University of Winchester

Degree level: Undergraduate

Education Studies and Special Educational Needs (with Foundation Year)

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Course summary

  • Education Studies achieved 100% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2018 National Student Survey
  • Excellent preparation if you want to become a teacher, or keep your options open for other careers in Special Educational Needs or care roles
  • Voluntary work in your second year counts towards academic credit
  • Benefit from a caring and dedicated tutor team to support you through your degree
Educators make a lasting impact on people’s lives. By specialising in Special Educational Needs you could make a positive impact on some of society’s most vulnerable people, while working to bring about a more inclusive society. Working in Special Educational Needs can offer some of the most rewarding, inspiring and satisfying careers possible. Our course offers you the first steps on such a pathway. You study Special Educational Needs through a diverse range of perspectives, including disability studies, psychology, sociology, philosophy, political theory and feminism. The nature of inclusivity is examined in relation to social justice, identity, gender, race and politics. The course is both a rigorous academic degree and excellent preparation for those who wish to take a PGCE and become a teacher, possibly to specialise further in Special Educational Needs. A Foundation Year is the perfect way to boost your academic skills, build your confidence and develop your wider subject knowledge so you can succeed at Winchester. This course offers an extra year of study at the start (Year 0) which leads onto a full degree programme (Years 1, 2 and 3). A Foundation Year is ideal if you are returning to education after a break; haven’t quite achieved the entry qualifications required; are wanting more support during the transition to studying at university; or are unsure about which subject you wish to pursue. In Year 0, you will study a set of modules from across the Faculty of Education which are designed to develop your academic and practical skills. This broader focus in your first year introduces you to studying at university level and provides you with a better understanding of Education Studies and Special Educational Needs and related subjects. You will experience a variety of teaching methods including lectures, discussion-based seminars and independent study. You will also receive support to boost your academic skills to prepare you for the rest of your time at Winchester. Find out more and hear from our Foundation Year students at In Year 1, you engage thoroughly with issues at the heart of special needs, disability and inclusion in education, bringing them into focus through your own experiences. In Year 2, you learn about theories that illuminate key issues in disability, impairments, exclusion and inclusion in schooling and society. You choose from a broad array of specialist modules such as Thinking about Race, Theories of Discipline, Sexuality in Education, and Social Inclusion and Exclusion. In Year 3, you draw upon your own experience and knowledge to critically evaluate policy, practice and theory in special and inclusive education. You also write a dissertation or independent study project. Additional optional modules include The Inclusive Educator, The Language of Inclusion, Inclusion and Refugees, or Education and the Arab-Islamic World. Our graduates become teachers, work with disabled children and adults, specialise in special needs in schooling, and enter caring professions. Many do pastoral work, or seek postgraduate degrees, for example, the MA Philosophy of Education.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Applicants who wish to apply for advanced standing (exemption from part of a programme) based on previous study are considered on an individual basis. Applicants are required to provide transcripts. confirming the module titles and grades they have already achieved, as well as module handbooks and/or programme specifications showing the learning outcomes of the modules completed.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants are usually required to hold a minimum of 1 x A-level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 1 x BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas) and we accept all A-level subjects, including Critical Thinking, General Studies and own-language A-levels. If you are a mature student, your application will be considered on its individual merits and work or other professional experience may be taken into consideration in lieu of other published requirements.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Student Visa sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.

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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 £14700 Year 1
International £14700 Year 1

Additional fee information

For further information about any additional costs associated with this course please see the individual course page on the University of Winchester website (
Education Studies and Special Educational Needs (with Foundation Year) at University of Winchester - UCAS