Working in special educational needs and disability support can be one of the most rewarding, inspiring and satisfying careers. This course will prepare you for a broad range of roles working with individuals that have special learning needs, such as specific learning difficulties, physical disabilities, behavioural problems and sensory impairments.
Our specialist course has been designed to equip you with an in-depth understanding of all aspects of SEND. You’ll regularly engage in discussions and debates surrounding SEND, using current and thought provoking research to stimulate your thinking. The skills and knowledge that you’ll develop will be underpinned by the exploration of the possible psychological, sociological, philosophical and biological causes of SEND.
Successful SEND support relies on a collaborative approach by a range of professionals including carers, social workers, SENCOs and therapists. We will provide you with the opportunity to explore the importance of this kind of multi-agency support and the positive impact it can have on individuals. To ensure that you’re career ready when you graduate, you’ll learn a range of techniques to help support individuals both inside and outside the classroom. You’ll be taught by experts in the field of education, health, psychology and social work, who will share their experiences and give you a real insight into the challenges and opportunities of working in SEND.
You’ll benefit from practical experience by undertaking two placements during the course. You can choose to be based in a range of settings such as hospitals, schools, social services, adult provision or charitable organisations.
Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including Maths and English
Interview / Audition
Please Note: A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is required to commence this course at the University. The Disclosure and Barring Service was established when the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged in 2012 and will now provide the criminal records checking service for this course.
If you have lived outside of the UK in the past five years (excluding holidays), you will need to provide a current satisfactory Certificate of Good Conduct from the country you were resident in. You will need to submit this at your course induction. Further information can be found on the gov.uk website.
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Throughout the degree, you’ll be supported and encouraged to develop your capacity to evaluate, analyse and critically engage in the field of SEND, drawing on a wide range of learning, teaching and assessment activities. As you progress, you’ll be expected to undertake increasing responsibility for independent self-directed study, drawing on the range of resources available to you. At all levels, you are invited to engage in e-learning opportunities.
How you'll be assessed
There are no exams. You’ll be assessed through small group work, individual peer presentations, completion of directed tasks and drafting of tasks, tutorial discussions and coursework.
This course will prepare you for a wide range of careers in the SEND sector, including family liaison, advocacy, inclusion support, teaching assistance, mentoring, adult education, and careers services.
You could also continue on to postgraduate study in a range of areas including teaching, health, psychological services, and social care.