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Education Studies: Additional Learning Needs & Inclusion (BA)

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This pathway of the BA (Hons) Education Studies programme will allow you to study a range of key issues relevant to educational theory and practice within modern British society with a particular emphasis on Additional Learning Needs and inclusive practice.


Education Studies: Additional Learning Needs & Inclusion BA)
UCAS Code: X364
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Education Studies (BA)
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Full-time applicants can apply through UCAS. Part-time applicants can apply through the University.

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Contact Name: Laura Hutchings

Institution Code: T80

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. Skilled and knowledgeable staff.
  2. Excellent support system for all students.
  3. A diverse range of teaching and assessment strategies with a strong emphasis on providing a positive student experience.
  4. Excellent links with local education providers and community organisations to give additional learning experiences beyond the classroom. 
  5. High employability rate for graduating students who are in work within six months of completing the degree.

What you will learn

Course Overview

This single honours pathway programme will allow you to explore and engage with a wide range of issues relevant to how to develop an inclusive classroom and support learners with additional learning needs to enable and facilitate their educational development.   

At the core of this programme are the foundation subject areas of Education Studies which include psychology, sociology, history and philosophy. The study of these subjects will provide you with a detailed understanding of key educational issues that are relevant to a wide range of potential careers and postgraduate study options. 

The specific modules relevant to the Additional Learning Needs & Inclusion pathway will then provide you with further detailed insight into key areas relevant to supporting and working with students with additional needs and requirements. It will provide you with both the theoretical understanding and the practical skills to enable you to apply your studies to a wide range of potential careers such as teaching and educational support. 

We firmly believe that education does not just take place in the classroom. Throughout your time will us you will gain a range of invaluable skills that are not just academic but are vital to any graduate in the workplace today. We place significant emphasis on the value of student engagement and learning through experience and will work with you to help develop the skills and abilities you need to succeed.

Module Topics

Year One - Level 4 (Cert HE, Dip HE & BA)

  • Contemporary Challenges: Making a Difference (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Development Across the Lifespan (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Education: Past, Present, Future (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Learning Theory and Practice (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Respecting Rights and Supporting Inclusion (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Two - Level 5 (Dip HE & BA)

  • All Means All (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Alternative Learning Environments (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Behaviour and Learning: Approaches to Classroom Management (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Changemakers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Educational Research (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three - Level 6 (BA)

  • Curriculum and Assessment Studies (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Making a Difference Together (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Therapeutic Work with Individuals (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Well-being in Education (20 credits; compulsory).

The course is assessed through a wide variety of methods including case studies, coursework and presentation along with the opportunity to complete a dissertation on an area of interest personal to you as a learner. 

You will also be encouraged to reflect on previous experiences of education through the assessments used within the course as well as incorporate practical experiences, where relevant.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Key Information

Entry Criteria

Typical offers are made for 88 UCAS tariff points. The Education Studies programme and associated pathway programmes are intended for A level school leavers as well as those who have left education and now wish to return. 

We also place great emphasis on supporting and encouraging non-standard entry students onto our programme. We actively welcome applications from those who have relevant life skills and experience as well as the academic potential to succeed on the programme. During the first year of the course, we tailor our modules and assessments to actively support you in your integration into higher education study and work closely with Student Services to provide you with all the help you need to make the most of your studies. 

Career Opportunities

This degree will be attractive to those who are interested in all forms of education, training, communication and human development and can lead to a variety of career options including teaching, educational administration, youth and community and educational welfare. 

The main attraction of this course is the flexibility it offers should you not have a fixed career path in mind. In particular, it will be of interest to those wishing to work within specialised learning units supporting individuals with particular additional needs. A large number of previous students have gained places on the PGCE Primary Programme and have then subsequently found employment as primary school teachers. Other students have left to work within local government and educational support as well as for various charitable organisations. 

Some graduates have taken the opportunity to teach abroad and community engagement work is also a popular option for many of our graduates, some of whom have managed to secure employment as a direct result of the opportunities made available to them as part of their studies.

Additional Costs

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

  • Stationery
  • Books
  • Fieldwork
  • Clothing
  • Printing and copying
  • DBS Check
Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.