Acquired Brain Injury Awareness

Developed in association with the British Institute of Disabilities (BILD) and Voyage Care.


Why take this course?

This e-learning course, has been developed in association with the British Institute of Disabilities (BILD) and Voyage Care. It is broken down into four easy-to-follow units: an introduction and three study units.

The aim of the course is to raise awareness of Acquired Brain Injuries (ABIs) – what they are, possible causes and the impact they can have on people, their families and friends. By gaining a better understanding of the implications of ABIs, learners will be able to provide more effective support to the people in their care.

What you will experience

Unit 1: In the first Unit you will receive an introduction to the brain and acquired brain injury.

Unit 2: Describes the six main areas of the brain and explores the functions of each one. Learners will find out what is meant by Acquired Brain Injuries (ABIs) and some of the possible causes. This Unit concludes by looking at how an acquired brain injury can affect people, depending on which part of the brain has suffered damage.

Unit 3: Examines the ways in which an acquired brain injury can impact on a person’s life, and on their families and friends. The Unit looks at the effects under five category headings:

  • loss or bereavement
  • cognitive
  • communication
  • emotional and behavioural
  • physical

This Unit provides information about the wide range of difficulties that might arise, depending on the severity of the damage to the brain and the location of the injury.

Unit 4: Here learners will learn how to put the right support and rehabilitation in place for someone with an ABI, in order to meet their specific needs. Learners look at techniques for managing a person’s challenging behaviour and for helping them to cope with everyday tasks, and information is provided about the different roles that therapists can play in a person’s rehabilitation. The Unit concludes by presenting a short case study to learners, followed by some questions for them to answer.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course will require you to manage your workload independently, without tutor support.

Subject area

Entry requirements

Previous knowledge or experience would be of benefit but is not essential.

What you will need

Students must have access to a computer with a broadband internet connection.

What you need to know

Anything else?

This is a Distance Learning course which means you can study at home, in the workplace or wherever you choose at times that are convenient for you. You do not have any classes to attend. The materials for this course are provided as webpages for you to work through online. As you progress through the course materials you will find explanations of each feature, followed by practical exercises.

Fee Waivers

Please note that fee waivers or funding do not apply for this course.

Next steps




Duration Fees Code
5 Hours over 1 Month £30.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form for this course and return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

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