About the Special Educational Needs Undergraduate course
We're dedicated to helping everyone who works in schools make a positive difference to outcomes for children whatever their needs.
This course, delivered in collaboration with the Institute of Child Education & Psychology Europe (ICEP Europe), is aimed at HLTAs and experienced support staff working in primary, secondary or early years settings. Whether you work as a teaching assistant, learning mentor, behavioural support or playworker, you'll develop the confidence and knowledge to meet the needs of all the children you work with.
Our course is also suitable for those who already hold degree level credits and who wish to build towards a degree. Teachers would also benefit from study on this programme.
This is an online course - you won't need any time out of the classroom to attend university - and you'll acquire highly-valued expertise in special needs education that can be used in schools around the UK. You'll study autism, ADHD, learning difficulties, disabilities, best practice in inclusive education and dyslexia, looking at how information is processed in the brain, at learning and memory.
In addition, you'll have the opportunity to look at social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, and autism - the behavioural and social issues, the triggers and the strategies you can use to support these pupils in the classroom.
Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: twice as many of our staff - 220 - were entered into the research assessment for 2014 compared to the number entered in 2008.
Normally applicants will have completed 120 level 5 credits and have English Language GCSE grade C or equivalent. Applicants should include their occupational experience, career history and future aspirations in their supporting information.
All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link.
IELTS:IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature ApplicantsOur University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.
If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.
Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
MODULES & LEARNING
- For the advanced course, you will study three of the modules listed below.
Build your knowledge of the learning and behavioural implications associated with this complex disorder, the strategies for identifying and supporting students with ADHD and how you can contribute to positive outcomes for ADHD students.
Develop your approach to working with autistic children by identifying specific interventions and strategies which can be used in their classroom.
Enhance your skills for identifying and responding to the learning needs of pupils with dyslexia. You will explore how you can make a difference to the lives and learning of those with dyslexia.
Learn about the key issues around educating students with special educational needs in the classroom, and to review the best-practice approaches to inclusive education.
An overview of the potential learning difficulties that pupils with general difficulties and physical disabilities may experience, enabling you to identify and evaluate a range of options in teaching methods.
Understand the nature and origins of SEBD and its implications in the classroom. You'll study how to identify and respond effectively to the diverse needs of children with SEBD or at risk of such difficulties.
Nick Mitchell Nick MitchellPrincipal Consultant
Working on special educational needs and inclusion over the past six years has introduced me to some of the most dedicated, thoughtful and talented people with whom I have ever had the privilege to work with.After working as a secondary school science teacher for six years, Nick became an educational researcher and tutor, firstly at the University of Leeds and more recently at the University of Nottingham where he was a member of the Becoming a Teacher Project Team. Nick's main interest lies in developing new ways to deliver online learning to students.
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