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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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 2017 is £1000.
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.
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.
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