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Special Education Needs & Disability (SEND) pathway

This course will be for you if you have an interest in special educational needs, disability, diversity and inclusion. The SEND pathway will develop your understanding of the major issues in these fields and you will have the opportunity to reflect upon current SEND practice and policy and its impact on education in society. You will be encouraged to develop your own perspective on how we can improve the lives of those with special educational needs and disabilities.

This course will be suitable if you are new to SEND or if you have some experience of SEND practice and want to deepen your theoretical understanding. As a graduate from this pathway you will be an informed advocate for those with SEND.

You will focus on people with SEND and explore their education, development and care. You will have the opportunity to become a confident, self-aware, reflective graduate, able to operate as a professional in multi-agency contexts. The programme content draws on international research and practice including global perspectives of SEND, different SEND curricula and established, as well as emerging, theory.

Education Studies

As a student on one of the Education Studies pathways you will be joining our diverse cohort of students that share a common interest in and a passion for education.

You will have the opportunity to study a broad range of educational disciplines. The flexible nature of the course allows for you to tailor aspects of your study to your interests including a research project in the final year which can focus on a SEND topic of your choice.

Level 4 (Year 1 full-time)

All Education Studies pathways share a common first year. The modules focus on personal and professional development as well as on learning theory and philosophy of education. This includes the SEND dedicated module ‘No child left behind?’

On completion of the first year you will have the opportunity to confirm your preferred Education Studies pathway.

Level 5 (Year 2 full-time)

Theory is linked to practice through work-related learning and a placement that can be SEND based. Inclusion is explored as a central concept of SEND and a range of specific needs are considered in depth.

Level 6 (Year 3 full-time)

The final year includes a research project that can be tailored to your area of interest in SEND. Therapeutic approaches and autism are explored in detail.

As you progress through the programme you will be encouraged to consider your own values and beliefs in relation to SEND practice, based on your learning and experience.

Why choose this course?

Focus on SEND and inclusion

During the course you will have opportunities to demonstrate a critical understanding of the diversity and needs of those with special educational needs and disabilities. You will learn how to select appropriate strategies of support for learners with special educational needs and disabilities. You will evaluate multiple perspectives in relation to SEND and analyse the relationships between them.

Transferable skills

Effective team work is an essential part of professional SEND roles. Embedded throughout the course will be opportunities for you to develop the ability to collaborate and plan as part of a team.

As well as knowledge gained throughout the programme, you will develop critical thinking and other transferable skills which can enhance your employability.

Course details


Applying your SEND specialist knowledge in various contexts

As a graduate from the SEND pathway you will be equipped for careers working with people with special educational needs in a range of different sectors and roles. This degree opens up the possibility for a future career in:

  • SEND teaching
  • pastoral work
  • special educational needs coordination (SENCO)
  • medical therapy
  • psychoanalytical therapy
  • education psychology
  • SEND nursing and charities

Further study in education

You will have the underpinning knowledge to progress to teacher training through PGCE Primary Education (dependent on other selection criteria) or to continue to focus on SEND through MA SEND and Inclusion.


The School of Education has an excellent record of employment. You will gain many transferable skills that could be applied to a broad range careers. You will study many disciplines, including psychology, sociology, politics and philosophy, which may inspire you to pursue further study or employment in these areas.

Teaching methods

You will learn from a diverse range of visiting speakers. In recent years we have invited:

  • parents
  • experts in dyslexia and a range of additional needs
  • teachers and heads of school
  • therapists
  • school children

You will interact with University staff, from the School of Education and beyond, with many years of experience in senior SEND roles and related disciplines such as nursing and social work.

Your scheduled learning will include:

  • visits to special educational needs exhibitions
  • visits to museums and other inclusive environments to consider how they meet the additional needs of their visitors

A personal tutor will guide you in developing your subject knowledge and academic skills by providing learning and pastoral support. You will learn through reading, seminars, practical workshops, lectures and tutorials. There is an expectation that you will engage with online 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.

Find out more about Study Abroad opportunities


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

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 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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Entry requirements...

2019 entry 

72 - 168 UCAS points 

GCSE Maths grade 4 (D) and English Language at grade 4 (C) or above 

IB - 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above  (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL or SL)

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS Academic score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. 

If you do not have the required IELTS Academic or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

Find out more about International entry requirements.

How to apply


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