Education (Additional Learning Needs/Special Educational Needs) (with Foundation Year)

Glyndwr University, Wrexham

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

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The BA (Hons) Education (ALN/SEN) is an undergraduate programme 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 course provides the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge, skills and work experience required for immediate transfer to the workplace, or to progress into teaching via a Primary Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or Post-compulsory qualification (PcET). Additional career options include employment in informal education settings or progression to further study. Combining taught modules and placement experiences in a range of settings, our degree will enable you to interrelate the policy, theory and practice of learning and teaching for a range of learners. The interdisciplinary approach includes the sociological, historical, psychological, philosophical and contemporary aspects of education. • In the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, the Education Department at WGU were ranked first in the UK for ‘teaching quality’. • Work with lecturers from a range of professional backgrounds with a wealth of experience. • Benefit from placement opportunities in each year of the programme in a range of settings. • Module content reflects the government’s priorities for education. • Wrexham Glyndŵr University has substantial experience and a long history of offering education courses. You can also choose to study this course as a three year programme (without a foundation year) BA (Hons) Education (Additional Learning Needs/Special Education Needs) UCAS Code: 3B49

Course details


The programme is delivered through a broad range of approaches to learning and teaching such as practical workshops, projects, debates, role play, case studies, lectures and seminars. The experience gained on work placements is invaluable preparation for the education workforce, being attractive to prospective employers and helping to inform your career choices. YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR) The Education foundation year will introduce students to the theories of Child Development and how they can be applied and evidenced in practice. Students 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 experiental basis of the necessary skills to work with children, young people and families. MODULES Introduction to Child Development Introduction to Health and Well-being Introduction to Counselling Introduction to Childhood and Youth Studies Working with Children, Young People and Families YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4) In Year 2 you will develop your professional knowledge and skills in the following areas: aspects of the school curriculum, additional learning needs, developmental theories of children and young people, counselling skills and safeguarding, in addition to having a placement opportunity. MODULES Academic Development and Reflective Practice Protecting Children and Young People Development of Literacy and Numeracy Development of Children and Young People Introduction to ALN/SEN Foundations in Counselling Skills for Education YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5) In Year 3 the course content includes further placement opportunities, supporting learners with behavioural, social and emotional and communication and interaction differences, inclusion and diversity, curriculum aspects and learning beyond the classroom. MODULES Research Methods Inclusion and Diversity Curriculum (3-8 years) Supporting Children and Young People: Behavioural, Emotional and Social Differences (BESD) Supporting Children and Young People: Speech, Language and Number (ALN/SEN only) Learning Beyond the Classroom (ALN/SEN only) YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6) In Year 4 there is an opportunity to engage in action research whilst on placement. Modules also include negotiated learning, further curriculum aspects, supporting children and young people with specific learning differences such as dyslexia and exploring multi-agency support. MODULES Research Article Curriculum (7-14 years) Specialist Negotiated Learning ALN/SEN: Specialist Support Supporting Learners with Specific Learning Differences/Dyslexia 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

The modules are assessed using a variety of methods including: case studies, observation, reflection and evaluation of practice (microteaching), essays, reflective reports, portfolios, presentations, group projects, resource design and development, research articles. 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. The programmes are delivered through a broad range of approaches to learning and teaching such as practical workshops, projects, debates, role play, case studies, lectures and seminars. The experience gained on work placements is invaluable preparation for working life, being attractive to prospective employers and helping to inform your career choices.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code1X53
Institution code G53
Campus nameWrexham
Campus code-

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

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 48 points Our general entry requirement for the foundation year is 48 UCAS tariff points but all applications are considered individually and we consider work experience, vocational training/qualifications as well as motivation and potential to succeed. The programme welcomes applications from anyone who can demonstrate a commitment to the subject and the potential to complete their chosen programme successfully. This can be established by showing appropriate academic achievements or by demonstrating that they possess the knowledge and ability equivalent to the academic qualifications.
A level EEE
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
Access to HE Diploma 48 UCAS Tariff points
Scottish Higher 48 UCAS Tariff points
AS Accepted alongside A-Levels as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff requirement.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MP
Scottish Advanced Higher 48 UCAS Tariff points
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 48 UCAS Tariff points from International Baccalaureate Certificates
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Accepted as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff point requirement.
Extended Project Accepted as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff requirement.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 48 UCAS Tariff points
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Accepted alongside Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff requirement.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal 48 UCAS Tariff points
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language or Welsh Language if your first language is Welsh (Grade C/4 or above), GCSE Mathematics or Science (Grade C/4 or above).

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000* Year 1
England £9000* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000* Year 1
Scotland £9000* Year 1
Wales £9000* Year 1
Channel Islands £9000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Education (Additional Learning Needs/Special Educational Needs) (with Foundation Year) at Glyndwr University, Wrexham - UCAS