Lifelong Learning Centre

Learning and Teaching (Special Educational Needs and Disability) FD

(Part time) 2018 start

Key facts

Start date:
September 2018

3 years part time

Typical A-Level offer:
Full entry requirements

UK/EU fees: See fees section below
Financial Support Available

Work Placement: No

This course is available to UK/EU residents only

Contact us

LLC Learning and Teaching Admissions

0113 343 3212


This Foundation Degree is designed for people currently working, or intending to work, with learners with special educational needs and disability (SEND) in specialist or mainstream settings.

A key part of the course is the opportunity to complete a work-based learning module in an SEND setting.

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 events and social events throughout your studies.

On successful completion you can progress to the Learning and Teaching (SEND) BA top- up degree. Many of our Foundation Degree and BA graduates progress to managerial positions both within and outside the education sector.

Is this course for me?

The Foundation Degree is aimed at those currently engaged in providing support for learners with special educational needs and disability, in specialist and mainstream settings. It will enable you to develop your understanding and expertise in this area and so increase your career opportunities.

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.

The course runs one afternoon a week so you can fit in study alongside your work and other family commitments.

Course content

The course combines the development of specialist knowledge through optional modules with core modules on how learners learn, typical and atypical development, developing teaching skills and broader issues in education. There is also an opportunity in year 2 to experience a different SEND-related educational setting for a work-based learning module. This will enable reflection on differences in professional structures and practice.

The Foundation 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 Foundation Degree and top-up BA are firmly rooted in professional practice and combine 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.

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree, you can progress onto the BA Learning and Teaching (SEND) top-up degree, which will involve a further two years part-time study.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year one


Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC1414Introduction to Typical and Atypical Child Development20
LLLC1415How Do Learners Learn20
LLLC1417Inclusion and Special Educational Needs and Disability20
LLLC1419Academic Skills for Learning and Teaching15
ODLM1006Studying in a Digital Age (Lifelong Learning)5
Year two


Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC1416Developing Teaching Skills to Meet Learners' Needs20
LLLC2274Work-based Learning in Settings for Learners with SEND40


Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC1411Working With Others in Children's Services20
LLLC2228Using Stories to Develop Learning20
LLLC2267Mental Health, Families and Young People20
LLLC2268Introduction to Dyslexia20
Year three


Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC2202Curriculum and Assessment in Teaching and Learning20
LLLC2258Understanding Education Research20
LLLC2259Creating Learning Resources20


Module codeTitleCredits
LLLC2228Using Stories to Develop Learning20
LLLC2267Mental Health, Families and Young People20
LLLC2268Introduction to Dyslexia20

For more information on typical modules, read Learning and Teaching (Special Educational Needs and Disability) FD in the course catalogue

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

Entry requirements


GCSE: English and Maths grade C/4 or above, or equivalent

Alternative qualifications

Select an option from the list above to view alternative qualifications.

Access to HE Diploma

60 credits overall including at least 45 credits at level 3 of which 25 must be at Merit or above.

Applicants must have a level 3 qualification, e.g. CACHE level 3 or 3 A-level passes. Applicants must also be engaged in relevant work (paid or voluntary) with a minimum of 60 hours per year.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative Entry

If you don’t have the required level 3 qualifications you can complete our Alternative Entry Scheme. If you don’t have the required GCSEs, you will also be asked to take tests in English and maths. Contact the Lifelong Learning Centre for more information.

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.

Admissions policy

Lifelong Learning Centre Admissions Policy 2019


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: Not relevant

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

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) each year of your course. Fees for 2018/19 are £6,167 (67% of £9,250). The fee you are charged in future years will be calculated as a proportion 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.

Career opportunities

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.

A University of Leeds degree will make you very attractive to employers and enhance your career prospects. The Learning and Teaching (SEND) course provides you with skills that can help you develop in your present employment 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 (eg 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.

Careers support

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

Read more at Careers support for LLC students and on the University’s Careers website.

Course Terms and Conditions