Postgraduate Certificate in Cleft Palate Studies (Masters Level)
Study mode: Part Time by Distance Learning.
Duration: 1 Year
Students who wish to study Full-Time may be interested in our Masters programme in Speech and Cleft.
Why choose Clinical Communication Studies at Sheffield?
The PG Certificate in Cleft Palate Studies is the only programme of its kind in the UK. It provides comprehensive and in-depth coverage of the impact of a cleft lip and/or palate on an individual across the lifespan. It pays particular attention to the impairments of speech, language and communication associated with a cleft and to theoretical and practical approaches to their assessment and management. As such the programme is suitable not only for speech and language therapists who specialise (or wish to develop a specialism in) the area of cleft lip and palate, but also for graduates of other disciplines (including linguistics, psychology, education, and the biomedical sciences) who have a particular interest in the area. It is an inherently multi-disciplinary programme, taught by experts in the fields of speech and language pathology, phonetics and linguistics, psychology, education, medicine, dentistry and professions allied to medicine.
The course is offered part time, over the full calendar year.
It is a PG Certificate (60 credits).
Students who wish to continue their studies may transfer to the Pg Diploma / MSc Speech and Cleft at the end of the year.
Aims and Objectives
The programme has the following aims:
- to foster in students a comprehensive, detailed and in-depth understanding of cleft lip and palate, and its impact on an individual within social, educational and health contexts
- to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to observe and analyse human behaviours associated with cleft lip and palate
- to provide the educational base for professional work in the field of cleft lip and palate care
- to equip students with the academic and professional skills needed to foster a positive attitude towards lifelong learning
- Cleft Lip and Palate: The Multidisciplinary Approach
- Cleft Lip and Palate: Velopharyngeal Structure & Function
- Cleft Lip and Palate: Speech Assessment
- Cleft Lip and Palate: Intervention & Service Provision
All modules are assessed by written work.
- Online course material
- Study block attendance with lectures, tutorials and practical workshops
4 study blocks of 2 or 3 days are held throughout the year. Attendance at study blocks is normally compulsory. However, students who are based out of the UK, or who have special circumstances, may be able to be exempted.
Key Teaching Staff
The following people contribute to teaching on this programme: Dr Sara Howard, Prof Joy Stackhouse, Dr Debbie Sell, Dr Ann Harding-Bell
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Applicants to the programme will normally have a first class or upper second degree in speech and language therapy or a related discipline (for example, linguistics, psychology, education). It would be helpful, although it is not compulsory, to also have some clinical/professional experience working with individuals with a cleft lip/palate.
For students who do not have English as a first language, the English language requirement is an IELTS average score of 7 with no component less than 6, or the equivalent.
Fees and Funding
More information about fees is available here
Funding is available for employees of the Yorkshire and the Humber and East Midlands NHS.
Closing Date for Applications
The course commences in mid-September of each year.
Applications will usually be considered up until 31st July in each year.
How to Apply
You can apply online here
For more information contact
- Dr Sara Howard Programme Director, Tel:0114 2222448
- Ms Kathryn Sharpe Programme Secretary, Tel:0114 2222402
- Admissions Secretary, Tel: 0114 2222405
University of Sheffield, Dept of Human Communication Sciences, 31 Claremont Crescent,
Sheffield, S10 2TA