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BA (Hons) Education, Special Needs and Disability

Develop your understanding of education, special needs and disability

3 years full-time
Bognor Regis Campus


in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching

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Explore the importance of social justice, equal opportunity and inclusion in our education settings

Our BA (Hons) Education, Special Needs and Disability degree is designed to develop your understanding of the combined subjects of education, special needs and disability.

This course will provide an excellent preparation for you to work with children and adults who have a special need or a disability within the education, health or social care sector.

There is a strong focus on valuing and respecting individual differences in children and adults and the contributions they make as members of our communities.

All the modules on this programme encourage you to think about the importance of social justice, equal opportunity and inclusion in our early years settings, schools, colleges and the wider society.

You will work on real-work educational projects, allowing you to investigate, understand and analyse the fast-changing landscape of education.

On this course you will:

  • Investigate, understand and analyse the fast-changing landscape of education.
  • Study real-word projects as you learn in an active manner.
  • Explore and consider key theories of human development and the nature of education.
  • Provide a firm foundation for a career within educational settings.

The Course

Understand how to work with children with special education needs and disabilities

Our BA (Hons) Education, Special Needs and Disability course provides a rich learning experience.

You will develop systematic knowledge and critical awareness of current theories, research and advanced scholarship in education, special needs and disability.

You will explore a range of important educational topics including social justice and contemporary issues in working within SEND, which will fully prepare you for your professional career within the sector.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

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Learning Communities: Children Learning, Children Thinking

This module explores the sociological influences relating to our success as learners. You will use research on thinking, learning and development to consider how individuals can maximise learning opportunities for themselves and help others to learn. You will explore influences on learning, development and identity and discuss how learners are included or excluded from education settings. Central to the module is a sociocultural perspective on learning and education that looks beyond the individual to communities and the historical contexts in which learning takes place.

Childhood To Adulthood

This module develops your awareness of the biological, intellectual, social and emotional changes that occur from childhood through to adulthood. You will examine the phases of development in children from conception through to puberty, early adolescence and adolescence in a changing world. You also will examine growth and physical development in the early years, motor development and maturation.

Education, Philosophy And Thinking – Historical Perspectives

You'll begin to explore the key debates in philosophies of education with a particular focus on personal and institutional value systems and how educational contexts have developed over time. The module introduces a coherent historical framework, which helps you to understand how educational perspectives and values change and evolve.

Equality of Opportunity and Diversity

This module will explore relationships between cultural identity, social policy and issues of equality and diversity. You will examine key features of the theory and practice of social and educational inclusion from a number of perspectives across the wider social and more specific educational arenas and explore issues, central to inclusion, human rights, equal opportunities and social justice. You will explore patterns of inequality in selected areas of social policy and provision with reference to the British experience and some international issues.

Disability And Society

This module will introduce you to the historical and social context of disability in society. You will consider different models of disability that influence society's attitudes to people with developmental differences and develop your knowledge of how the disability discourse has changed over time.

Speech, Language And Communication

This module will introduce you to a range of developmental, cognitive, social and emotional influences that affect children's development in speech, language and communication. You will learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions that contribute to removing barriers to communication and interaction. You will become familiar with the use of Augmented and Alternative Communication (AAC), ICT, sign language and the use pictures/symbols to aid communication.

Principles Into Practice

This module gives an overview of the laws and policies that relate to the education and care of people who have a SEND and how they affect people who have SEND, their families and the people who work with them. You will understand how education, health and social care policies translate into practice and the importance of including the voice of persons with SEND in the provision they want.

Valuing Individual Differences

This module develops your knowledge of atypical development in children and young people. You will focus on the medical, genetic and environmental influences on children's development and evaluate theories of child development to gain a deeper understanding of how individual differences can affect learning. In doing so, it will develop your thinking on the current discourses about defining special educational needs and disability.

Global Citizenship: Living And Teaching In A Diverse And Interconnected World

This module will fulfil the aspiration in the University of Chichester's Vision Statement that our students should become Global Citizens. It will enable you to critically engage with some of the key global issues of our times and prepare you to think beyond your immediate locality about how you are connected with people and environments that you may never have seen.

