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Develop your understanding of education, special needs, and disability

09R3
3 years full-time
Bognor Regis Campus

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in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching

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5th

in the UK for Education

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21st

out of 121 universities in the UK

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Overview

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.

Course structure

You will take eight modules in each year of your course.

  • Year One: All compulsory modules.
  • Year Two: Six compulsory and two optional modules.
  • Year Three: Four compulsory and four optional modules.

Each set of optional modules contains specialist options in Education, SEND, and International Education. In your second and third year you will select modules that are pertinent to your degree route and future career pathway.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Select a year

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.

Children’s Literature in Education

This module will introduce you to the features of children’s literature and its place in the primary classroom. Drawing upon the motivational power of texts, you will come to recognise how engaging texts can promote children’s language and literacy development. You will be introduced to a variety of ways in which children’s literature can be used as a stimulus for creating engaging learning experiences for pupils.

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 several perspectives, 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.

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.

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.

In addition, 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.

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.

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.

Learning Outdoors

The module aims to provide an opportunity for you to consider the use of the outdoors as an exciting, engaging and purposeful learning environment. You will consider the theory underpinning the use of the outdoors and will reflect upon how and why it can support learners of all ages and abilities.

Global Citizenship: Living and Working in A Diverse and Interconnected World

Compulsory module

This module allows 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.

Forest Schools Principles and Practices

Compulsory module

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.

Speech, Language and Communication

Compulsory module

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 also learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions that contribute to removing barriers to communication and interaction.

Throughout the module, you will become familiar with Augmented and Alternative Communication (AAC), ICT, sign language and the use pictures/symbols to aid communication.

Work-Based Placement

Compulsory module

This module broadens your knowledge of a range of educational contexts and provides you with insights from beyond the classroom as you undertake a placement experience in an education setting of your choice.

Engaging All Learners

Compulsory module

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.

The World of Play

Compulsory module

More information on this module coming soon.

Comparative Education – the International Context

Optional module – International Education specialism

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.

Humanities in Education and Society

Optional module – Education specialism

This module is based upon the belief that a broad and balanced curriculum enhances learning and that the humanities play an important part in this. You will learn about the areas of history, geography and RE and understand how they can motivate children.

Understanding Families

Optional module – SEND specialism

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.

Arts in Education and Society

Optional module – Education specialism

You will engage with a range of discourses surrounding arts and society and within the processes of teaching and learning.

A range of disciplinary subjects, including Performing Arts, Drama, Theatre, Music, and Visual Art will be explored.

In addition, key concepts such as creativity, design, performance, and aesthetics will be considered from philosophical, pedagogical, and social perspectives.

Disability and Social Care

Optional module – SEND specialism

This module will consider the historical and current legal and social perspectives on the care of people with disabilities across the life course.

The notion of “care” and its impact on the lived experience of disabled people and their families will be explored.

Central to the module will be ethical and safeguarding issues and the potentially competing concerns of carers and service users and service providers.

Practice implications will be discussed, and the power of the legal framework explored. This will be evaluated in relation to models of care that include individual choice, advocacy empowerment and social justice.

Principles Into Practice

Optional module – SEND specialism

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.

Creativity, Technology and Learning

Compulsory module

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

Work-Based Placement

Compulsory module

This module broadens your knowledge of a range of educational contexts and provides you with insights from beyond the classroom as you undertake a placement experience in an education setting of your choice.

Independent Project

Compulsory module

The module will explore research approaches and design through a series of seminar sessions.

You will also receive tutorial support from a designated tutor, who, at key points, will provide formative assessment.

Most of the learning will be independent, making use of journals, research methodology textbooks and policy developments in your field of interest.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Optional module – SEND specialism

This module investigates the importance of good social, emotional, and mental health for children, young people and into adulthood.

You will examine the current climate of children’s mental health in the UK and other countries as you consider some of the features in school environments that might result in poor mental health.

In addition, you will also consider cultural influences on a decline in mental health in the population of the UK.

Professionalism and Pedagogy

Optional module – Education specialism

This module aims to examine contexts in which teachers develop their skills, confidence, and ethos in their professional world.

To do so, it aims to engage you in reviewing your own education experience while exploring the concept of professionalism.

Throughout this process, you will examine the role of professionals in the context of cultural and political change.

Early Education for Sustainability

Optional module – International Education specialism

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 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.

From Bognor to Bogota and Beyond: An Introduction to the UN and SAGs

Optional module – International Education specialism

You will be encouraged to look beyond their immediate surrounding to the wider world.

You’ll find out how global issues such as those outlined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals have an impact on people across the world as well as on their own lives.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and its role in educational provision will also be considered.

Professionalism and Collaborative Practice

Optional module – SEND specialism

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.

You will examine 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.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Optional module – International Education specialism

More information on this module coming soon.

International Perspectives

Optional module – International Education specialism

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.

Education in Multi-Ethnic Britain

Optional module – Education specialism

You will consider the benefits and challenges that result from the ever-changing demographics of the UK’s population. You will consider the historical perspectives that have resulted in the UK becoming such a diverse and multi-ethnic society.

Exploring Mathematical Thinking

Optional module – Education specialism

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.

Do the Right Thing: Moral Issues in Education

Optional module – Education specialism

This module examines key themes that traditionally underpin western moral philosophy, including:

  • utilitarianism
  • duty-based theories
  • relativism
  • absolutism
  • rights theory
  • and pluralism.

You will explore how the underpinning concepts of western ethical thought have developed historically and their relevance to education.

For example, unless one understands the basis for deciding whether something is right or wrong, how can one justify promoting or sanctioning it?

The content of this module will enable you to use knowledge and understanding of ethical issues to inform their practice and approach to teaching.

Disability Studies

Optional module – SEND specialism

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.

Learning From and Within the Community

Optional module – Education specialism

This module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to investigate a variety of organisations and groups that operate within the local community that have an educational element to their work. You will have the chance to create an educational project for an organisation in the community.

Experience

Discover facilities that help support your learning

Teaching and Assessment

Discover innovative teaching techniques and varied assessment methods

Teaching

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.

Assessment

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.

Study Abroad

Explore the opportunity to study part of your course abroad

As a student at the University of Chichester, you can explore opportunities to study abroad during your studies as you enrich and broaden your educational experiences.

Students who have undertaken this in the past have found it to be an amazing experience to broaden their horizons, a great opportunity to meet new people, undertake further travelling and to immerse themselves within a new culture.

You will be fully supported throughout the process to help find the right destination institution for you and your course. We can take you through everything that you will need to consider, from visas to financial support, to help ensure that you can get the best out of your time studying abroad.

Careers

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 who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.

Student View

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

Katie

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 2023/24

UK fee
£9,250
International fee
£15,240

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

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

To find out about any additional costs on this course, please see our Additional Costs 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

UCAS
104-120
tariff points.
A Levels
BBB - BCC
BTEC
DDM - MMM
Cambridge Technical
DMM - MMM
Access to HE Diploma
Pass
IB
26-28 points
IELTS
6.0 overall
with no element lower than 5.5.

DBS

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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