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Develop your understanding of key issues and thinking in the field of special educational needs and disability (SEND). This degree offers you the opportunity to understand, explore and make an informed contribution to education debates. You will be able to make links between education policy, its delivery and the experience of groups and individuals. In addition you will study specific modules to enable you to develop your understanding of key issues and thinking in the field of special educational needs and disability (SEND). You will focus on inclusion in education and how to meet the identified needs of all learners.

Within the course you will also study contemporary issues in education and society; historical figures in education; the philosophy and psychology of education; learning theory; and education literature. This degree combines the traditional study of the disciplines of education with innovative approaches to study and your own learning.

As you progress through your course, there will be opportunities for you to focus on areas of particular personal interest within the field of special educational needs & disability. Our Study Abroad module will enable you to study for 6 months at one of our partner institutions across the world.

Assessments are through coursework. They are varied to encourage a wide range of knowledge and skills to be assessed. 

Why choose this course?

This course provides an ideal opportunity to gain in depth knowledge and understanding of the field of education with a focus on special educational needs and disability both within and beyond the school context. It enables you to study aspects of SEND such as autism. It provides an excellent foundation for anyone wanting to work with adults and children who have identified needs.

Your studies will take place within the School of Education, highly rated by external bodies such as the Quality Assurance Agency and OFSTED.

You will be taught by staff actively engaged in a wide range of ongoing research and educational enquiry.

Course details


Graduates from our programme are well positioned to go into many areas of graduate employment such as museums, educational welfare, prisons, social work, local authorities, and provision for children and adults with SEND. Career prospects in education can also be furthered by progressing to postgraduate studies. These include gaining a Master's degree in, for example, education, leadership or psychology, or entering a postgraduate primary teacher training course.

Teaching methods

You will learn through reading, seminars, practical workshops, lectures and tutorials. A personal tutor will guide you in developing your subject knowledge and academic skills by providing learning and pastoral support. There is an expectation that you will engage with on-line materials and you will be encouraged to take responsibility for studying independently.

Work Placement

To support the development of your employability skills, you will link theory with practice in a work based context on the Equality and Diversity in the Workplace module. 

Study Abroad 

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in Year Two through the University's study abroad programme. Study Abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

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Level 4

Core Modules

  • What is Education for? Philosophies that shape Education - 30 Credits
  • How People Learn: An exploration of learning theories - 30 Credits
  • Exploring the World of Learning and Teaching - 15 Credits
  • No child left behind? - 15 Credits
  • Will we ever learn? - 30 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Education Research: Approaches to Education Research - 30 Credits
  • Inclusion in Education: Meeting the needs of all learners - 30 Credits
  • Diversity and Equality: Diversity and Equality issues in the workplace - 30 Credits


  • Supporting Learning: Supporting identified needs - 30 Credits
  • Behaviour and Learning: Approaches to classroom management - 30 Credits
  • Study Abroad - BAES - 60 Credits
  • Outdoor and Adventurous Education - 30 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Autism: Autistic Spectrum Conditions - 30 Credits
  • Therapeutic Approaches - 30 Credits
  • Research Project Part 1 - 30 Credits
  • Research Project Part 2 - 30 Credits


Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1500 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Start DateEnd DateLink
17/09/201827/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
17/09/201826/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
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17/09/201827/05/2019Apply online (Part Time)


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26/09/201926/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
25/09/201925/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201927/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)