Why Herts?
  • Gain a rich understanding of education in many settings
  • Opportunities to focus in education, learning and teaching in primary education or special educational needs
  • Diverse and innovative assessment approaches, and best of all - no exams throughout the course

About the course

Special Education Needs & Disability (SEND) pathway

On the SEND pathway you will develop your sense of purpose by examining your beliefs around the demands of working in SEND education and beyond and how you can maintain your values when faced with challenges. This course will be for you if you have an interest in special educational needs, disability and diversity and a strong belief in inclusion. You 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?’. This module introduces the range of SEND content explored within the pathway.

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. The module ‘Therapeutic Approaches’ considers how music, drama and other creative disciplines are utilised by therapists in SEND environments.

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.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Education Studies with Special Educational Needs and Disability 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Education Studies with Special Educational Needs and Disability
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) Education Studies 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) Education Studies

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.

*The information provided is current for the 2019/20 academic year. Please note this programme is currently going through a periodic review and is therefore subject to change for the 2020/21 academic year.

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 in schools
  • special educational needs coordination (SENCO)
  • medical therapy
  • psychoanalytical therapy
  • educational 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
  • schoolchildren

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 medical and psychoanalytical therapy.

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 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.

Find out more about Study Abroad opportunities


  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    What is Education for? Philosophies that shape Education 30 Credits Compulsory
    How People Learn: An exploration of learning theories 30 Credits Compulsory
    Exploring the World of Learning and Teaching 15 Credits Compulsory
    No child left behind? 15 Credits Compulsory
    Will we ever learn? 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Education Research: Approaches to Education Research 30 Credits Compulsory
    Inclusion in Education: Meeting the needs of all learners 30 Credits Compulsory
    Diversity and Equality: Diversity and Equality issues in the workplace 30 Credits Compulsory
    Supporting Learning: Supporting identified needs 30 Credits Optional
    Behaviour and Learning: Approaches to classroom management 30 Credits Optional
    Study Abroad - BAES 60 Credits Optional
    Outdoor and Adventurous Education 30 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Autism: Autistic Spectrum Conditions 30 Credits Compulsory
    Therapeutic Approaches 30 Credits Compulsory
    Research Project Part 1 30 Credits Compulsory
    Research Project Part 2 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Fees & funding

    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

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2020/2021 academic year
    Part time
    • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £13000 for the 2020/2021 academic year
    Part time
    • £1625 per 15 credits for the 2020/2021 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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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    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

    UCAS points A Level BTEC IB requirement
    96 CCC MMM 96 points

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 6 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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    We welcome applications from international and EU students