Special Educational Needs and Disability FD of the Arts

About the course

With the need for SEND (special educational needs and disability) practitioners in each phase of education, the demand for people with this specialist knowledge continues to grow.

This course will develop your existing knowledge of contemporary theories, policy and practices of work-based practitioners in SEND using your own experience of working with children in variety of educational contexts including residential, special and mainstream schools.

You will explore the complex nature of SEND education, child development, and the developing child in the context of their family and society - both locally and globally - with a particular emphasis on using your workplace to provide context and focus.

Special Educational Needs and Disability - FD of the Arts - Central Bedfordshire College

  • Apply Via - DIRECT ENTRY
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code -
  • Campus Location - Central Bedfordshire College
  • Start dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - | Part-time evening

  • A downloadable version of the course specification is currently unavailable. For more information on course information please email - admission@beds.ac.uk

Why choose this course?

Education in Guardian League 2018

  • Gain a strong foundation in Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies from a variety of professional perspectives, providing opportunities for you to develop your own individual academic and work interests linking your current practice to your developing theoretical knowledge.
  • Explore the complexity of defining inclusive practice; child development; barriers to development and learning that some children face; and understanding SEND in the context of family and society in local and global contexts.
  • Learn the importance of educational research and enquiry and carry out research in your specialist area, providing the background for you to work in multi-disciplinary education and care teams.
  • Benefit from a course that will allow you to continue your studies at degree level through the University of Bedfordshire's BA Applied Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies degree.
  • Challenge yourself with further study to then gain Qualified Teacher Status, or the Early Years Teacher Status (GSCE grades A-C in Maths, English and Science or equivalent required)

Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Areas of study may include:

  • Developing inclusive practice
  • Enriching the learning environment
  • Learning development
  • SEND: School, family, community and context
  • Strategies and interventions in learning

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We are very proud of our excellent reputation in training teachers, which spans over 100 years, and of the strong and effective partnership with schools and colleges in Bedford Borough; Central Beds; Luton; Milton Keynes and Peterborough. Our employment rate is amongst the highest in the country and the university hosts an annual Teaching Fair, which brings students and employers together for job and networking opportunities.

We take particular care to ensure that the individual needs of all students are met, and we encourage all students to reach their potential in a supportive environment.

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How will I be assessed?

Entry requirements

A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.

Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.

2017/18 entry

UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.

Many students studying for foundation degrees come to us through work-based routes so you can apply for a foundation degree even if you don't have traditional academic qualifications.

We welcome applicants with relevant work experience.

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

You will have the opportunity to continue your studies at degree level through the University of Bedfordshire's BA Applied Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies..

You could then choose to follow a Primary PGCE / Schools Direct programme to gain Qualified Teacher Status (GSCE grades A*-C in Maths, English and Science).

For those who do not wish to progress on to the top up degree you have various options in employment including leadership and management roles within a Special Educational Needs and Disability setting.

Fees and Funding

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • Fees are £6,200

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • International students cannot apply for Foundation Degrees.

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.


Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

How to Apply


Special Educational Needs and Disability - FD of the Arts

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