Course details

Study options

Full-time: 4 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2018/19)

UCAS points

64-96 (September 2018 entry)

UCAS code

X362

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Course description

We are offering an exciting new route into a satisfying career working in special educational needs and disability support. Our BA (Hons) with Foundation Year is a great option if you don’t have the formal qualifications to apply for the full honours degree right now.

Choosing the BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Disability with Foundation Year is ideal if you have the capacity to study for a degree but lack the qualifications to embark on the honours degree programme directly. It’s an excellent way to gain a firm grounding of skills and knowledge and a solid introduction to SEND, enabling you to complete the full honours degree in four years. 

Make a difference in your career

We will equip you for a broad range of roles where you can improve the life experiences of individuals with special learning needs. You’ll build the skills and knowledge to support children and adults with diverse needs, such as specific learning difficulties, physical disabilities, behavioural problems and sensory impairments.

You will gain an in-depth understanding of all aspects of SEND. We engage you in discussions and debates, harnessing the latest research to stimulate your thinking and challenge your ideas. You will also explore the possible psychological, sociological, philosophical and biological causes of SEND. 

A whole range of professionals – including carers, social workers, special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs) and therapists – come together to deliver SEND support. As part of the course, you’ll take a close look at the importance of this multi-agency support and the positive impact it can have on individuals. 

A strong focus on real world learning

To ensure that you’re ‘career ready’ when you graduate, you’ll learn a range of practical techniques to support individuals both inside and outside the classroom. 

As part of your studies, you’ll undertake two placements which will give you important insights into professional practice. You can choose to be based in settings such as hospitals, schools, social services, adult provision or charitable organisations. 

Expertise, influence and inspiration

You will learn from a dedicated and enthusiastic team, including experts in the fields of education, health, psychology and social work. They will share their experiences with you and provide fresh perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of working in SEND. 

Our course is underpinned by the latest theories and innovative ideas in SEND and inclusive practices. Our lecturers regularly publish their work and have conducted important studies into a wide range of subjects, such as managing the inclusion of SEND pupils in the classroom.

Raise your professional profile

Throughout the course, your learning will be enriched by our strong professional links. We will introduce you to leading practitioners and our Visiting Professors include notable figures such as Brian Lamb OBE, who chaired a high-profile inquiry into parental confidence in SEND and whose work has influenced major policy changes. 

We have launched a Professional Development Network for SEND and Inclusive Practice which brings together practitioners working to ensure positive, effective and inclusive education across the special and mainstream sectors. 

By joining this professional community, you can take part in our annual SEND conferences which attract influential guest speakers and spark important debates about how to improve SEND provision.

A vibrant learning experience 

We pride ourselves on providing a friendly, welcoming learning environment where you will receive plenty of encouragement and guidance. Our tutors are approachable, dedicated and passionate about their subjects.

You’ll learn in our Kirtley Building which offers first-rate facilities, including specially designed collaborative learning spaces and a large hall for practical activities and observing learning in action.

Build a course that matches your interests

Our choice of optional modules means that you can tailor your studies to reflect your personal interests and career aspirations. These could cover themes such as autism in children and adults, attention disorders, diversity in social, emotional and behavioural development, and diversity in communication, speech and language development. 

To broaden your horizons further still, you also have the opportunity to spend part of your course studying abroad. Under the Go Places, Go Further international exchange scheme, we have agreements with universities in Amsterdam and Brussels where you can explore a new culture and add an extra dimension to your CV. 

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What you will study

You'll study modules such as:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Study Skills for Undergraduate Study
  • Literature: Literary Representations of Education and Childhood
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Psychology of Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology

If you already have level 2 English and Maths at grades C or above, you will not be required to take English and Maths as core modules.

  • Learning in HE
  • SEND and Inclusion
  • Critical and Global Perspectives
  • Issues and Debates into the Aetiology of SEND
  • Social, Behavioural and Emotional Development
  • Historical Development of SEND
  • Practitioner Inquiry
  • Research Methods
  • Professionalism in SEND
  • Cognitive and Language Development
  • Specific Learning Difficulties
  • Ethical Practice and Safeguarding
  • Educational Independent Study
  • SEND in Context

Optional modules:

  • Attention disorders (ADD, ADHD)
  • Language, Literacies and Dyslexia
  • Autism (Children)
  • Autism (Adults)
  • Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
  • Cognitive Diversity (dyscalculia, cognitive disability)
  • Physical Diversity (physical impairment)
  • Diversity in Communication, Speech and Language Development
  • Diversity in Social, Emotional and Behavioural Development

How you will learn

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

During your foundation year you will be assessed mainly by coursework, and with some in-class tests. 

From stage one onwards, there will be no exams and you'll be assessed through small group work, individual peer presentations, completion of directed tasks and drafting of tasks, tutorial discussions and coursework. 

Entry requirements

September 2018 typical entry requirements

UCAS points64-96 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSEN/A
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Please Note: Whilst you are not required to obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate before starting this course, you will be required to obtain a DBS certificate before you start any placement where you will be working with children, young people or vulnerable adults. A DBS certificate is a compulsory element of the SEND and TESOL pathways. If you are unable to obtain a DBS certificate you will be unable to complete any of the specialist pathways (in SEND or TESOL) and your placement will need to be located where there is no legal DBS requirement. Payment for the DBS initial process is included in your course fees.

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

September 2019 typical entry requirements

UCAS points72 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-levelN/A
Specific requirements at GCSE

GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

An Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service certificate cleared by the University is required for this course. We will contact you with information on how to complete this once you have applied. More information.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

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Fees and funding

2018/19 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

N/A

International

N/A

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

Taking this course with a foundation year gives you a clear and smooth transition to the full honours degree qualification. On graduation, you will be equipped for a wide range of careers in the SEND sector, including family liaison, advocacy, inclusion support, teaching assistance, mentoring, adult education and careers services.

There are opportunities to progress to postgraduate study in areas such as health, psychological services and social care if you would like to take your skills and knowledge to the next level.

Please note that this course does not lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). However, if you’d like to train to be a teacher, you can apply to study one of our postgraduate courses, such as PGCE Primary or PGCE Post-14 (Education and Training).

Contact details

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Admissionsaskadmissions@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 591167
Generalmarketing@derby.ac.uk+44 (0)1332 590500

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Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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