Special Education Needs Inclusion Studies

BA single honours or in combination with another subject Special Educational Needs
and Inclusion Studies

This programme is designed to promote individual skills, knowledge and understanding to enter a developing workforce of specialist service provision in a multi-disciplinary field. The new recommendations of the The Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 0-25 2014 indicates a government commitment to supporting training to promote positive quality services for children from 0 to 25 and their families. The nature of the workforce will enable diversity of professional roles and the academic nature of this programme will promote employability by exploring the nature of collaborative working and the importance of Education and Health and Social Care working together to establish partnerships for children, parents and a range of agencies.

The programme draws upon a number of academic fields including, education, health, sociology, psychology, geography, history, politics, religious studies, children’s rights, law and social justice and social policy. The aim of the programme is to deliver an exciting and challenging curriculum exploring the historical and political debates that govern issues surrounding Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Inclusion. Your study will examine medical and social models of Special Needs and consider how possible social construction can lead to potential barriers for many groups in society. Modules will also consider the complexity of society and examine variables that will influence children’s transition into adulthood and beyond. In addition you will explore global perspectives of inclusion and will critically analyse international policy.

When you study SEN and Inclusion Studies you will explore the importance of reflective practice and professional identity. You will have the opportunity to develop the skills needed for higher education and explore your personal values and the values associated with undergraduate study enabling opportunities for reflection and professionalism. The benefit of engaging in a practical placement in year two will develop your individual career portfolio, personal reflection will identify future learning needs and professional goals. Continuous development will allow you to understand the importance of critically engaging in theoretical perspectives of working with children, young adults and their families.

This is a multidisciplinary undergraduate degree programme that consists of eighteen modules studied over three years. If you study single honours you will study 6 modules in each year. If you study combined honours you will study 3 compulsory modules in Year 1 and between 2-4 modules in Years 2 and 3 depending on your options.

Year 1 will introduce you to SEN and Inclusion, you will consider government policy nationally and internationally. You will also study self esteem and resilience fundamental to ensuring we understand the importance of creating services and environments that capture the needs of children, young adults and families. In addition you will develop your graduate skills and consider the importance of values and human rights in Reflection and Professional Identity.

In Year 2 you will continue to explore the human rights agenda and consider the inclusion versus exclusion debate and analyse the historical, political and ideological contributing factors that promote barriers to participation for many groups in society and critically evaluate recent and relevant research. In addition there is an opportunity to put theory into practice by engaging in a placement also, enabling personal professional career development. You can also critically examine perspectives on Autism and Social and Communication difficulties.

In Year 3 you will consider values into practice and consider the politics of safeguarding including approaches to supporting advocacy. In addition you will be encouraged to contribute analytically to exploring the issues of transitional processes that vulnerable children, adults and families may encounter with consideration to health care plans. You will critically evaluate professional roles and responsibilities in a module looking at theoretical models of leadership and the management of organisations. A year three research independent enquiry will allow you to undertake an in depth study of a specific, special educational related area (for example, Autism, Dyslexia, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties).

There are many exciting opportunities for employment or further study. There will be opportunities to apply on a number of postgraduate programmes including, postgraduate qualifications in teaching, (PGCE or School Direct) a Postgraduate Certificate in Speech and Language Therapy. There are also a number of Masters level programmes including, Social Work, Early Years, Education Studies and Health. In addition there are also opportunities to work at Doctorate level within Education including SEN and Inclusion. There are many employment opportunities including Teaching, Social Work, Health Promotion, Children Centres, Charities, Therapeutic Services, Local Government, Adult Services, Play Work, Youth Work, Inclusion Management, Consultancy Work and Advocacy Posts.


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk or the International Office: ipo@canterbury.ac.uk.

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The programme will explore theory and research both nationally and internationally. You will be expected to critically engage in the literature and apply to your studies and professionalism. You may wish to study the degree as a Single Honours or a Combined Honours. The curriculum is designed to enable student engagement through a variety of learning and teaching opportunities including lectures which will underpin key concepts and themes. Seminars, workshops and group discussion will enable academic debate; students can reflect on content and justify alternative view points. In addition all students will be allocated a personal tutor who will support students personally and academically. The University Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) directs students to support and extend their study. The transition to higher education is embedded in year one allowing you to develop your graduate skills, you will be encouraged to use formative feedback and tutorials to support your academic progression throughout the duration of the course.    

You will participate in a wide range of assessment methods, including essays, reports, case studies, exams portfolios, oral and visual presentations and in year three you will have the opportunity to develop your academic interest and complete a research project. All modules will have learning outcomes and an assessment criteria presented to you enabling clarity of expectations. The assessments will promote progression of skills and knowledge required for a graduate in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Studies.

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UCAS code

  • OHM1 Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Studies
  • M1MS Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Studies with Early Childhood Studies
  • MNU0 Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Studies with Education Studies


  • 3 years full-time

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be 280 UCAS Tariff points
    Applicants who are offered a place are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting the programme. More entry requirement details.

    This course is also available with a Foundation Year for those who don't have the relevant entry requirements. Find out more about our Education Foundation Year.



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