Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)

Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth


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TEF Silver

Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John) has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.

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This degree is perfect for those who would like to work with children, young people or adults who have a disability, and their families or carers. The course is designed with professionals, enabling you to learn the latest and most relevant content. You’ll explore disability and special educational needs theories and policies, and you’ll gain real-world experience, enabling you to share your expertise
confidently when you begin your career.

Why this course at Marjon?
• Course designed with experts in the field.
• Focus on recent major government reforms and their impact in practice.
• Placements in first and second year.
• You will be provided with the tools necessary to promote true inclusivity throughout your personal and professional life.

What might I become?
Work in charities, healthcare, voluntary organisations or all stages of education, or move into further training, for example as a teacher or a social worker.

Find out more at Open Day
Open Day is your opportunity to find out more about studying Special Education Needs & Disability Studies at Marjon. You’ll meet lecturers and find out why we are ranked second in the UK for teaching quality*. Our student life talks will help you prepare to go to university, covering topics such as careers, funding, sport and our award winning on-campus student support service. You can also take a tour of the campus with a current student and find out about the student-led clubs and societies.

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Why study at Marjon?
• Awarded SILVER Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
• High quality teaching Ranked No 1 in England for teaching quality in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
• Joint 12th in UK for Student Satisfaction as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
• Top 10 in the UK for student experience as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019*.
• 5th in UK for Courses and Lecturers in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA) 2019.

*Ranked in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, published 23 Sept 2018. Oxford and Cambridge excluded due to low response rates.

Course details


Molly -Second year, Special Education Needs & Disability Studies;
“In our first year we did a lot of work on wellbeing and health, with a particular focus on mental health. We also touched on psychology and the way people learn. Now we’re learning social theories and how society thinks about different disabilities and their needs. In the third year we’ll do our dissertations and pick our focus based on where we want to go after the degree. Throughout the course there are opportunities for work placements to gain practical skills.”

1st Year
Engaging with Learning
Introduction to psychology
Introduction to Disability Studies
Health and Wellbeing
SEN Concepts and Contexts

2nd Year
Comparative and International Perspectives in SEN and Disability
Disability and Social Theory
Developing inclusive education
Research Methods
Interprofessional practice: safeguarding

3rd Year
Critical Issues in Disability and Care
Professional contexts: the role of practitioners
Understanding and managing specific learning disabilities
Mental health, lifelong conditions and young people

Assessment method

We fully recognise the value of assessing knowledge in a wholly flexible and individualised way. Therefore, assessments vary in format from essays, to producing materials to use on placement, from doing your own research to working in project groups to presentation delivery. We can adapt our methods of assessment depending on student needs.

How to apply

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 X360
Institution code P63
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

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

Year 2 – Higher National Certificate or evidence of 120 Credits gained at Higher Education. Module details will be required to check that previous study matches Marjon curriculum. Year 3 – Foundation Degree or evidence of 240 credits gained at Higher Education. Module details will be required to check that previous study matches Marjon curriculum.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 88 points Must be achieved from 3 A levels, BTECs or other acceptable Level 3 qualifications
A level CCD Excluding General Studies
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMP or a combination of BTEC Level 3 grades
Access to HE Diploma Pass with 3-36 Level 3 credits at Merit/Distinction with a minimum of 3 credits at Distinction
AS We will accept 2 AS levels in lieu of one A level but must be accompanied by 2 A Levels or BTECs
General Studies is excluded.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Grade C or 4 English Language or an acceptable equivalent qualification

Other Level 3 qualifications will be considered

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £11,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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

Provider information

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Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)
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