If you don’t have, or don’t think you will attain the normal tariff points for studying at BGU, this course will enable you to study for a degree without any UCAS points. The course is delivered over four years and includes a Foundation Year, which gives you a perfect introduction in what it means to be a university student, equipping you with the necessary skills and knowledge for effective undergraduate study. In addition, during your Foundation Year, you will study eight modules, all of which are designed to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to progress your studies in your chosen subjects.
Throughout the study of Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion (SENDI) you will find out about different categories of need including; cognition & learning, social, emotional and mental health, sensory and communication needs. Modules cover the broad spectrum to focus upon specific and more complex needs. You will challenge your own beliefs and values, as well as those of others, and become an advocate for change.
Mode of study
Bishop Grosseteste University
About this course
Special Educational provision, tackling discrimination and adding to the understanding of how to meet the needs of different groups across society, is not only hugely relevant in today’s world but arguably also incredibly important. If you are ready to challenge your own beliefs and values as well as those of others, are ready to become an advocate for change, and are ready to start really making a difference in people’s lives, then there aren’t many courses more perfect for you than this.
You’ll be encouraged to increase your understanding of competing for political agendas in relation to inclusion, and you’ll study hidden inequalities in depth. The areas you study will be dynamic, with current, contemporary themes which change and develop from year to year. Throughout the course, you will complete a number of modules which take a more thematic approach where you’ll explore critical issues such as Inclusion, Equality and Entitlement. During your final year, you will explore wider issues of inclusion including policy and leadership.
The SENDI programme is carefully structured to guide you as you develop as an individual student, from broad themes in your first year to more specialised topics in later years. You will have the opportunity to examine legislation and contrast it with the reality of what is provided in educational settings, developing skills in critical analysis of current issues, and looking at how those issues impact on the individual and their learning environment. In addition, you’ll become equipped with the confidence and competence to make a difference to your own life and the lives of others.
Special Educational Needs, Disability & Inclusion can be a fascinating, challenging and emotional subject to study; it will most definitely be rewarding.
What will you study
During the course of your foundation year, you’ll cover the following modules:
In this module you will explore and consider what it means to be a successful learner at university. You’ll explore the principles of effective learning and engage with a range of tools and techniques to practice and develop strategies for your own learning. These include for example, understanding your needs as a learner, effective time management and organisational skills.
You will learn about a range of resources and practice locating and using these resources to support effective learning. These resources will include, for example, textbooks, websites, academic journals, and popular press. In addition to these key techniques, the module covers academic conventions including referencing, citation and the risks of plagiarism.
This module will allow you to learn to utilise sources in a considered and critical way. You will begin to engage effectively with literature and other sources in a meaningful manner that promotes deep learning and enables knowledge and understanding of a topic. You will also begin to differentiate qualitative and quantitative data and consider their appropriate interpretation and use.
Critical thinking is an integral part of university study. While studying this module you will define critical thinking, its importance and how it can help you in your learning. A range of critical thinking models will be utilised to demonstrate how this works in action, allowing you to recognise critical thinking and identify barriers and challenges.
The skilled use of digital technologies is an important element in university study and is used to support both the obtaining and demonstration of knowledge. This module will develop your digital capabilities and confidence, encouraging you to develop techniques for the purposeful use of a range of digital tools to support learning. These include specific tools such as the Virtual Learning Enrivonment and appropriate and effective uses of wider applications such as social media, email and the internet.
This module explores, compares and evaluates a range of communication types, giving you opportunities to combine written and spoken communication in a range of contexts and for a range of audiences. From a theoretical, sociological perspective you will explore different communication media and styles of discourse, for example, discussion, debate, enquiry and reporting.
Reflection is a powerful learning tool that enables you to consider your existing knowledge and also to plan for your future learning and professional development. The module content includes the principles of reflective learning and collaborative planning with reference to structured models. As part of this module, you will have an opportunity to attend live delivery of an ongoing degree programme which will provide a taster of discipline-specific undergraduate study.
