Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Glyndŵr University (Prifysgol Glyndŵr)

ALN Special Educational Needs and Disability (FY)

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Course summary

This course is for those seeking a career supporting learners across the sectors in educational settings such as mainstream schools, resource provision units, special schools, post-compulsory provision or within the local authority support services. The interdisciplinary approach includes the sociological, historical, psychological, philosophical and contemporary aspects of education relating to the diverse range and nature of ALN/SEND and the processes through which learners may secure their educational entitlement; and knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, delivery and evaluation of a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that meets the needs of learners with ALN/SEND. The course: provides the opportunity to develop the specialist knowledge, skills and work experience needed to go straight into the workplace or teaching via a Primary Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or Post-compulsory qualification (PcET) opens up additional employment opportunities in informal education settings or progression to further study combines taught modules and placement experiences in a range of settings enables you to interrelate the policy, theory and practice of learning and teaching for a range of learners and a range of ALN/SEND including communication and interaction needs and SpLD/Dyslexia. KEY COURSE FEATURES Study topics which are contemporary and directly related to the education of children and supporting those with a range of ALN/SEND Experience extended placements within the children’s workforce Engage in research whilst out on placement whilst being guided by experienced practitioners Use your current relevant employment as your placement or seek exciting new experiences Receive support from an experienced staff team and academic tutorial system


YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR) The Education foundation year will introduce you to the theories of Child Development and how they can be applied and evidenced in practice. You will be given an overview of the concept of health and wellbeing in the early years and the importance of providing a healthy, safe and secure environment for children. You will gain a theoretical and experiential basis of the necessary skills to work with children, young people and families. MODULES The Skills You Need Introduction to Child Development Introduction to Health and Wellbeing Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Young People Introduction to Skills for the Workplace Contextual Studies YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4) The first year offers students a broad understanding of some of the main issues involving work with children, young people and families. This is a core year studied by all students to ensure the subject foundations, key study skills and preparation for placement are all in place. MODULES Learning to Learn in Higher Education Child Development and Play Introduction to ALN/SEND Preparing for your Placement Placement 1 YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5) This year builds upon the core skills gained at level 4 and introduces a specialist module specific to your study route and an optional module to choose from. A key part of level 5 is the introduction to research skills and an extended placement. MODULES Supporting Children and Young People: Communication and Interaction (Specialist Module) Inclusion and Diversity (Optional Module) Well-being and Resilience (Optional Module) Practice Informed Research Placement 2 YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6) The final year builds upon prior learning, requires more independent study and involves students completing a research project. This year you will study two specialist modules and develop your leadership skills. MODULES Supporting Pupils with SpLD/Dyslexia (Specialist Module) ALN/SEND: Specialist Support (Specialist Module) Leadership and Professional Development Practice Informed Research Project Placement 3 The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment method

A range of assessment methods are used throughout your studies and could include: essays and reports; case studies; observations; portfolios; presentations and a research project at level 6. These varied assessment strategies help individuals to develop a range of transferrable skills required for work within mainstream and alternative education and community settings. TEACHING AND LEARNING Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential. We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available. Teaching hours are as follows: Year 1 (Level 4)(up to 8 hours a week module contact; 1 hour a week tutorial; an average of 16 hours a week private study) Year 2 (Level 5) (up to 9 hours a week module contact; 1 hour a week tutorial; an average of 15 hours a week private study) Year 3 (Level 6) (up to 9 hours a week module contact; 1 hour a week tutorial; an average of 15 hours a week private study) Placement forms a major part of the programme at each level of study: Year 1 (min of 90 hours); Year 2 (min of 134 hours); Year 3 (min of 45 hours). You will be expected to mirror the working hours of the staff within the placement setting you attend.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

This course is not currently available to those requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Wrexham Glyndwr University takes into account a variety of qualifications and experience when considering applications to our programmes. If you are unsure if the qualifications you currently hold will be accepted for entry, or if you're not sure you'll achieve the required UCAS Tariff points, please contact us at [email protected] for further advice and guidance.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Experience of working with children/families within the UK.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1

Additional fee information

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ALN Special Educational Needs and Disability (FY) at Glyndwr University, Wrexham - UCAS