This course is a progression route if you are a graduate of an FdA Professional Practice in Special Educational Needs and Disability (or similar award), and have current and relevant experience, of working sector. This course will equip you with a critical understanding of sociological, psychological and philosophical values that shape Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). The course explores policy and practice in SEND, in different educational, cultural and social settings. It promotes your appreciation of the need for inclusive, relevant and ever-changing teaching strategies to meet diverse learning needs. You will be challenged to consider interpretations and responses to needs in practice, seeking solutions and opportunities to advocate for change. You will develop knowledge and understanding of different needs and acquire skills in meeting these, through examining theory and engaging in research. Typical entrants to the course will be working practitioners within the sector. The programme is offered through distance-learning, thus enabling you to participate alongside your regular, ongoing employment in the sector. As a distance learner you will take greater ownership of your study, being responsible for your learning as an independent and self-directed student. The modular structure and varied design of the course supports you in accessing, utilising and becoming confident with online study materials. It is anticipated that you will spend at least 6 hours per week engaging in learning activities. You will be supported through online contact with tutors at BGU and will have access to BGU’s wider services such as digital learning development, electronic resources and online study skills materials. The programme is offered through distance-learning, thus enabling you to participate alongside your regular, ongoing employment in the sector. As a distance learner you will take greater ownership of your study,being responsible for your learning as an independent and self-directed student. The modular structure and varied design of the course supports you in accessing, utilising and becoming confident with online study materials. It is anticipated that you will spend at least 6 hours per week engaging in learning activities. You will be supported through online contact with tutors at BGU and will have access to BGU’s wider services such as digital learning development, electronic resources and online study skills materials. As access to our Virtual Learning Environment and other learning tools is via a modern web browser such as Firefox or Chrome, you will require access to a computer with reliable internet connectivity. It is also recommended to have access to an office productivity package (such as Microsoft Office) and the ability to read and create PDF files. You will be entitled to a free copy of the Microsoft Office suite for the duration of your studies. Each assessment task on this course promotes deep engagement with the subject and, in particular, the interplay between theory and practice. The assessment methods take account of needs of distance learners, maximising access to available resources through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and associated applications. You will haveopportunities to use multi-media alongside more orthodox techniques of written assignment, portfolio and project reports, also achievable online. Graduating students of our existing SEND courses have gone on to Initial Teacher Training and/or continued in higher education. In addition to careers in education and ultimately special educational needs, graduates in this particular subject are also well-placed to develop careers in research-based settings, local authority provision, private sector educational providers, social care settings or within the voluntary sector. Find out more: https://www.bishopg.ac.uk/course/sendiprac/
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Applicants are expected to have a Foundation Degree or equivalent (L5 qualification of 240 credits, with no fewer than 120 credits at L5) in Special Educational Needs/Disabilities or a cognate subject. Typically, applicants will evidence at least two years’ professional practice supporting children, young people or adults with special educational needs/disabilities in a relevant, professional work setting. A minimum of one year is required for entrance to this programme. Applicants are expected to have ongoing access to a relevant work setting for at least 360 hours for the duration of the programme (average 12 hours a week). Additionally, applicants are expected to have written support from the work setting. This is a distance-learning programme, which requires students to have access to and confidence in using a compatible, internet enabled device. Further advice is available from the University’s Centre for Enhancement in Learning and Teaching (CELT). Applicants with alternative qualifications can contact our Enquiries team for advice as BGU is committed to widening access and participation and adheres to a strict policy of non-discrimination. In accordance with University conditions, students are entitled to apply for accredited prior learning, AP(C)L, based on relevant credit at another HE institution or credit awarded for experiential learning, (AP(E)L). If you’ve recently completed or studied a particular module as part of a previous qualification, this may mean that you’re not required to undertake a particular module of your BGU course. However, this must be agreed in writing and you must apply for this. Further Information Click here for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|