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Education Studies - SEN, Disabilities and Inclusion

BA (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

X301

Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Location

Harcourt Hill

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: up to 6 years

Department

School of Education

UCAS Tariff Points

112

Overview


Education Studies: SEN, Disabilities and Inclusion (SENDI) gives you the chance to explore the experiences of children and young people who can find themselves marginalised or excluded from traditional educational settings. 

You will gain a deep understanding of the diverse learning needs and explore a broad range of special educational needs and disabilities, such as:

  • the experiences of children in care
  • young carers
  • young people not in employment
  • education or training
  • unaccompanied children.

You will have the opportunity to gain real world experience of working in an Alternative Educational provision. 

Our teaching staff specialise in SENDI. They have recent experience working with children with complex educational needs, communication difficulties and challenging behaviours.

This degree provides an excellent foundation for a range of professional careers, including:

  • primary teaching
  • youth advocacy/work and mentorship
  • support in alternative educational settings 
  • roles in health and social care.
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How to apply


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30

BTEC: DMM

BTEC qualifications should be in a relevant field of study.

Other typical offers include:

  • CACHE Diploma in a relevant field of study at B
  • Access to Higher Education qualifications in a relevant field of study.

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
2019/20
Home/EU Full Time
£9,250

Home/EU Part Time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088
2019/20
Home/EU Full Time
£9,250

Home/EU Part Time
£750 per single module

International full time
£13,410

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Additional costs

We do not expect students to purchase any compulsory course books, as they are all available in the library. If students wish to purchase additional books to supplement their reading, this is at their own discretion.

Field Trips are optional and the cost will be in addition to your course fees. The approximate cost for the Gambia trip in 2018 is £1200.

Learning and assessment


In your first year you will undertake the same modules as Education Studies students. You will examine key educational issues more generally. You will then focus on the inclusion of children and young people with diverse learning needs.

In your second year you will begin to work towards the SENDI named award.

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Study modules

Year 1

Introduction to Child and Adolescent Development

You will have the opportunity to examine understandings of notions of development and the ways in which developmental issues both underpin, and impact upon, children's learning.

Key Ideas in Education

This module introduces significant ideas and concepts in schooling, higher education and lifelong learning that continue to resonate in contemporary educational debate. You will scrutinise these ideas from a theoretical perspective and take a critical stance on contemporary educational policies and positions.

Year 2

Emotional Development and Attachment

Children and young people experience a multitude of emotional phases as they move from birth to adulthood. Understanding this process is crucial for professionals working with children and young people in a variety of settings including schools, specialist provision and care settings. This module aims to provide you with a detailed overview of both the typical phases of emotional development and the results when emotional development has been disrupted.

Alternative Educational Provisions

This module critically explores the use of alternative educational provisions to support pupil learning both nationally and internationally. The module aims to develop knowledge and understanding in relation to a wide variety of alternative educational provisions, to explore their use in a range of contexts and to evaluate their impact on specific aspects of pupil learning, well-being, attendance and achievement.

Inclusion: Special Needs & Disabilities

This module explores the issues and challenges around inclusive provision for children and young people with special educational needs/disabilities. It aims to provide you with an understanding of the evolution of policy and practice relating to special educational needs and an understanding of the legislative framework within which SEN provision is made. It analyses notions of discrimination and challenges you to think about their own attitudes and beliefs.

Year 3

Inclusion: Diverse Perspectives

This module outlines a range of perspectives on inclusive education and provides you with an opportunity to explore the ways in which various groups traditionally excluded from education can be included. We will look at the experiences of children who are marginalised or excluded and focus on the impact on the child. We will also explore and critique a range of national and international models and practice relating to inclusion.

Youth, Deviance and Discipline

This module explores the connected themes of youth, deviance and discipline, drawing on anthropological, sociological and historical perspectives. The aim of the module is to allow you to gain an understanding of processes of social and cultural reproduction, through the lens of youth culture and its association with deviance and the need for social control. In lectures and seminars we will explore why it is that young people are so often seen either as perpetrators of deviant or criminal behaviour, or as innocents in danger of being polluted by deviant influences in society.

Educational Placement

You will have the opportunity to gain experience of working in an Alternative Educational provision. You will be given a choice of Alternative Educational settings within the local area and will select their setting on the basis of individual interest. Your placement module will build on previous modules which have explored theoretical aspects of inclusion and exclusion for pupils with diverse and additional learning needs. A wide range of placement settings will be available to choose from. Such settings will have been previously explored as part of the Alternative Educational Provision module. There is no extra charge for attending the placement. However you will be expected to fund your travel costs. To participate in the third year compulsory Education Placement module you will need to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check. The University will organise this for you in the second year; however, students will have to fund the DBS application fee.

* = Required

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

A wide variety of modules ensure that you will be able to develop a depth of knowledge about complex educational issues. As well as opportunities and challenges associated with improving the outcomes for our most vulnerable learners. 

These involve: 

  • tackling discrimination
  • addressing inequalities
  • challenging attitudes and beliefs
  • being an advocate for children and young people 
  • making a positive difference.

Field trips

We are always keen to explore ways in which you broaden your experience of education and development. In the past we have visited The Gambia developing long standing relationships with schools and colleges and we are actively exploring international opportunities in other parts of the world, aiming to be responsive to students' needs and interests.

Field Trips are optional and the cost will be in addition to your course fees. See the 'Additional costs' section for details of this and other additional costs.

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

Assessment is 100% coursework. 

Coursework may be in the form of: 

  • a written essay (up to 3000 words)
  • group presentations
  • an observational study
  • a case study of a cultural artefact
  • the creation of a learning object (online teaching resource)
  • critical/ thematic reviews of literature
  • development of a portfolio of work
  • participation in online activities, eg contributions to forum discussions
  • independent study
  • a dissertation.

After you graduate


Career prospects

The Education Studies (SENDI) award provides a good foundation for a broad range of professional careers including:

  • Interventional support in schools such as Nurture Group and Forest School practitioners.
  • Youth Advocacy/work and mentorship
  • Community Education Roles (Art and Cultural based learning)
  • Adult Education
  • Work with charitable/voluntary sector
  • Various roles in Health and Social Care.

With additional postgraduate qualifications you can also enter the following professions:

  • Educational Psychology
  • Therapeutic work such as Speech and Language/Art/Play Therapy
  • Primary teaching (Mainstream, Special and Residential Education).

Further study

The SENDI named award supports progression into a wide range of professional careers in Education following further study at Post Graduate level such as teaching in mainstream or alternative Educational provisions or additional career opportunities in for example therapeutic roles, health and social care.

The School of Education at Oxford Brookes University offers opportunities in postgraduate research, including MAs in Education or Childhood, PhD study and a taught Educational Doctorate.

Student profiles


Our Staff


Jonathan Reid

During his mainstream educational experiences, Jon developed an interest in supporting pupils with additional learning needs. Subsequently he spent time working in a therapeutic residential school catering for pupils who had experienced severe emotional trauma due to the accumulation of adverse experiences in infancy and early childhood. Jon then joined the Local Authority as a Behavioural Support Teacher, a role which involved visiting schools across the age range and working with a variety of professionals.

Read more about Jonathan

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