BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs & Disability StudiesX360

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time
  • The BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies course is an innovative degree programme which reflects the changing theoretical and political landscape of Special Educational Needs and Disability

    This is the perfect degree for those who have an interest in Special Educational Needs and Disability and would like to work (or may already be working) with children, young people and/or adults who have special educational needs or are disabled, and their families and carers.

    A distinctive feature of the degree is its links with external partners, employers and key stakeholder groups from the field all of whom contribute to the design and delivery of the programme.

    What prospective employers are saying

    Here are some comments from the programme Professional Advisory Group:

    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.” (Educational Psychologist)

    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.

    The programme encourages students to explore the concepts of special educational needs, disability and impairment.

    There has been a significant shift in Special Educational Needs and Disability due to recent government reforms and the programme supports students to review these changes with natural curiosity and critical reflection.

    The programme will introduce you to a range of theoretical perspectives and research tools and  encourages students to consider competing views on special educational needs and disability.

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1st Year
  • Engaging in learning
  • Introduction to Special
  • Educational Needs and Disability Studies
  • Introduction to sociology
  • Introduction to social policy
  • Introduction to psychology
  • Special education: concepts & contexts


2nd Year
  • Comparative & international perspectives of SEN & disability
  • Disability policy and practice
  • Developing inclusive education
  • Mixed methods in research
  • Inter-professional practice: safeguarding
  • Placement
3rd Year
  • Dissertation
  • Critical issues in disability & care*
  • Professional contexts: the role of practitioners*
  • Managing learning difficulties*
  • Mental health, lifelong conditions and young people*
  • The body, health and illness
  • New perspectives on disability sport and outdoor adventure
  • Community psychology

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

This course will be of interest to students wishing to pursue a career 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. The programme places students in a excellent position to apply for postgraduate training in fields such as education, social work, social policy, teaching, health, social care and youth and community. 


Current Students


Course Leader

The course is led by Dr Hazel Bending who is supported by a team of education specialists. You’ll have all the support and encouragement you need to complete this course with confidence.

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    The programme has developed close links with employers and professional organisations to ensure that the course meets the current demands of the work place. These links are further developed through work-based learning placements, the integration of a series of professional seminars delivered by external partners and key stakeholders in year 3 and a series of fieldwork trips.