Online course “Understanding vision impairment in children and young people”

This online 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.

It is intended for people who wish to gain an overview of the issues involved in supporting the education of children with vision impairment, without studying in the depth required by Partners in Learning. The content is drawn mainly from existing material used in RNIB’s accredited level 3 BTEC ‘Partners in Learning’ course. You don’t need to have access to a child with vision impairment to complete the course – we can supply you with relevant video materials to support you.

Apply now

We are taking applications for flexible start for “Understanding vision impairment in children and young people” – you can begin any time – there is no fixed start or finish date. The course fee is £140 for VIEW members (£200 for non members).

Email the following form to: courses@viewweb.org.uk

Please note that if you’re interested in the course which focuses on children with complex needs in addition to vision impairment please visit: Vision impairment and complex needs in children and young people (New online course)

Key features of the course: 

  • Designed to support professionals and parents to improve the quality of learning opportunities available to children and young people with vision impairment
  • You set your own pace
  • Delivered online
  • Includes assessment activities leading to a VIEW certificate
  • The course fee is £140 for VIEW members (£200 for non members)

Apply by filling in and returning the following application form:

To make an enquiry either fill out the contact form, or email courses@viewweb.org.uk

Learning Outcomes

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

Learning approaches

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.

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.

Fees and enrolment

The course fee is £140 for VIEW members (£200 for non members).

To make an enquiry either fill out the contact form, or email courses@viewweb.org.uk