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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 statutory, voluntary and community sectors?

This Special Educational Needs, Disabilities and Inclusion (SENDI) degree course provides academic study and experience for those who seek to understand the importance of meeting the needs of children, young people and families through an inclusive and interdisciplinary approach to education. 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 disabilities. 



Key features

  • Opportunity to explore SEN, disability and inclusion in a broad, imaginative and practical way, drawing on expertise across the university and beyond
  • The course offers a valuable alternative to Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses for those individuals wanting a grounding in inclusive education without Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • 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?

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 for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS website.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1


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



  • Foundations in Education
  • Adapted physical activity, sports and disability
  • Optional Language Modules

Year 2


  • Researching Interdisciplinary Approaches to Inclusive Practice
  • Global Perspectives and SEND
  • Understanding Complex conditions
  • From Exclusion to Inclusion


  • Work Experience
  • Equality and Diversity in Lifelong Learning Sector
  • Mentoring and Coaching in Education
  • Crossing borders: Working Internationally and Collaboratively to Explore Personal Responses to Educational Practice
  • Sport and Disability
  • Teaching SEND PE

Year 3


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


  • Policy-making in Education
  • Work Experience
  • Critical Perspectives on 'Special Educational Needs'
  • Extension Module
  • Concepts of Social, Emotional and Mental Health in Special Educational Needs, Disabilities and Inclusion
  • Advanced Sport & Disability
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.


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 virtual learning environment (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 staff with expertise as teachers, senior leaders in education settings, early year’s practitioners, educational psychologists and school governors.

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.


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 journals
  • Essays / reports
  • Poster presentations
  • Learning Logs
  • Group Presentations

In addition there will be assessments from optional modules

Year 2 (mandatory)

  • Essays / reports
  • E-portfolio
  • Research Proposal
  • Group presentations
  • Reflective journals
  • Poster presentations
  • 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


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.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.


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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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 2020/21 is £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 2020/21 is £12,700 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.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


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 £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to 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.



Get in touch

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

Joanne Smith

Course Leader