• BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs

    UCAS Code: X360
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Why take this course

The BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies course is an innovative degree programme, which aims to reflect the changing theoretical and policy landscape in Special Educational Needs and Disability. This is a degree for those who have a personal and/or professional interest in Special Educational Needs and Disability and would like to, or may already be working with, children, young people and/or adults who have special educational needs or are disabled and their parents and/or families.

A distinctive feature of the degree emanates from the development and support in the delivery of the programme. External partners from the field and key stakeholder groups have contributed to the design and contribute to the delivery of the programme. These engagements with professionals and stakeholders mean that the programme is well placed to deliver teaching and learning that facilitates innovation, creativity and the pursuit of excellence in both professional practice and research.


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Career Opportunities

Graduates of the programme are well equipped to gain employment in a wide range of local, national and international organizations in careers such as, Education, Advocacy, Mentoring, Family Support, Charity and Disability Organisations, Hospital Support Work, Community Education, Integrated Services, Health and Social Care, Pastoral Support and Student Services Support Work in Schools, Further and Higher Education.

The programme also prepares students for a route into teaching via PGCE and Schools Direct in mainstream and/or special schools and other educational settings. Opportunities for postgraduate study and research are available at the University of St. Mark and St. John.

What prospective employers are saying

“This level of shaping by both professional practitioners and service users should make this programme stand out from the crowd and encourage students to consider it in terms of a number of diverse and interesting career paths”

“Having ongoing input from professional practitioners from a range of different professions (particularly in the form of ‘guest sessions’) is vital in ensuring and maintaining the relevance of any degree course, from students and prospective employers alike”

“We have great links with the University and I really think this really helps both students and employers”


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What you will Learn

The programme encourages you to explore the concepts of special educational needs, disability and impairment. There has been a significant shift in the discourse surrounding Special Educational Needs and Disability due to recent government reforms and the programme enables students to critically engage with these changes.

The programme introduces you to a range of theoretical perspectives and research tools and enables you to consider competing views on special educational needs and disability.

The programme also supports you to develop your practice by participating in work-based placement experiences in a range of settings including; mainstream education, special schools, prisons, youth and community work settings, hospitals, voluntary sector organisations, family support and disability sport work.

In addition students are given the opportunity to study abroad during the second year of their studies in the US at Bloomsburg University and there are also opportunities for students to extend this to a Camp America experience.

What our students are saying

“This course has really made me think about what I want to do for my future career. I love the lectures and seminars and have really enjoyed the placement part of the course”

UCAS code
3 years full time. Part time available

Our typical minimum entry requirements for applicants with A levels/AS levels/ BTEC is 260 points.
Applications from students with non-traditional qualifications are welcome.




Year 1
Six modules provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary grounding in the academic, critical and practical skills that will underpin and support your learning throughout your degree.  Modules will focus on the following areas: Child Development, this will be a double module demonstrating the significance of a solid understanding of the issues, How children learn to read and write, Language and Literacy Development, Physical Development and an experiential placement.

Year 2
Again, you will study six modules.  You will cover learning and teaching, key thinkers in education and research.  You will choose three further modules, these will be from the following: SEN and the inclusive classroom, Creative Education in the outdoors, Numeracy, Educational Leadership & Management.

Year 3
Of the six modules studied in your third year, you will take two modules for your Dissertation and following modules that are focussed on Special Educational Needs which include: Developing a Personal Philosophy of Education, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia, Behaviour Management.

For details of undergraduate fees and funding visit the Fees and Funding page. 

Progamme Leader: Mel Feek

Programme team: 

Paul Sutton
Sue Wayman
Colin Dawson
Zenna Kingdon
Sally Eales
Sean Macblain
Janette Gourd
Julie Evans