I really liked the fact that it’s a city-based campus, it meant I could get more involved with the community and get more out of my degree.


    How do you want to study?


    4 years

    UCAS code:



    Apply via UCASBook an Open Day


    Our foundation year enables you to enter into our Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Studies course even if you don’t have the formal qualifications or experience to meet the entry requirements.

    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 with Foundation Year?

    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.

    During the foundation year, you'll gain an introduction to education and human development and you'll develop the skills needed to study at degree level.

    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.

      All about the course

      The foundation year will help you develop the transferable skills you need to undertake research, reflect on your learning and communicate effectively in speech, writing and other formats. You'll learn about aspects of education and human development, and you'll gain study skills to help you throughout your degree.

      During the degree, 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.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type


      A Levels EEE
      BTEC PPP
      Access Pass 45 Credits
      International Baccalaureate 24 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More information about entry requirements.

      Candidates must be motivated to benefit from study at this level.

      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 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.

      UCAS Points

      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 GosdenCourse Director

      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 Master's 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


      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
      Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500

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

      * The tuition fees of £9,250 / £14,500 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

      Regulated by the Office for Students

      The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

      Apply now


      4 years

      UCAS code:



      Apply via UCAS

      Find out more

      Sign up to hear the latest from the University, including upcoming events, useful updates, student life and more!