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Education Studies - SEN, Disabilities and Inclusion

BA (Hons) - single

School of Education

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

You will build an extensive knowledge about inclusion provision for children and young people with special educational needs/disabilities. You will examine alternative education provisions and analyse emotional development and attachment.

Learn to develop your skills to support children and young people with a broad range of needs and disabilities. You will gain a deep understanding of the diverse learning needs by exploring a broad range of special educational needs and disabilities, the experiences of children in care, young carers and young people not in employment, education or training and unaccompanied children.

Throughout the course, you will engage with a wide range of complex educational questions while adopting a multi-disciplinary approach to your study of SENDI education. Studying Education Studies: SEN, Disabilities and Inclusion (SENDI) degree will give you a solid foundation and prepare you for a range of rewarding careers in educational settings, including mainstream schools, special schools, alternative educational provisions and residential schools including therapeutic communities. 


Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Harcourt Hill Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 3 years
  • Part time: Up to 6 years

UCAS code


For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • You can explore questions around understanding the educational experiences of children and young people who may be marginalised or excluded from traditional educational settings.
  • Your studies will be based in the four foundational 'disciplines' of psychology, sociology, philosophy and history.
  • You will have the opportunity to undertake educational placements in a range of settings.
  • You will be taught by academics who specialise in SENDI and who have recent experience working with children with complex educational needs, communication difficulties and challenging behaviours.
  • The Education Studies (SENDI) award provides an excellent foundation for a range of professional careers including primary teaching, youth advocacy/work and mentorship, support in alternative educational settings and various roles in health and social care.
In your first year you will undertake the same modules as Education Studies students to experience a depth and breadth of learning in relation to key educational issues, more generally. You will then focus specifically on the inclusion of children and young people with special, diverse and additional learning needs. 
Following your first year, you will begin to specialise your module choices to meet the compulsory requirements for the SENDI named award.

Study modules

Our wide variety of modules ensure that you will be able to develop a depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding in relation to complex educational issues, 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 and making a positive difference. 

The compulsory educational placement gives you the opportunity to work with children, young people and a range of professionals in a setting of your choice. See 'Modules - Years 2 and 3' below for more detail.

Year 1

Examples of modules taken in Year 1 are:

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.

Years 2 and 3

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.
As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our academic quality framework, the module list you choose from may differ from the ones shown.


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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. The approximate cost for the Gambia trip in 2018 is £1200.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

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.

Programme changes

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website. For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.

Teaching and learning

The course incorporates a wide variety of teaching and learning approaches, including traditional lectures and seminars, enquiry-led and collaborative learning, and online activities.

Approach to assessment

Assessment is by coursework only, eg.

  • Written essay (up to 3000 words)
  • Group presentations
  • An observational study
  • A case study of a cultural artefact
  • 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
  • Dissertation.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - cost per module: 2018/19: £750 per single module

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,150 2019/20: £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 in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112

A-Level: BBC or equivalent

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.

IB Diploma: 30 points

BTEC: DMM 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.

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.

How to apply

International applicants

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

Oxford Brookes operates 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.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

One of the world's great academic cities, Oxford is a key centre of debate, with conferences, seminars and forums taking place across education, science, the arts and many other subjects.

Seminars are presented by internationally recognised scholars and provide an excellent opportunity to meet and discuss educational matters with students on a range of programmes from various local higher education institutions.

Our close links with local schools, professionals and practitioners mean that some students are able to become involved in particular projects such as local mentoring schemes for children. Some of our students work with local charities such as Reading Quest that help to improve children’s literacy in schools.

Support for students studying Education Studies - SEN, Disabilities and Inclusion

You will be supported by a teaching team committed to both your academic progress and to offering strong pastoral support. These strengths have been consistently recognised in our regular surveys of student opinion and in comments from our external examiners.

Tutors on the Education Studies programme have published internationally recognised research in (among other fields) philosophy of education, history of education, vocational education and psychological research in education. Consult the School of Education website for regular updates on seminar events and publications by tutors.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

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.