Academic writing is an essential element of successful university study, so this module explores a range of techniques to help develop your own academic writing style. It will enable you to draw together your learning throughout the Foundation Year and reflect on the feedback you have received. You will structure a clear and effective piece of academic writing on a subject-linked topic in which you will apply standard academic conventions.
This module will introduce you to the field of Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion (SENDI), looking at educational and social models of disability within schools and across global and national levels of society. The impacts of competing perspectives and changing legislation will be discussed and critiqued.
This module will focus upon holistic approaches in education/care/social learning which enhance social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. You will critically analyse collaborative practice (e.g. parents, professionals) in supporting holistic approaches, exploring competing and complementary psychological and behavourist theories (e.g. Piaget, Bruner, Kolb, Maslow) and social learning frameworks (e.g. Freire, Dewey, Steiner).
You will learn how within-child factors interact with environmental factors to affect how a child develops cognitively, and will consider implications for children with learning differences and physical needs. This module will emphasise psychological and biological aspects of learning development, introducing critical examination of relationships between policies, teaching strategies and their effects upon learning in mainstream classrooms.
This module will enable you to identify some of the causes which impact upon learning in both educational and social settings, introducing policies and strategies adopted and adapted in response to different learning behaviours, which facilitate inclusive practice. A number of sessions will explore a range of disabilities and difficulties which are causal factors of behaviour for learning e.g. syndromes and disorders; Autism, Attention Deficit, Hyperactivity, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Depressive disorders.
This module will examine a range of diverse needs, considering cause and impact upon learning supported by up to 48 hours placement. By the end of the module, you will be able to reflect upon the impact of legislation and practice in meeting the learning needs of a range of disabilities.
You will be introduced to a range of social, emotional and well-being difficulties that impact upon individuals at different stages of their learning journey. You will be expected to critically reflect on issues associated with social and emotional development, which can lead to mental health concerns. The impacts of mental health and how these present themselves will be investigated and topics might include; attachment disorders, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and/or post-traumatic stress.
This module explores impacts of atypical cognition upon learning and development, and how this knowledge informs practice. You will develop an in-depth understanding of how developing neurological research shapes and informs perception of learning ability or potential, exploring the impacts of different brain injury, considering the place of education in promoting development.
The module examines differences, which some children or adults may experience in their learning, which has been interrupted through medical or social causation and labelled as SEND. You will consider the learning environment and the assessment of individual learner needs and the role of the wider stakeholder groups including parents and carers in maximizing learner participation in the educational process.
This module provides you with an experience of the world of work in the form of a placement or work experience or a project with employer involvement. It enables you to apply knowledge and skills in a real-life context offering a valuable experience to draw on when you present yourself to employers or selectors upon graduation. This module is deliberately structured in an open-ended way to allow placements and/or projects to be developed which are most suited to your potential future career.
This module explores a range of difficulties encountered by learners at different stages of their educational journey. You will critically reflect on challenges and opportunities experienced by children and young adults with sensory and /or physical needs e.g. autism, cerebral palsy, dyspraxia and coordination disorders, and hearing and visual impairments problems.
This module will allow you to understand and critically examine differing theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches to qualitative and quantitative research. You will develop skills in collecting, analysing and treating data, along with identifying different research methods and developing skills in applying these methods for your future independent study.
This module identifies the processes involved in communication and interaction, and investigates a wide range of communication difficulties and how these impact upon the child. You will look at strategies to promote memory, language skills; vocabulary and expressive language development, along with exploring ways to meet the needs of children with communication difficulties including speech, reading and writing.
This module will consider a range of factors, which can often impact upon learning and may potentially go unnoticed. You will consider the different impacts of psychological, social and emotional disruption upon learning, ranging from prejudices, global and local social exclusion to mental well-being.
This module will address the principles of educational leadership and management with emphasis on the roles and responsibilities of professionals in schools and other educational settings in relation to provision for SEND/Inclusion (e.g. headteacher, SENDCO, class teacher, special needs support assistants). Consideration will be given to the role of the SENDCO and the national Standards for SENDCOs and implementation of the Special Needs Code of Practice.
