FdA in Special Educational Needs and Disability

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Course Specifics

Awarding body:
University of Derby
Level 5
3 years
Part-time only
Higher education course fee:
Available upon request - Please call us on 01246500500 ext 2102.
Higher Education Student Loan or Sponsorship
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Course overview

Key modules on this course include:

  • Starting to Study YR1
  • Personal and Professional Development for the SEND Practitioner YR1
  • Introduction to SEND YR1
  • Introduction to Developmental Diversities
  • Ethical Practice, Attitudes and Values
  • Protecting Children and Young People with SEND
  • Exploring Developmental Diversities
  • Working with Parents, Carers and Caregivers
  • Action Research in a SEND context
  • Optional modules include - Supporting Learners with SEND or Understanding and Managing Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties
This course is validated by University of Derby

Methods of assessment

Methods of assessment include:

  • Coursework assignments
  • Practical assessments
  • Work-based projects
  • Presentations
  • Reflective writings
  • Online assignments
  • Case studies
  • Research Tasks
  • Written assignments

Who is this course for?

This part-time course is designed for practitioners working with children in the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 who have additional learning needs. Its core aim is to enhance your ability to bring positive outcomes to the children and young people you work with. You will study a mixture of theory and practical work and look at aspect of SEND teaching including safeguarding, managing a learning environment, and working with learners with special educational needs.

Entry qualifications

You need to hold a relevant Level 3 qualification, English and maths at grade C or above at GCSE or Level 2 equivalent, Mature students with relevant experience will also be considered.

What other experience will I gain?

This course will take three years part-time. You will be required to attend college lectures and seminars for 3.5 hours per week. Self-study and research is a key element of any foundation degree so you will be expected to dedicate time to your studies outside of the classroom.

Where will this lead?

Successful completion of the FdA Special Educational Needs and Disability can lead on to a range of specialised career opportunities. Many choose to continue their studies by progressing on to the BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies or Education Studies degrees available at Chesterfield College.

What are my career options?
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