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Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Inclusive Practice in Education (Accelerated Degree)

Inclusive Practice in Education (Accelerated Degree)

Inclusive Practice in Education (Accelerated Degree)


Gain an understanding of the challenges, complexities and rewards of inclusive practice in education. This two-year accelerated degree will help you develop your identity as an emerging practitioner, working with children and young people across the 3-18-year age range within mainstream and specialist settings.

You will examine how children learn from a psychological perspective and identify ways in which you can support their needs through building examples of best teaching practice, removing barriers to participation and creating inclusive and enabling environments.

You will explore what it means to celebrate diversity, considering the role of language and culture, how to support children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), and investigate the importance of whole school approaches when working with displaced children. Through this study, you will begin to develop ideas to promote inclusion for all learners.

Working with different stakeholders in educational settings, you will gain an understanding of the policy and practice behind collaborative working.  You will also demonstrate knowledge of a range of social, economic, political and cultural issues that have shaped the education system over time and have ultimately impacted children’s life chances.

Investigating associated research and practices from around the world, you will identify global perspectives on current issues, such as mental health and wellbeing, and you will document your findings in the form of a literature review for your dissertation.

In your final year, you will undertake a unique research experience drawing on the creative arts to investigate and present a research journey that explores how to engage and empower particular learners.

You will join a community of like-minded peers and teaching experts in the Carnegie School of Education. Our specialist team draws together academics and industry professionals who continue to shape and influence policy in education, including Professor Jonathan Glazzard whose research is helping to transform mental health in schools.

Through professional experiences and work-related activities, you will have the opportunity to attend both mainstream and wider educational settings, including specialist schools and charitable organisations, either in the UK or abroad. You will reflect upon your experience from both settings as part of your module assessment.

Guest lectures and networking events will further refine your knowledge, allowing you to learn from researchers and people working in the field. You will also be supported to develop a professional portfolio, as well as presentation and interview skills, through carefully designed taught elements and assessments to help you prepare for your future career aspirations.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

To study this course, you will require broadband internet connection with a speed of 2mbps and working speakers. You will need Windows 7 / Mac OSX 10.8 or above and have access to Chrome v63 or higher (recommended), Edge v42+, Firefox v57+ or Safari v6+. Java and Adobe Acrobat Reader will need to be enabled and you will need a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768.

Visit our distance learning guide for a complete list of technical requirements.

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Course Features

  • Dedicated in-school student advice/coaching service
  • 24/7 Library
  • Placements
  • TEF Silver Award
Transforming mental health in schools: "The work we do ensures that mental health difficulties at school do not stand in the way of a young person's success in the future." - Professor Jonathan Glazzard, Carnegie School of Education
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Teaching and learning

Esther Cummins
Esther Cummins
After graduating with first class honours in primary education with QTS, Esther worked as a primary, nursery and reception class teacher and SENCo in schools in Kent, Oxford and North Yorkshire. She has also been an Acting Assistant Principal helping to establish a new free school. Esther’s distinction in her masters in international educational management, equipped her to be an Inclusion Manager, early years and foundation stage leader, and senior leader with responsibility for data analysis and celebration of diversity. She draws on her experience and expertise to share her passion for inclusive practice with her students.
This course provides a fantastic balance between academic study and inclusive practice experience. Studying on campus and alongside research-active academics, you will tackle the big issues in education relating to inclusion. You will then put this knowledge into practice during school-based directed tasks and on your professional experiences, supporting you on your journey to becoming an outstanding inclusive practitioner.
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  • Headingley Campus Library
    Headingley Campus Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing round-the-clock access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

  • Headingley Campus
    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.

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