Course summary

Have you ever thought about working towards a degree, but decided against it as you are already in employment or volunteering and don’t want to give that up? Our FdA Professional Practice in Special Educational Needs & Disability course is designed for those looking to develop personal and professional skills in relation to working with children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities in a school or educational setting.

Please note that this course is taught at Grantham College.

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2 years

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Bishop Grosseteste University

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About this course

This work-based Foundation Degree programme is a combination of practice-based learning and campus-based teaching sessions that take place once a week, allowing you to continue working or volunteering throughout the course. Throughout the two-year programme, you will integrate your previous experience of working with children into your studies.

This course will be of interest to those with an interest in working with children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities in a school or educational setting and/or who wish to develop their skills and knowledge to a higher level to develop career opportunities or progress to an undergraduate degree.

This foundation degree is designed to improve and develop personal and professional skills. The programme increases knowledge and understanding of the complex relationships which exist between those with special educational needs and disabilities, the educational setting and the educators/support staff meeting individual needs, inter-agency working, inclusion, core curriculum and assessment.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have substantive work-place experience (normally, at least one year) in a relevant setting, with on-going access to the work-place for the duration of the programme. Students will need to undertake a minimum of 12 hours per week in a relevant work setting for the duration of the programme. Typically, students will evidence previous study up to level 3, in a relevant area (e.g. STLS, Early Childhood, Health & Social Care), and demonstrate functional literacy to the level required for degree study.

How you will be taught

The programme delivery structure is designed to facilitate studying alongside employment, and includes four 30 credit modules each year. Typically, a full-time student will study two modules in each semester. Formal contact hours for lectures, seminars and tutorials will be at the delivering institution for one evening and one afternoon per week, which will typically be on the same day. A range of assessment styles and techniques are included in the programme which enables students to achieve positive outcomes by a range of different means.

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Assessment is through a variety of methods including essays, presentations, journals and portfolios depending on the module content.

Careers & Further study

On successful completion of this course you may be able to progress on to a BA (Hons) Degree.

Future careers include:

  • Primary or special school teaching
  • SEND Classroom Assistant
  • Youth Work
  • Social Care Setting
  • Private Sector Educational Providers

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Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. For 2023 entry, the application fee is £27, and you can make a maximum of 6 choices. For 2024 entry the application fee is £27.50.
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