Work-Based Placement

In order to broaden your knowledge and understanding of a range of educational contexts, and to develop insights beyond the classroom you will undertake a placement experience in an education setting of your choice.

Research In Education

This module is designed to develop your understanding of the role and importance of research in the field of education. It will start to prepare you for undertaking a dissertation on an aspect of Education. The module will introduce you to key important theoretical and conceptual issues in research; introduce shaping research questions, research design and the selection of appropriate data collection methods and data analysis.

Forest Schools

A Forest School is a journey of self-discovery and awareness in the outdoors in which participants are given the freedom to explore their surroundings, themselves and others through their curiosity and imagination. The approach is heralded by some as inspirational but described by others as re-branding of old ideas giving questionable impact. This module explores principles that underpin the Forest School approach and reflects on evidence for its effectiveness.

Engaging All Learners

This module will introduce you to a range of developmental, cognitive, social and emotional influences that affect pupil learning and progress. You will learn how to plan, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions that contribute to removing barriers to learning, including the use of Augmented and Alternative Communication (AAC) AAC and ICT.

International Perspectives

This module allows you to critically engage in discussions about special education needs and disability in a global context. You will gain insights into how disability is understood in different societies and develop a greater understanding of global perspectives of health, educational and care provision. You will develop your knowledge of other factors such as war, poverty, natural disasters and affluence that may result in children having a special educational need and/or disability.

Understanding Families

This module examines the impact that having a child with a disability has on the family. You will identify the social, economic and psychological factors affecting families who are bringing up a child who has a special need and/or disability. This will lead to discussions about how professionals from different institutions should work with families to overcome some of the challenges that families face because they have a child with a SEND.

Independent Project (Education, Special Needs and Disability)

The module will explore research approaches and design through a series of seminar sessions. You will also receive tutorial support from a designated tutor. At key points formative assessment will be given on drafts of the project. Most of the learning will be independent, making use of journals, research methodology textbooks and policy developments in your field of interest.

Exploring Mathematical Thinking

What is mathematics and why does it seem to matter so much? This module will inspire you to reflect on this question and, in doing so, increase your critical knowledge of mathematics education. Your own relationship with the subject will be explored, as will ideas on the beauty and power inherent within the subject.

Creativity, Technology And Learning

This module will enable students to investigate, both academically and practically, how new technologies can be used in learning and teaching in a wide variety of mainstream and specialist educational settings.

Professionalism And Collaborative Practice

This module will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of working in different contexts with children and young people who have a Special Educational Need and/or Disability (SEND), and their families.  It will identify the roles of key professionals in health, education and the social care and how they need to coordinate their services to benefit families and individuals who have a SEND. You will consider the importance of collaborative practice between professionals from different agencies.

Disability Studies

This module allows you to examine the history of disability rights, the implications of the SEND Code of Practice, and the various contemporary definitions of "disability". You will also consider the role of critical writings of Foucault and Bourdieu within this context.

Work-Based Placement

In order to broaden your knowledge and understanding of a range of educational contexts, and to develop insights beyond the classroom you will undertake a placement experience in an education setting of your choice.

Comparative Education – The International Context (III)

The module explores global issues in education and the different contexts in which children and young people learn and educators teach – in formal and informal settings. It begins by introducing key concepts used in international education policy and practice. It presents information and research around educational opportunities and inequalities worldwide and discusses their historical and sociological origins.

Early Education and Sustainability

This module provides the opportunity to explore the topic from an early childhood education perspective both globally and locally. You will explore current themes and discourse to develop an understanding of the complex term and the pivotal importance of early education in laying foundations for future thinking and actions. Investigations will consider how early years settings in the United Kingdom can embed principles and practices in relation to sustainable education for young children and their families.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

This module investigates the importance of good social, emotional and mental health for children, young people and into adulthood. It will examine the current climate of children’s mental health in the UK and in comparison, to other countries. You will consider some of the features in school environments that might result in poor mental health. It will also consider cultural influences on a decline in mental health in the population of the UK.


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Teaching and Assessment

Discover innovative teaching techniques and varied assessment methods


The University of Chichester has a long and proud history of education-based courses, having trained teachers here for over 180 years.

