Education (Additional Learning Needs/Special Educational Needs) (with Foundation Year) Glyndwr University, Wrexham


Awarded by: Glyndŵr University (Prifysgol Glyndŵr)

The BA (Hons) Education programme follows two routes – both the BA (Hons) Education (Additional Learning Needs/Special Educational Needs) and BA (Hons) Education (Counselling Skills and Psychology) are undergraduate programmes for those seeking a career supporting learners across the sectors in educational settings, such as mainstream schools, resource provision units, special schools, post-compulsory provision or within the local authority support services.

The courses provide the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge, skills and work experience required for immediate transfer to the workplace, or to progress into teaching via a Primary Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or Post-compulsory qualification (PcET). Additional career options include employment in informal education settings or progression to further study.

Combining taught modules and placement experiences in a range of settings, our degrees will enable you to interrelate the policy, theory and practice of learning and teaching for a range of learners. The interdisciplinary approach includes the sociological, historical, psychological, philosophical and contemporary aspects of education.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Study mode


  • Location


  • Start date

    24 September 2018

  • Duration

    4 years

Course details



The Education foundation year will introduce students to the theories of Child Development and how they can be applied and evidenced in practice. Students will be given an overview of the concept of health and wellbeing in the early years and the importance of providing a healthy, safe and secure environment for children. You will gain a theoretical and experiental basis of the necessary skills to work with children, young people and families.


Introduction to Child Development
Introduction to Health and Well-being
Introduction to Counselling
Introduction to Childhood and Youth Studies
Working with Children, Young People and Families


You will explore the following areas: aspects of the school curriculum, additional learning needs, learning theories, counselling skills and safeguarding, in addition to having a placement opportunity.

All modules in Year 1 are shared between both the Education (ALN/SEN) route and the Education (Counselling Skills and Psychology) route.


Academic Development and Reflective Practice
Protecting Children and Young People
Development of Literacy and Numeracy
Introduction to the Psychology of Education (Learning Theories)
Introduction to ALN/SEN
Foundations in Counselling Skills for Education


In Years 2 and 3, common course content for both Education routes includes further placement opportunities, supporting learners with behavioural, social and emotional difficulties, inclusion and diversity, further aspects of the curriculum, together with an opportunity for negotiated learning and action research.

The ALN/SEN route’s specialist modules include supporting those with specific learning differences such as dyslexia, speech, language and number differences, learning beyond the classroom and exploring multi-agency support.


Research Methods
Inclusion and Diversity
Curriculum (3-8 years)
Supporting Children and Young People: Behavioural, Emotional and Social Differences (BESD)
Supporting Children and Young People: Speech, Language and Number (ALN/SEN only)
Learning Beyond the Classroom (ALN/SEN only)



Research Article
Curriculum (7-14 years)
Specialist Negotiated Learning
ALN/SEN: Specialist Support (ALN/SEN only)
Supporting Learners with Specific Learning Differences/Dyslexia (ALN/SEN only)

The information listed in this section 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.

Assessment method

The modules are assessed using a variety of methods including: case studies, observation, reflection and evaluation of practice (microteaching), essays, reflective reports, portfolios, presentations, group projects, resource design and development, research articles.

The programmes are delivered through a broad range of approaches to learning and teaching such as practical workshops, projects, debates, role play, case studies, lectures and seminars. The experience gained on work placements is invaluable preparation for working life, being attractive to prospective employers and helping to inform your career choices

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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 code 1X53
Institution code G53
Campus name Wrexham
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

This course is not currently available to those requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points Our general entry requirement for the foundation year is 48 UCAS tariff points but all applications are considered individually and we consider work experience, vocational training/qualifications as well as motivation and potential to succeed.

The programme welcomes applications from anyone who can demonstrate a commitment to the subject and the potential to complete their chosen programme successfully. This can be established by showing appropriate academic achievements or by demonstrating that they possess the knowledge and ability equivalent to the academic qualifications.
A level EEE
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
Access to HE Diploma 48 UCAS Tariff points
Scottish Higher 48 UCAS Tariff points
AS Accepted alongside A-Levels as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff requirement.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal 48 UCAS Tariff points
Extended Project Accepted as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff requirement.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 48 UCAS Tariff points from International Baccalaureate Certificates
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 48 UCAS Tariff points
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Accepted alongside Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff requirement.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MP
Scottish Advanced Higher 48 UCAS Tariff points
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Accepted as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff point requirement.

Wrexham Glyndwr University takes into account a variety of qualifications and experience when considering applications to our programmes. If you are unsure if the qualifications you currently hold will be accepted for entry, or if you're not sure you'll achieve the required UCAS Tariff points, please contact us at for further advice and guidance.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,000 Year 1
EU £9,000 Year 1
England £9,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 Year 1
Scotland £9,000 Year 1
Wales £9,000 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.