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Special Educational Needs, Disabilities and Inclusion BA (Hons)

What makes Special Educational Needs, Disabilities and Inclusion at Worcester special?

Do you have an interest in special educational needs? Would you like to work in a special educational needs role across services which support children, young people and families? Would you like the opportunity to develop your understanding of multidisciplinary working, including that which links education with nurses, social workers and mental health nurses?

This course enables students to undertake research in the field of inclusive education, to learn to think critically about policy and practice in special educational needs and to be advocates for equality and entitlement.       

Key features

  • Opportunity to explore SEN, disability and inclusion in a broad, imaginative and practical way, drawing on expertise across the university and beyond
  • Use of Worcester Arena, home of the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships 2015, to learn about sport and disabilities using specialist facilities
  • Use of the award winning Hive to access resources and expertise linked to diversity in education
  • Opportunities to work with other professionals linked to supporting children, young people and families such as nurses, mental health workers and social workers

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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

96

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

A minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com   

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to SEND and Inclusion: History and Legislation
  • Specific Learning Difficulties: overcoming barriers
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Exploring Mental Health in Childhood and Adolescence

Optional

  • Introduction to Primary teaching
  • Health and Well Being in Early Childhood
  • Foundations in Education
  • Adapted Physical Activity, Sport and Disability 
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre         

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Researching Interdisciplinary Approaches to Inclusive Practice
  • Global Perspectives and SEND
  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Condition
  • From Exclusion to Inclusion

Optional

  • Work Experience
  • Equality and Diversity in Lifelong Learning Sector
  • Mentoring and Coaching in Education
  • Concepts of mental health
  • Sport and disability
  • Optional modules offered by the Language Centre 

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Independent Study
  • Professional Roles and Contexts in SEND and Inclusion
  • Identity, Inclusion and Social Justice
  • Assistive Technologies in Practice

Optional

  • Policy-making in Education
  • Work Experience           
  • Critical Perspectives on ‘Special Educational Needs’
  • Extension Module

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching and Learning

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. 

A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminar, tutorials, guided study of current documentation including legal and policy frameworks, as well as input from visiting speakers. Each year some optional modules offer the opportunity for work-based learning in relevant settings. Multimedia presentations and use of VLE will be utilised throughout.

Academic and personal support is available from Firstpoint. In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course. You also have an opportunity to discuss any issues that may be affecting your academic performance and discuss employability opportunities.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 14 – 16 contact hours of teaching.  The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study. 

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 2-4 hours of whole cohort lectures
  • 12-14 hours of seminars and practical activities
  • Visiting speakers and opportunities to visit other settings are regular features of the course, and most usually embedded into timetabled lectures or seminars; were this is not possible the timetable is adjusted accordingly

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 22 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve pre-session activities, wider reading and directed study tasks, all of which will be outlined in the module materials.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources. 

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes Sarah Manders.

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, many course lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.  Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.  

Assessment methods include presentations, academic posters, essays and subject portfolios. Formative assessment is provided through the range of assessment across the year and is built into module tutorial and personal academic tutorial time.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1 (mandatory)

  • Reflective journal
  • 3 Essays / reports
  • 2 poster presentations
  • 2 Learning Logs
  • Group Presentation

In addition there will be assessments from optional modules

Year 2 (mandatory)

  • 3 Essays / reports
  • e Portfolio
  • Research Proposal
  • Group presentation
  • 2 Reflective journals
  • Poster presentation
  • Artefact (individual poster presentation or equivalent).

In addition there will be assessments from optional modules

Year 3 (mandatory)

  • Oral presentation
  • Essay
  • Reflective journal
  • Case study report
  • Poster presentation and summary

In addition there will be an Independent Study and assessments from optional modules

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Careers

Where could it take you?

If you gain a 2.1 degree or above you will be guaranteed an interview for Primary PGCE Initial Teacher Education at the University of Worcester provided you meet the National pre-requisites for the course.

Other career options include:

  • Learning support mentor
  • Special educational needs support assistant
  • Community support worker
  • Youth worker
  • Children’s Centre Manager
  • Health and Social Care support worker

With further study at postgraduate level roles include:

  • Special needs teacher
  • Special Educational Needs coordinator
  • Social worker
  • Health professional
  • Local Authority SEN Officer
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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2018/19 will be £12,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying.  The amounts vary between courses. In addition, you will need to cover the cost of travelling to and from approved workplaces and placements in order to meet the requirement that you spend no fewer than 600 hours in practice over the duration of the course.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £98 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £159 per week.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Special Educational Needs, Disabilities and Inclusion BA (Hons) - X360  

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS CODE:

X360

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Course leader

Sarah Mander
s.mander@worc.ac.uk