Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion

Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion

Course Overview

  • UCAS code


    X361
  • Institution code


    L27
  • Main location


    Headingley Campus Beckett Park
  • Attendance


    Full-Time
  • Duration


    3 Years
  • Start date


    20 Sep 2021

Gain an understanding of the challenges, complexities and rewards of inclusive practice in education. This innovative degree will help you develop your identity as an emerging practitioner, working with children and young people across the 3-18-year age range within mainstream and specialist settings.

You will examine how children learn from a psychological perspective and identify ways in which you can support their needs through building examples of best teaching practice, overcome barriers to participation, and creating inclusive and enabling environments. 

You will explore what it means to celebrate diversity, considering the role of language and culture, how to support children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), and investigate the importance of whole school approaches when working with displaced children who have experienced trauma. Through this study, you will begin to develop ideas to promote inclusion for all learners.

Working with different stakeholders in educational settings, you will gain an understanding of the policy and practice behind their collaboration. This work, taking place between families, education, health, and care services, supports children and ensures young people have their voices heard and their needs met. Through this, you will also explore key issues in safeguarding to understand best practice.

You will also demonstrate knowledge of a range of social, economic, political and cultural issues that have shaped the education system over time and have ultimately impacted children’s life chances.

Investigating associated research and practices from around the world, you will identify global perspectives on current issues, such as mental health and wellbeing, and you will document your findings in the form of a literature review for your dissertation.

You will undertake a unique research experience drawing on the creative arts to investigate and present an investigative journey that explores how to engage and empower specific learners.

You will join a cutting-edge community of like-minded peers and teaching experts in the Carnegie School of Education, which includes Research Centres for LGBTQ+ Inclusion, Excellence for Mental Health in Schools, and Race, Education and Decoloniality. Our specialist team draws together academics and industry professionals who continue to shape and influence policy in education, including Professor Jonathan Glazzard whose research is helping to transform mental health in schools.

Through professional experiences and work-related activities, you will have the opportunity to attend both mainstream and wider educational settings, including specialist schools and charitable organisations, either in the UK or abroad. You will reflect upon your experience from both settings as part of your module assessment.

Guest lectures and networking events will further refine your knowledge, allowing you to learn from researchers and people working in the field. You will also be supported to develop a professional portfolio, as well as presentation and interview skills, through carefully designed taught elements and assessments to help you prepare for your future career aspirations.

Why study Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion at Leeds Beckett University... 

  1. Practice based learning
  2. Professionally experienced expert teaching team
  3. Distance learning course
  4. Dedicated pastoral care team
  5. Strong and meaningful partnerships with schools and community organisations
  6. We offer distinctive and creative programmes that are responsive to the changes taking place in society

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