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Educational Practice: Special Educational Needs and Disability Foundation Degree (Level 5) - Full-time


Course outline

This course provides a professional qualification for people working or wishing to work in a wide range of roles including schools, further and higher education and the voluntary sector.

Prior students from the course have progressed their careers in SEND positions, social work, pupil referral units and specialist teachers in Autism. Most students complete their top-up to a full BA Hons and some have undertaken Masters Degrees and Doctorates.

This two year full time course is designed to develop students as highly proficient, reflective and inspirational practitioners who contribute to the continuing development of inclusive and enabling practice. Students will study the impact of policy in practice including comparative study of international perspectives on inclusion and SEND. The course will prepare students for further study or employment as specialists or general educators or to undertake a wider range of roles in other sectors. Students will gain a high level of competence in addressing a wide range of specific learning needs and disability and the ability to progress ethical approaches to sustainability and a global perspective, through, for example, education outside of the classroom and volunteer opportunities.

The course introduces the four broad areas of SEND in year one with a keener focus in year two preparing students for practice as resourceful and proactive practitioners in the increasingly diverse diagnosed learning needs in both specialist or mainstream education settings. Students will attend seminars, lectures and workshops and will develop their digital competency through research, online learning and interaction.

The focus of the course is professional practice underpinned by theoretical base and competency in the assessment of complex problems and issues. Students will undertake a work placement of 15 hours per week. By combining working experience with theoretical knowledge through effective reflection, they will develop a critical approach to a new and rapidly changing knowledge base.

You will attend seminars, lectures and workshops and develop your digital competency through online learning and interaction.

Core modules include:

  • Educational theory, principles and practice
  • Planning for inclusion
  • Creating a positive and enabling learning environment
  • Professional development and career planning
  • Policies and Practice
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder and comorbidity
  • Specific Learning Difficulties: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia
  • Research methods

How to apply for this course

Entry onto this course is via UCAS.

  • Institution code: N30
  • UCAS code: XX1F

Use the UCAS code above when applying through the UCAS website.

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Location Date Fees / reductions


Pelham Avenue


Start: 26th September 2019

Fees / reductions:

Tuition fee: £8,250

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Course code: C026378 / Q026379


Foundation Degree in Educational Practice: Special Educational Needs and Disability


2 years

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • At least two A Levels at A2
  • BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE Diploma

Other combinations of qualifications and experience will also be considered, as will Level 3 qualifications not currently listed on the UCAS tariff.

We would expect students to be working at (or to demonstrate competency at) Level 2 or above in English/literacy and maths/numeracy.

If you have a Level 5 teaching qualification (ie. Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS), Certificate in Education or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE)) you can apply for direct entry onto Year 2 of the course. You can discuss this with us at interview.

Experienced mature applicants with relevant professional experience and/or qualifications are welcome to apply.


Each module is internally assessed through individual or group assignments, which can be practical, making use of current educational thinking.

Assignments are sector-focused, e.g. lifelong learning or compulsory education, to develop the relevant skills of analysis and evaluation.


You could continue into a generic BA (Hons) Education degree or a specialist top-up degree.

You could then progress onto a PGCE, SCITT, Teach First or School Direct course. You will need GCSEs grade C/4 or above in English Language, Maths and Science for a primary school teacher post.

Additional information

This course is validated by Nottingham Trent University.

Nottingham College has the highest student satisfaction rates of colleges in the East Midlands

- 2018/19 National Student Survey

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