UWTSD launches new sector leading Education Studies and ALN programme


26.04.2021

The Centre for Childhood, Youth and Education Studies UWTSD are delighted to be launching their new BA (Hons) Education Studies: Additional Learning Needs and Inclusion programme.

The Centre for Childhood, Youth and Education Studies UWTSD are delighted to be launching their new BA (Hons) Education Studies: Additional Learning Needs and Inclusion programme.

The programme is currently accepting applications and is especially relevant to those students with an interest in working and supporting children, young people and adults in all sectors of the education field. Significantly the programme is being launched at a pivotal time in Wales with the new Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act legislation coming into force and the introduction of the new Curriculum for Wales in 2022.

The programme is also underpinned with a focus on supporting bilingual provision, with opportunities for Welsh medium study, thus developing professionals who can support the bilingual ALN agenda in Wales. Such bilingual skills will be essential and support students access a wide range of careers in the education sector.

Laura Hutchings, Programme Director for the new programme, highlights the key benefits of the new programme.  She commented:

"The new programme will allow students to explore and engage in a range of concepts relating to additional learning needs and inclusion.  We have close links with the National Autistic Society, special schools and PRU units within the Swansea area so our students will acquire practical experience whilst studying.  At present, we are the only institution in Wales who offer an undergraduate course that focuses on additional learning needs in education through the medium of Welsh.   One of the core aims of the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018) is to create a bilingual system to support pupils aged 0-25 with ALN in Wales, therefore this programme further develops the skillset of individuals who are looking to join the education workforce in Wales.” 

Helen Griffiths one of the Welsh medium lecturers welcomes the opportunities the Welsh medium and bilingual modules will provide students.  She added:

“We are providing a unique opportunity to allow our students to gain a bilingual qualification in the field of additional learning needs and inclusion. This provides an additional benefit for our students when applying for future employment."

The programme is offered at UWTSD’s Swansea campus and provides a range of modules including Behaviour and Learning: Approaches to classroom Management, Therapeutic Work with Individuals and Wellbeing in Education.  Modules provide students with an opportunity to explore theory, legislation and policy that relates to additional learning needs and deepens students understanding of key concepts in the subject area such as multiagency collaboration, person-centred practice and safeguarding vulnerable learners.

Additional opportunities within the programme include, employability week, guest lectures from experts in the field and additional certificates such as safeguarding and supporting the inclusive classroom through technology.

To find out more about the programme contact Laura Hutchings laura.hutchings@uwtsd.ac.uk

To find out about Welsh medium modules and opportunities for additional Welsh medium funding contact Helen Griffiths helen.a.griffiths@uwtsd.ac.uk

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 07384 467076 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk