Special Needs and Inclusive Education BA (Hons)

About the course

This course will provide you with a stimulating programme that ensures a sound knowledge of Special Needs and Inclusive Education and the role of professionals who serve the needs of children, young people (0-25) and their families.

You will explore special and inclusive curricula, challenging behaviour, communication and language, international aspects of special education, individual life stories and reflect upon the role of adults in the education of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

This will fully prepare you for a diverse range of professional roles in special and mainstream educational settings and for further, possibly postgraduate, study or teacher training.

You will explore your individual interests through personal study and work placements in some units. You are encouraged to gain voluntary experience and reflect upon your experiences and professional development in your academic work.

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course Level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - X360
  • Campus Location - Bedford Campus
  • Start Dates - Feb,Sep
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full-time | Part-time day
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This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.

A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course. 

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification. 

There is also a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2019.


With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire. 

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree. 

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

 

Why study a Foundation Year degree?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 

Why choose this course?

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  • Learn through lectures, seminars, placements and practical workshops
  • Study issues around supporting children and young people with special needs and disabilities in a range of educational settings
  • Understand international perspectives on special needs and inclusive education
  • Develop the ability to understand the importance of educational research and to carry out your own research
  • Gain experience through  work placements and a strong focus on employability
  • Explore issues like diversity, equality, rights, inclusion, exclusion, behaviour, communication, cognition and learning.
  • Benefit from a degree that fully prepares you for varied work in a variety of educational settings, for further study or teacher training
  • Benefit from studying with staff who have extensive experience in the field of special needs and inclusive education

Study a multidisciplinary course that prepares you for a key role in teaching and supporting children and young adults with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), a key area for education policy and practice.

With many different future roles for those with the right blend of skills and knowledge, this course integrates discussion of theories, policies and practices related to special needs and inclusive education, both UK-based and international. The staff team encourages you to gain relevant work experience both in the degree and as a volunteer.

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What will I learn?

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  • Contextualising Special Needs And Inclusive Education (EDC057-1) Compulsory
  • Early Child Psychology (EDC054-1) Compulsory
  • Key Concepts In Special Needs Education (EDC040-1) Compulsory
  • Narratives Of Childhood (EDC048-1) Compulsory
  • Psychology Of Adolescence (EDC049-1) Compulsory
  • Understanding The Workplace (EDC052-1) Compulsory
  • Inclusive Curriculum And Pedagogy (EDC049-2) Compulsory
  • Investigating The Social World (EDC021-2) Compulsory
  • The Professional Workplace (EDC064-2) Compulsory
  • Children And Young People In The Digital Age (EDC069-2) Optional
  • Deschooling (EDC061-2) Optional
  • Developing Professional Practice (EDC062-2) Optional
  • Developing Teaching Practice (EDC063-2) Optional
  • Policy And Practice In Special Educational Needs And Disability (EDC068-2) Optional
  • The Lifelong Curriculum (EDC067-2) Optional
  • Communication Language And Teaching (EDC211-3) Compulsory
  • Critical Debates In Send Education (EDC154-3) Compulsory
  • Dissertation (EDC207-3) Compulsory
  • Beyond Professionalism (EDC203-3) Optional
  • Children And Young People�S Wellbeing (EDC204-3) Optional
  • Children, Young People And The Media (EDC212-3) Optional
  • Children�S Literature (EDC205-3) Optional
  • Contemporary Debates In Education, Childhood And Youth (EDC206-3) Optional
  • Perspectives On Pedagogy And Behaviour (EDC210-3) Optional
  • Representations Of Disability (EDC209-3) Optional
  • Technology Enhanced Education (EDC217-3) Optional

How will I be assessed?

This course provides a range of assessment methods to support the diverse needs of all learners. Assessments include exams, essays, reports, posters, case studies, and presentations. The assignments will build directly on the teaching sessions and you will be supported by lecturers to complete the assignments. 

  • Written work including essays, case studies, portfolios, webfolios, reports and dissertation (approx. 70%)
  • Presentations, posters, vivas (approx. 18%)
  • Exams and tests (approx. 12%)

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS introduced a new tariff for courses 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.

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

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

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

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Enhancing your employability is central to the course. The course provides you with an opportunity to gain vital work experience in an educational setting in years 2 and 3.

We promote a range of opportunities to become involved in local organisations as a volunteer or if possible in a paid role. In conjunction with the Careers and Employability Service we hold an education fair each year with a wide range of visiting organisations, offering voluntary positions (such as Autism Bedfordshire).

Successful completion of the BA (Hons) Special Needs and Inclusive Education degree programme will enable you to enter a diverse range of careers. You will be in a strong position to apply for a primary teacher training programme (e.g. a PGCE or school-led course). Teachers with this degree may choose to eventually teach in a range of educational settings, including special schools. They may subsequently follow routes (eg a SENCo course) to become Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) in their schools.

Other career paths include specialist graduate teaching assistants within educational settings, working within Local Authority Support Services for children and young people with SEND, working in Early Years settings as a specialist in SEND, and non-government organisations such as charities, for example current students are working with Autism Bedfordshire and Bedford and District Cerebral Palsy Society. A number of graduates may also continue their studies with specialist Masters courses or PhD research.

This is an exceptional course that truly supports students to succeed. We want to support you to develop the skills and passion necessary to work in and around the field of inclusion and special educational needs.
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more

 

Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2018/19 is £11,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

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

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

    Extra Costs

    Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

    Facilities

    Physical Education and Sports Science Centre

    Sports Hall

    The sports hall is an integral space in the School of Sport Science and Physical Activity, complementing discipline leading Sport and Exercise Science and modern biological analysis laboratories, all co-located on the Bedford campus.

    The sports hall is a major teaching facility for the University's Sport and Physical Education degree courses which have trained physical educators in the UK for over a century.

    Together with its associated facilities it provides our trainee teachers and coaches with a superb environment in which to coach and teach pupils from local primary schools who are also benefiting from this new facility.

    The sports hall is proud to host all Bedfordshire Bulls students' sports matches as well as national standard sporting events including British University College Sports championships – one of the few indoor sporting venues in the county to host prestigious tournaments all year round.

    The facility also plays host to a number of University promoted Get into Sport activities which are open to all University students and staff.

    Specialist labs

    Our specialist labs give students a fantastic environment to develop their research skills and expertise, where a student can explore the biology of an elite athlete who could be performing simultaneously within the sports hall.

    Few Sport Science courses in the country offer students such unique discipline leading research experience and skills, alongside intimate access to world leading researchers within their field. Students are regularly offered the opportunity to be involved within discipline defining Sport, Health and Exercise Science research

    Our state-of-the-art laboratories are purpose built for research and teaching in the fields of exercise and nutrition science. This includes specialised equipment and facilities for assessing human health risk and delivering exercise and diet interventions for health promotion.

    This includes:

    • Dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) for assessing bone density and body fat content
    • BodPod and underwater weighing tank for body composition assessment
    • Environmental chamber that controls temperature, humidity, and oxygen levels in the air
    • Wet lab for assessing metabolic and hormone markers in blood

    Our £8m Physical Education and Sport Science Centre was used to train athletes in the 2012 Olympics.

    Theatre and dance studio facilities

    • 280 seat theatre
    • 80 studio theatre
    • Four fully-sprung dance studios
    • Dance studios equipped with ballet bars, mirrors, audio playback, internet and projection
    • Large dressing rooms with en suite showers
    • A scenery workshop reserved solely for student productions
    • Large 6m by 12m white Cyclorama screen for projection and lighting
    • State of the art HD projectors
    • Full backstage comms system with audio and video relay
    • Extensive lantern stock including Led fixtures, strobes and moving lights
    • State-of-the-art, industry-standard lighting and sound consoles
    • Built in media desk and roll-down screen

    Gateway Building

    Opened in January 2015 the Gateway is an impressive building featuring high-quality teaching spaces, informal learning spaces, and lecture theatres (including a Harvard style lecture theatre); as well as a new student services centre.

     

    Campus Centre

    Campus Centre featuring a 280-seat professional theatre, dance studios, a fairtrade café and social space for students.

    Accommodation at Bedford

    For on-campus student accommodation choose from luxury living at Liberty Park's modern en-suite study bedrooms or the Student Village which offers standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities, and en-suite rooms with a private shower. All have fully-equipped kitchens. Our rooms are on-campus and have easy access to the town centre and train station.

    Subjects studied at Bedford campus

    • Primary Education
    • Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education
    • Education Studies
    • Physical Education and Sport Studies
    • Sport and Exercise Sciences
    • Tourism and Leisure
    • Accounting and Business Management
    • Performing Arts and Dance
    • Social Work

    Bedford town location

    The Bedford campus is a 20-minute walk from the town centre. The University offers a free bus service for staff and students that runs between Bedford town centre and the campus.

    Directions to Bedford campus

    Bedford offers excellent transport links to the rest of the UK as it sits between the M1 and the A1. The town connects by train to Luton (20 minutes) and London (40 minutes).

    How to Apply

    Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

    EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

    International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country
    You can also apply online

    Find out more about how to apply as an International student

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