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

Course outline

The field of education is ever changing and opportunities arise within it for an appropriately qualified workforce who can deliver specialist training.

This course allows you to develop generic skills in teaching and learning as well as providing an opportunity for supporting students with special educational needs.

This course is designed to prepare you for employment as a specialist or general educator with a high level of competence in addressing a wide range of specific learning needs within the curriculum.

Year one provides a foundation in practical and theoretical knowledge and skills in inclusive educational theory, policy and practice. The focus on specific educational needs in year two prepares you for practice as a resourceful and proactive practitioner in the increasinglydiverse diagnosed learning needs in specialist or mainstream settings.

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

You will need to have a placement in an appropriate educational setting for a minimum of 3 hours per week.

Core modules include:

  • Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • Curriculum Planning for Inclusion
  • Creating a positive and inclusive learning environment
  • Professional development and career planning
  • Inspirational Teaching, Learning and Assessment
  • pecific Learning Difficulties
  • Research methods

If you choose to study this programme on a three-year part-time basis, we’ll arrange an appropriate study plan for you.

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
111 Canal Street

Start: 23rd September 2021

Tuition fee: £8,250

The tuition fee is per year.

Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Course code: C026378 / Q026379

111 Canal Street

Start: 22nd September 2022

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.

If you do not meet the entry requires for this Foundation Degree, the one year Access to Higher Education: Teaching will provide you with sufficient UCAS points to apply next year.


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.

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