This module will focus on different syndromes and offers you an insight into the nature, aetiology and extent of various types of disabilities and learning difficulties. It will also explore the impact of complex needs at different stages of learning - you will be encouraged to demonstrate a critical knowledge and understanding of the individual needs, reflect on practice and compare professional contexts reflecting international research and practice.
This module will be dynamic in the sense that themes will be contemporary and develop from year to year. Examples of issues may be the contested concept of disability (considering scholars such as Allan, Norwich and Tomlinson) as a social construct and how this relates to current initiatives. An understanding of the principle reasons that create challenge and concern in meeting needs and lead to individuals becoming disengaged from education will be considered.
This module requires you to devise and undertake a substantial independent study on a subject of interest to you, and to apply your developing research skills to define, investigate and answer a specific research problem within the topic of Inclusion or Special Educational Needs. You are expected to practice and develop the research skills introduced in previous modules, applying them in a more independent manner, and in line with ethical research practice.
The module will equip you with the transferable and practical skills required for ethical research in pedagogical and professional settings, such as education, social care, health and social work. Lectures and seminars will focus on the nature of educational and social research, including: undertaking ethical research; research paradigms; research methods and design; the use of literature in guiding and informing research; and the presentation, interpretation and communication of findings.
Application for this course is via UCAS, although there is no formal requirement for UCAS points to access the course (normally GSCE English or equivalent is desirable). As part of your application you will have the opportunity to speak with a member of BGU Admissions staff to resolve any questions or queries you may have.
Different degree subjects may have specific entry requirements to allow you to progress from the Foundation Year. Whilst not a condition of entry onto the Foundation Year, you will need to have met these by the time you complete the first year of this four year course.
If you are asked to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as part of the conditions of your offer, this must be completed prior to the start of your course at a cost of £57.20.
The Foundation Year syllabus does not include any specific element of upskilling in English language and you are not entitled to apply for Accredited Prior Learning, AP(C)L into a Foundation Year. International applicants are not eligible to apply for an undergraduate course with a Foundation Year.
How you will be taught
There is no one-size-fits-all method of teaching at BGU – we shape our methods to suit each subject and each group, combining the best aspects of traditional university teaching with innovative techniques to promote student participation and interactivity.
You will be taught in a variety of ways, from lectures, tutorials and seminars, to practical workshops, coursework and work-based placements. Small group seminars and workshops will provide you with an opportunity to review issues raised in lectures, and you will be expected to carry out independent study.
Placements are a key part of degree study at BGU. They provide an enriching learning experience for you to apply the skills and knowledge you will gain from your course and, in doing so, give valuable real-world experience to boost your career.
During the Foundation Year, you will have opportunities to experience a range of formative and summative assessments. These include short-form writing, annotated bibliography, presentations, micro-teach, use of digital technologies, reflective journal and academic essay. Assessment strategies are designed to be supportive, build confidence and also aim to ensure you will develop the core skills required for successful study throughout your degree. Assessment strategies are balanced, comprehensive, diverse and inclusive, ensuring that you will experience a range of assessments to support your preparation for undergraduate study. All modules involve early, small and frequent informal and formal assessments, to ensure that you gain confidence in your knowledge and abilities as you progress through the Foundation Year. You will also have the opportunity for self-evaluation and reflection on your own learning progress and development of skills.
Your first year in SENDI is important. We know that you will need time to settle into university and build up your academic skills and so, we will give you detailed feedback on how you are doing and set your targets to improve your work. We use a wide range of different types of assessment throughout the course, including coursework portfolios, group discussions, multimedia technology presentations and individual projects, as well as essays and exams. You may even have the opportunity to get your dissertation research work published!
Careers & Further study
Possible careers for SENDI graduates may include Primary or special school teaching, work as a SENDI classroom assistant, youth work, work in a social care setting, or working for private sector educational providers.
Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests.
We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.
Fees & Finance
A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step.
Undergraduate course applicants must apply via UCAS using the relevant UCAS code. The application fee is £12 for a single choice or £23 for more than one choice. For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.