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Education Studies - SEN, Disabilities and Inclusion

BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2020 / September 2021


Harcourt Hill

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: up to 6 years


School of Education

UCAS Tariff Points



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

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

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


Further offer details

If you accept a Conditional offer to this course as your Firm choice through UCAS, and the offer does not include a requirement to pass an English language test or improve your English language, we may be able to make the offer Unconditional. Please check your offer carefully where this will be confirmed for each applicant.

For combined honours, normally the offer will lie between the offers quoted for each subject.

Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with European qualifications, international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions:

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: English Language at grade 4 or above

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


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
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

International full time

International part time
£1,785 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2020 / 21
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

2021 / 22
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

International full time

International part time
£1,785 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

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.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

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.

On this course you’ll be going on placements in schools; you'll self fund travel to and from your placements.

You’ll also need a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check. This costs about £50. You may also need to pay an extra fee of about £15 to keep your DBS up-to-date.

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

Compulsory modules

Constructions of Childhood

Education in a World of Change: Policy and Provision

It will introduce you to central aspects of education policy and provision in the English context. Schooling will be related to broader forces of social change, including economic, cultural, technological and political. There will be focus on formal education but alternative educational settings will be considered. You will be introduced to some of the major philosophical ideas that have shaped educational policy in England and encouraged to make connections between central themes from the late 19th/ early 20th centuries and policy developments in the present day. You will be introduced to the study of the history and philosophy of education and to policy critique. Constructions of Childhood (recommended single and combined honours) shows how childhood is thought of differently, and how this has changed, over time and place. It draws on sociological, historical and cross-cultural perspectives to look at childhood in different contexts, and the role of children in society.

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.

Introduction to the Study of Education

Introduction to the Study of Education (compulsory single and combined honours) * This encourages you to reflect on your own position as a student in higher education. You will explore different learning approaches, strategies and styles. You will learn key skills for the academic study of education.

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.

Listening to Children

Practice and Pedagogy

Optional modules

Education, Childhood and Youth Culture in Popular Culture

You will explore the way schools, teachers and their students are represented in popular culture, specifically in selected key film and television texts and literary works. The module will examine educational themes which recur and the way they reflect contemporary debates about the purpose of education, childhood, youth culture and teacher role/ performance. Does popular culture embody alternative perspectives of education and its societal role, or does it tend to reproduce common stereotypes and popular myths? How can we explain the enduring popularity of reliving school days through fictional books and moving image texts?

Young Children's Outdoor Learning

Year 2

Compulsory modules

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 Educational 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.

Psychology and Education

Research Methods in Childhood and Education

Optional modules

Children's Outdoor Learning

Core Texts

Cultural and Arts Based Learning

English Language Teaching to Adults

Gender and 21st Century Education

Media, Technology and Education

The Social World of Childhood and Youth

Year 3

Compulsory modules


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.

Understanding 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.

Optional modules

Becoming a Reader

Controversial and Contemporary Research in Education

Philosophy of Education

Technology and Learning: Dilemmas, Challenges and Opportunities

The Principled Professional

Explore elements of the professional role in early years (and potentially in other areas of employment) so that you are well informed about the nature of professionalism. In this module, you will reflect upon your personal principles and ethics with regard to your professional identity and considered the necessarily political nature of the field. You will also establish your stance as advocates for children and their families where their well-being is concerned.

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 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.

Study Abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

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.

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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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