Building on your Foundation degree or equivalent qualification, this top-up degree is for people currently working, or intending to work, with learners with special educational needs and disability (SEND) in specialist or mainstream settings.The aim of the course is aspirational, taking you from a learning support role to one where you have responsibility for delivering and managing learning. The course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to be able to question and critically analyse education policies and initiatives and make an informed contribution to your organisation. The course is taught one afternoon a week so you can fit study alongside your other work and family commitments. You’ll be taught by friendly and supportive staff, experienced in working with adult learners and with substantial professional experience in the sector. Our student support service offers advice and guidance, academic skills support, welcome and social events throughout your studies. Many of our graduates progress to managerial positions both within and outside the education sector.
We know that many mature and part-time students face unique challenges, including balancing academic study with family and employment commitments. For that reason, the Lifelong Learning Centre provides specialist guidance, advice and support to mature and part-time students, from pre-application right through to graduation and beyond.
This top-up degree will build on the learning outcomes of the Foundation Degree Learning and Teaching (SEND) and your professional experience. The degree is designed to produce practitioners who are able to question and critically analyse education policies and initiatives and who can make an informed contribution to their organisation. It is structured and delivered in such a way that you have the opportunity to understand and assimilate new ideas and concepts and to apply these in practice. The BA is firmly rooted in professional practice and combines scholarly activities with learning through experience of work. The course develops your skills in supporting learners and optional modules allow you to develop more specialised skills and knowledge in areas which affect your own practice.
In year 1 core modules will look at issues and ethics in professional practice, research methods and an introduction to autism. You will also have the opportunity to choose from optional modules looking at leadership, playful learning and exploring learning identities. In year 2 you will focus on your dissertation.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
|LLLC3945||An Introduction to Autism||20|
|LLLC3952||Researching the Learning and Teaching Sector||20|
|LLLC3970||Issues and Ethics in Professional Practice||20|
|LLLC3942||Leadership for Learning in Community and Educational Settings||20|
|LLLC3966||Who do you think you are? Exploring Learning Identities||20|
|LLLC3976||Playful Learning: using game philosophy to develop new approaches to learning and teaching||20|
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
Teaching is imaginative and supportive to make sure that you are intellectually stretched and helped to become an independent inquirer. Group sizes are small enough for you to engage actively and be well supported.
Assessments are varied and include essays, projects, case studies, individual and group presentations and posters. This wide range gives you the opportunity to work to your strengths and to gain skills in different forms of expression.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
GCSE: English and Maths grade C/4 or above or equivalent.
Select an option from the list above to view alternative qualifications.
A Foundation Degree, Diploma in Higher Education or equivalent qualification in Learning and Teaching or a similar relevant discipline with a significant focus on Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).
A qualification at NVQ Level 5 normally coupled with at least two years’ experience of work in an educational role or setting.
Be engaged in relevant work (paid or voluntary) with a minimum of 60 hours per year.
If you are a mature student or want to study part-time the Lifelong Learning Centre offers a free, confidential and impartial pre-entry guidance service. Our experienced staff can also talk to you about how you might meet the entry criteria and what support may be available to you.
How to apply
Apply to this course through the Lifelong Learning Centre.
We will treat all applications individually. We’ll take into account an applicant’s life experience and the circumstances in which they have gained prior qualifications and we encourage you to cover these things in your personal statement. We will interview shortlisted candidates.
UK/EU: To be confirmed
International: To be confirmed
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2019, the fee for 2019/20 will be £9,250.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
You will study at 67% intensity (80 credits) in year 1. Fees for 2019/20 are £6,167 (67% of £9,250). In year 2 you will study at 33% intensity (40 credits) and the fee will be calculated at 33% of the full-time fee agreed for that year.
There are no upfront fees to pay. All eligible students are able to borrow the entire cost of tuition fees making study free at the point of entry, with good repayment terms. You are eligible if you are studying for 30+ credits per year on a programme which is at a higher level than any qualification already held. Previous study in Higher Education may affect your eligibility.
Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
Depending on your circumstances, non-repayable financial support is available from the Leeds Financial Support scheme.
A qualification from the University of Leeds counts: our graduates are highly valued by employers. When you complete your degree programme you will also become part of a network of highly employable graduates.
The Learning and Teaching Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) degree provides you with skills that can help you develop in your current role or access a diverse range of roles which involve supporting learners with SEND in specialist and mainstream settings, some of these are in education but many are in other areas e.g. public and college libraries, voluntary sector organisations, children’s centres and hospitals. Many students go onto learning support and managerial roles in education such as managing teams of learning mentors, teaching assistants and behaviour support workers. Successful completion of the BA enables students to apply for a postgraduate teacher training course.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.The University and the Lifelong Learning Centre provide a range of activities to support LLC students looking to:
- explore their career options
- develop or enhance their employability skills
- gain work or voluntary experience
- prepare for promotion, review or a role change at work
- find and apply for jobs