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Special Educational Needs and Inclusion (SEN) Studies is a course designed to empower. It will help you develop the skills to nurture the lives and futures of children and young adults, passing on that empowerment to them to take forward in their lives.

Our tutors are all personally invested in SEN and inclusion practice, enabling them to bring practical experience to your studies with passion, open mindedness and a caring attitude. Through our course, we hope to help you find your voice so you can help others find theirs.

Why Study Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Studies?

There is a great demand for skilled and capable professionals to support children and young adults with special educational needs, and their families.

On this course, we'll help you develop as a sensitive, confident and knowledgeable practitioner, so that you are fully prepared to help those in need of support.

You'll gain a rounded experience by exploring the areas of teaching, social work and health, and gaining the vital skills and understanding you need to enter a multidisciplinary workforce.

As well as gaining a solid academic and theoretical grounding in the subject, you'll have the opportunity to develop personally and professionally during an optional practice placement and participate in employment-based activities.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have 88-112 UCAS Tariff points.

Additional Requirement

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is not an entry requirement, however, if you take part in work-related experience, visits or placements to settings or educational establishments where you are undertaking regulated activity, the setting may determine that a DBS check is required. You will be required to undergo a DBS check and arrange this through the University before undertaking the activity.

More information about entry requirements.

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All about the course

On this course, you'll study theory and undertake research drawing on the fields of education, health, social welfare, sociology, psychology, geography, history, human rights, social justice politics, economics, anthropology, social policy, religious studies and philosophy.

The themes of social justice and human rights run through the course and you'll study them from different perspectives. For example, you'll explore the participation of vulnerable groups in society and consider the importance of developing strategies to protect and promote the equal opportunities of all children, young adults and their families. You'll also study inclusion as an integral element of human rights and social justice.

As you progress through the course, you'll be introduced to new perspectives, for example, you'll analyse global and international policies and ideologies, considering notions of a fair society and evaluating government legislation and policy barriers to participation.

Using the analytical and research skills that you develop during your studies, you'll undertake an individual study/research under the guidance of supervisor. This will enable you to focus on a specific issue/area of interest in special educational needs and inclusion that you will explore in detail.

Through your module choices, you'll be able to choose to study specific areas of special educational needs. You'll learn about the importance of social and emotional development and the notion of resilience being fundamental to health and well­being. You'll develop your knowledge of strategies and professionalism when working collaboratively to support children, young adults and families.


Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops. Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures. In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor.

A variety of strategies that aim to foster independent, critical learning will be used in different forms, varying from module to module.

You will have access to the University's virtual learning environment known as Blackboard, where you will find all the resources and guides to help with you with your learning.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.


When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.


You will be taught by a course team with dynamic and diverse backgrounds including policing, education, social care, health, psychology, local authority, the third sector, charities and other agencies.

Your contact hours are allocated within each module of study and equate to approximately 50 hours of tutor time for each 20 credit module.

You will be expected to engage in self-study time of 150 hours per 20 credit module.

The Specialist Research module is a 40 credit module and you will receive four hours of individual supervision to support your learning.

The course typically consists of 120 credits per academic year of full-time study.

If you study the course as single honours, you will take 120 credits per year and there may be optional modules to choose in your second and final years.

If you choose to study the course combined with another subject, you will take 60 credits in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion in your first year and then you can choose to stay combined (60 credits), or major (80 credits) or minor (40 credits) in subsequent years. You will need to take the remaining credits in your other subject, so that in total you will take 120 credits each year.

You may be offered optional modules. The modules available will be subject to a minimum group size and timetabling restrictions. Additional modules may be offered to respond to student feedback and developments in the special educational needs field.


The course is an opportunity to study with experts in this specialist field. It enables you to gain the most current and relevant knowledge in supporting vulnerable children, adults and families in society.

Georgina GosdenProgramme Director

National Student Survey 2020

of our students were satisfied with the academic support on this course.

How you’ll be assessed

Assessment methods include presentations, essays, artefacts, rationales, posters, portfolios, online tasks and specialist research.

Your future career

You could go on to employment or further study on completion of this course. You will be able to apply to a range of postgraduate courses including postgraduate qualifications in teaching. You could also explore relevant Masters level courses including: Special Needs and Inclusion, Social Work, Early Years, Education Studies and Health. In addition, there are also opportunities for you to work at doctoral level within education (including special educational needs and inclusion pathways).

The course may lead to a range of 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.

Each module works well together and I absolutely love this course and have learnt so much. It confirms how much I want to work with autistic children.

KarenSpecial Educational Needs and Inclusion Studies student

Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18

100% of our Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Studies students were in jobs or further study 15 months after finishing their course.

Combination courses


The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000

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

Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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