On our BA (Hons) Education, Special Needs and Disability course we use strategies that are designed to enable you to effectively master a broad base of concepts, skills, knowledge, understanding and practice.

Our commitment to smaller class sizes allows you to feel more confident to discuss and explore your ideas in a supportive environment, and ensure that your tutors get to know you and how best to aid your development.

Our focus on group discussion and the consideration of the thoughts of others allow you to develop your own ideas, all with the support of experienced academics who are at the forefront of their discipline.

You’ll experience a mixture of:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Practical sessions
  • Outdoor learning experiences
  • Field trips
  • Case studies
  • Whole group
  • Sub-group activities.


Within these sessions, you will be challenged to go further and be encouraged to be proactive, responsive and responsible for your own learning and ideas outside of the classroom.


There will be a range of methods to assess the knowledge, understanding and skills you will develop on the course.

These will range from more traditional assessment methods such as essays, presentations, and examinations, to more education specific practices such as lesson plans, lesson commentaries and curriculum packs.

There will also be a focus on your ability to function within a workplace setting, as well as a final independent project that will act a culmination of your three years of learning on the course.

Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. Your academic advisor and lecturers are available for advice throughout your degree.

Work Placements

Gain vital experience within a professional environment to support your learning

As part of our BA (Hons) Education, Special Needs and Disability, you will gain the opportunity to experience placements during the second and third year.

This will give you great insight into how different industries integrate education in their organisations.

Placement opportunities include:

  • Special Needs Schools
  • Primary Schools
  • Secondary Schools
  • Early Years Settings
  • Chichester Festival Theatre
  • West Sussex County Council
  • Museums such as the Sea Life Centre
  • And more.


Open up opportunities to work within organisations that have an educational component to their work

Our graduates progress into a range of careers within the sector, with opportunities to move directly into classroom teaching, specifically in roles within Special Educational Needs.

Graduates can also progress to become educational administrators or consultants, as well as work for local or national government with a focus on public education systems.

Career paths include roles within:

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Prisons
  • Charities
  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Church and faith organisations
  • International development

Teaching pathways

One of the most popular career paths from our BA (Hons) Education and Mathematics course is teaching, both secondary and primary.

Our degree courses equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to be a successful teacher.

At Chichester, we have a long and distinguished 18–year history of training teachers, and we offer a number of postgraduate pathways into teaching.

Teaching pathways include:

  • PGCE Early Years
  • PGCE Primary
  • PGCE Primary (Modern Foreign Languages)
  • PGCE Secondary Mathematics
  • School Direct

Further study

Other further study opportunities include doing an MSc in Data Science and Analytics.

Run in collaboration with the University’s business school this master’s degree offers you informed access to this exciting and rapidly growing field.

We also offer masters qualifications in both Education and Inclusive Special Education to help you continue your studies and increase your employability even further.

Postgraduate pathways

  • MA Education
  • MA Inclusive Special Education
  • MSc Data Science and Analytics
  • PGCE

University of Chichester alumni receive a 15% discount on our postgraduate courses.

Student View

"I got the opportunity to support families, children and their siblings for three weeks"


BA (Hons) Education, Special Needs and Disability graduate
"I chose to study the course because I like the fact that it had the placements in the second and third year. In my second year, I went to Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity. They support families with children who have life limiting and terminal illnesses. I got the opportunity to support families, children and their siblings for three weeks. It was really exciting and I learnt how disabilities are portrayed in Health, Education and Social Care."

Course Costs

Course fees 2022/23

UK fee
International fee

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fees page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Course specific costs

You will be required to have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check costing £40 which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.


Entry Requirements

tariff points.
A Levels
Cambridge Technical
Access to HE Diploma
26-28 points
6.0 overall
with no element lower than 5.5.


BA (Hons) Education applicants are required to have an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check which needs to be paid for before the start of the course.

We strongly suggest that all students sign up for the Disclosure and Barring Service update service for which there is a small annual charge, this makes the DBS portable both during and after the degree.

Failure to sign up for the update service might require the student to gain a further enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check which will incur additional costs.


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This course starts in September 2022.

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