Education and Special Educational Needs

Liverpool John Moores University

Degree level: Undergraduate
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Course summary

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The Education Studies and Inclusion programme engages with topical and controversial issues relating to disability and special needs such as: representation, access to learning, education, employment and health, end of life issues, embryo selection, and euthanasia and considers specific needs such as dyslexia, ADHD, language and communication difficulties. Throughout the programme, there is a constant emphasis on the link between theory and practice, in order for students to become critically informed and reflective practitioners.

  • Opens up careers in a wide range of areas such as social care, teaching, health and social work
  • Broad range of placement opportunities with local schools and links to special needs providers
  • Lecturers are passionate about inclusion and this is reflected within the sessions
  • Guest speakers deliver sessions from a wide range of relevant professions
  • Campus location: Teaching will commence at IM Marsh Campus, but may be subject to change during your degree

Course details


Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study. 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: •Project Design & Implementation in Education •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 •International Perspectives on Disability and Inclusion •Mental Health and Wellbeing •Radical Education •Education in Fiction, Film and the Media •Informal and Non-formal Education •Supporting Vulnerable Children and Young People in Education •Working Therapeutically within Early Childhood Further guidance on modules The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ 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. 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. A wide range of assessments are used throughout the three years of study. These include presentations either individually or as part of a group. Some modules within the course use poster presentations as part of the assessment. Students may be required to compile a portfolio of differing forms of assessment. Artefacts and essays are also part of the assessment range. Your marks and feedback will be available within 15 working days of submitting a piece of work. That’s because we believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to develop further.

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 codeXX31
Institution code L51
Campus nameLiverpool John Moores University
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 104 points
A level BCC 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: BCC Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
Access to HE Diploma Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Further information: 104 UCAS Tariff points
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications Additional information: 104 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: 104 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

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

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
International £15600 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 at Liverpool John Moores University - UCAS