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Course summary

**Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University. Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.** Course summary

  • Thrive in an inclusive and supportive environment.
  • Debate current developments in education and special education.
  • Explore approaches to autism, disability and SEN.
  • Develop skills in working with a diverse range of learners and professionals.
  • Build your employability by gaining real-world experience.
  • On this course, you’ll use the latest theories and research to explore real-world education issues such as challenging behaviour in the classroom, or supporting friendships at school. You’ll develop a broad knowledge and experience of education policy and practice, while developing a specialism in autism, disability and special educational needs. You’ll graduate with an eye-catching professional and academic portfolio.
How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. You’ll benefit from a teaching approach that is grounded in the personal and professional experience of both staff and students. Throughout the course, you’ll experience diverse learning, teaching and assessment methods to ensure you can realise your full potential. You will collaborate with your tutors to model create inclusive teaching strategiesenvironments, such as non-verbal flash-cards, and challenge accepted ideas and practices. You learn through:
  • challenging your own thinking
  • lectures + visiting speakers
  • individual reflection
  • engaging inclusively with peers
  • class debates
  • group tutorials
  • actively collaborating with others
  • real-world projects and placements
  • opportunities to study abroad
  • All assessment is coursework based.
Applied learning Work placements You undertake placements in different workplaces each year, such as schools, voluntary groups and informal educational organisations. This enables you to explore a range of potential employment opportunities during the course and gives you substantial real-world experience to prepare for your future career. Our partnership team help you find the right placement for you. You will be in a placement setting two days per week that usually lasts up to 8 weeks during a semester on each year of the course. Live projects On the course, you’ll take part in live projects, collaborating with real educational and disability organisations. These are a chance to share your knowledge and work collaboratively with local communities. Networking Opportunities You will meet and work with a range of educational professionals and organisations, on placement and during taught sessions. Our Careers and Employability team and your tutors will also introduce you to relevant professional and research networks. Developing attributes such as curiosity, independent thinking and integrity, alongside skills such as reflection, evaluation and digital literacy opens doors to a wide range of post-degree possibilities. At each level of the course, you will be supported to reflect on the experience you are gaining and will develop focused action plans to scaffold your ongoing professional journey


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information. Year 1 - Compulsory modules Inclusive Practice: Thinking Differently About Education Language, Learning And Diversity Philosophies Of Education Placement: Introducing Professional Practice Politics And Policy In Education Year 2 - Compulsory modules Challenging Ideas Of Autism, Communication And Behaviour Ethics In Education International Perspectives On Education Personal And Professional Perspectives On Special Education Placement: Developing Professional Practice Social Justice In Education Year 3 - Optional modules Placement Year Final year - Compulsory modules Debating Education: Exploring Contemporary Issues Education In The Digital Age Educational Identities Placement: Reflecting On Personal And Professional Development Research Project

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How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Demonstrating that you have work or volunteering experience in educational settings will be an advantage. Application experience guidelines are available for more information about experience requirements. Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

As you will work with children, you must complete a declaration of criminal convictions form. If successful in applying, a Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as Criminal Records Bureau) check is required.


Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skills, or equivalent.

Unistats information

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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
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15860 Year 1
International £15860 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:
Education with Autism, Disability and Special Educational Needs at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS