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Course summary

Do you want to make a difference to the lives of learners of all ages with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)? In an increasingly diverse global society, there is a developing awareness of systems, practices and environments which enable people to achieve and develop to their individual potential. With our unique BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion degree, you will explore the role of education in promoting inclusion, helping you to gain experience and specialist knowledge to enable you to achieve your professional aspirations. This degree is for those planning a fulfilling career in a diverse range of areas, including primary or further education teaching, as well as roles in the community. We will explore the concepts of inclusion, marginalisation, and disability both within education and across wider society through a range of exciting modules, helping you to understand and respond to complex issues in professional practice. You will get to grips with the concept of SEND and inclusion within wider education. You will also examine complex issues surrounding inclusive provision in education and wider society. You will be graduating with a wealth of valuable personable experience and knowledge, but also the understanding to empower you as an advocate for marginalised individuals and groups. From day one, we’ll help you give real-life context to your studies and gain hands-on experience. Enhanced work-based learning and placement opportunities available through the Nottingham Institute of Education (NIoE) will give you industry experience - making you even more attractive to future employers. So, whether you’re new to the world of work or are planning a career change, you will be well prepared with our extensive network of 600 partnerships in settings, schools, colleges and the community. What you’ll study The BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion degree is for those interested in working with learners of all ages with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities. It explores national and international inclusive practice for all learners and examines a range of theoretical discourses alongside practical strategies and interventions. It includes experiential learning opportunities throughout educational and other settings, across all age phases incorporating multidisciplinary approaches. The course creates valuable employment opportunities for mainstream and specialist education and associated professions and other academic development routes.


Year One Whose Responsibility is Inclusion? (20 credit points) This module investigates key concepts and issues around inclusion. Learning in the Outdoors for All (20 credit points) This module reflects on the potential of learning outdoors for all children and young people. What is Education? (20 credit points) This module examines the process of education, as well as its wider meaning within society and politics. Introducing Special Educational Needs and Disability (20 credit points) This module introduces what we mean by Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). Developing Academic and Professional Practice (20 credit points) This module supports you in your transition into Higher Education and in understanding what is expected at this level of study and beyond. Inclusive Communication (20 credit points) This module explores the importance of communication as the foundation of learning and development. Year Two Professional Placement (20 credit points) You’ll develop professional skills through work-based learning in a placement setting which focuses on inclusive practice. Disability and Society (20 credit points) This module explores the key issues that affect the lives of children and adults with disabilities and the impact these have on their opportunities to participate fully in learning and in society. Meaningful Movement (20 credit points) This module examines the complexities of independent and organised physical activities for learners with a range of needs and disabilities. Becoming an Inclusive Researcher (20 credit points) This module focuses on research design in Education, specifically in the context of SEND. Inclusive Education in a Global World (20 credit points) This module introduces marginalisation in education and in a wider society. Inclusion in Practice (20 credit points) This module explores how learning environments can be made more inclusive of learners with a range of special educational needs or disabilities. Year Three Research Project (40 credit points) You’ll research and write a dissertation in an area of your own academic interest, in relation to Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion. Supporting Diverse Learners (40 credit points) This module investigates how the needs of diverse learners are met in our educational system. Embedding Inclusive Leaderful Practice (20 credit points) This module focuses on how leaderful practitioners respond to the constant changes, challenges and expectations of education structures, systems and policy. Multi-disciplinary Working with Agencies, Families & Settings (20 credit points) This module explores the multi-professional nature of inclusive practice, focusing on the requirements of working with agencies across health and care.

Assessment method

There are no formal exams during this course; we use a variety of assessment types to demonstrate your strengths across a number of skill sets.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

A lower offer may be made based on a range of factors, including your background (such as where you live and the school or college you attended), your experiences and individual circumstances (you may have been in care, for example). This is called a contextual offer and we get data from UCAS to make these decisions. NTU offers a student experience like no other, and this approach helps us to find students who have the potential to succeed here, but may have faced barriers that can make it more difficult to access university. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please contact Nottingham Trent University Admissions team for further information.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £16500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.
Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS