Education and Special Educational Needs with Foundation Year

Liverpool John Moores University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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Completing the BA (Hons) Education Studies and Inclusion with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University will enable you to play a key role in promoting social inclusion and removing barriers to learning.

  • Covers topical and controversial issues
  • Examines the socio-political and historical context that has often marginalised people
  • Opens up careers in teaching as well as social care, health and social work
  • Broad range of placement opportunities with local schools and links to special needs providers

Course details


All modules at Levels 3 and 4 are Core (mandatory). You will then study a mix of Core and Option modules at Levels 5 and 6. Foundation Year (Level 3) Core: Exploring Childhoods Exploring Learning Places and Spaces of Learning Preparing for Success: Academic Skills Investigating Liverpool Understanding Contemporary Social Issues Level 4 Core: Learners and Learning in Contemporary Society Education and Society Snapshots of Education Introducing Special and Inclusive Needs What is Disability? Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Level 5 Core: Research Approaches & Methods Schools and the Curriculum Disability and Identity Optional modules typically offered: International & Comparative Education Education, Equality and Social Justice Contemporary Issues for Young People International Placement Project Design & Implementation in Education Developing Employability Skills Through Work Based Learning Supporting the Individual and the Family Picturing Disability: From Print to Screen Creativity and Discovery Learning in the Early Years Level 6 Core: Dissertation Inclusion For All: Supporting a Range of Needs Optional modules typically offered: Gender and Ethnicity in Education Education and Technology Adult Education and Lifelong Learning Parents and Schools Radical Education Education in Fiction, Film and the Media Informal and Non-formal Education Supporting Vulnerable Children and Young People in Education International Perspectives on Disability and Inclusion Mental Health and Wellbeing Therapeutics in the Early Years Education and Technology Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers. Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Assessment method

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose. ​We recognise that all students perform differently depending on how they are being assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods. Coursework may therefore include essays, reports, presentations, newspapers, posters, diaries and a dissertation. Exams are limited to the main core modules. Constructive feedback is important in helping you to identify your strengths and areas where you may need to put in more work, so this will be provided regularly as you progress through each module.

How to apply

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






Northern Ireland

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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

Course codeH318
Institution code L51
Campus nameLiverpool John Moores University
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 72 points ​​​A DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly CRB) is a requirement of entry onto this course which involves working with children or vulnerable adults during placements. The regulations on declaring criminal convictions on a UCAS application form can be found on the UCAS website. Please contact us should you require any further information. ​​Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.
A level DDD Minimum number of A Levels required: 2 Is general studies acceptable? Yes Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications Average A Level offer: DDD Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Extended diploma subjects / grades required: MMP if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
Access to HE Diploma Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Further information: 72 UCAS Tariff points
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Additional information: Acceptable with any other combination that equates to 72 UCAS Tariff points
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Grades / subjects required: 72 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
International £11000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

All figures are subject to yearly increases. The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year.
Education and Special Educational Needs with Foundation Year at Liverpool John Moores University - UCAS