disabilities to support their opportunities within society.

      The exit award will demonstrate your ability to study at degree level and evidence a range of transferable skills.


      Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for part-time study on this degree are £35 per credit for UK students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2022/23. This is equivalent to £700 per 20 credit module. A total of 120 credits must be studied in order to complete this BSc (Hons) award.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK part-time tuition fee rate.


      How to Apply

      There is an online application process for this programme.

      Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.

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      Course Changes

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      This tab outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years. Future material changes will be added here as amends are made to course information.

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