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MA Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disability – Distance Learning

The programme aims to equip students with the skills to identify developments within the sector and develop their competence to continue to keep their knowledge current into their professional role. The programme aims to up skill the workforce who work with children with SEND by providing a critical overview of the political, economic, and social drivers that inform policy and legislation. Practitioners will develop their confidence in taking responsibility in implementing appropriate interventions for children with SEND as part of a single and multi-agency approach. Practitioners will develop their reflections skills to have an impact on the development of high-quality provision for children with SEND whilst challenging the inequalities that exist for some children and their families.


Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 7

  • Delivery


    Distance / Online

  • Duration

    2-years part time

  • Awarding Body

    University of Hull

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Graduate Profiles and Student Comments

Chris’s learning journey with University Campus Doncaster

I enrolled onto the MA SEND in 2019 when the programme first became available at UCDon. At the time I was employed at a Pupil Referral Unit that provides an educational provision for Key Stage 1/2/3 pupils who have been permanently excluded or at risk of permanent exclusion.

I gained new employment as a TA in a specialist business, enterprise and employability post-16 education provision for students with autism and SEN in June in my final year of study. A couple of weeks after graduation in October I was promoted to behaviour lead for the entire college. I wouldn’t have gotten the position without having a MA in SEND.

The lecturing team at the University Campus Doncaster gave me a great opportunity to study on the programme and supported me through my 3 years of study and for that I thank them.


“MA SEND has changed the way I view supporting children with SEND and has challenged me to reflect on and improve daily practice”


“MA SEND has enabled me to critically evaluate inclusive practice within my setting and confidently implement changes to improve outcomes for children with SEND”


This course includes the following core modules that all students complete:

Please Note: Course content is subject to change.

Mental Health and Well-being [20 credits]
Intervention Programmes [20 credits]
Small scale research [20 credits]
Global Perspectives on SEND [20 credits]
Representations of Disability [20 credits]
Understanding Relationships [20 credits]
Major Independent Study [60 credits]

Occasional changes to modules and course content may take place. Students will be notified when applicable.


Teaching and Assessment Methods

Distance Learning

The primary way of delivering this programme is distance learning. Pre-recorded lectures will be released weekly on the teaching platform Canvas for students to access in a flexible manor. Students will have live contact with the tutor and peers on the programme at 3-points per module including a live welcome to the module and 2-group tutorials using Microsoft Teams. This encourages a community of shared best practice and a sense of belonging to UCD.

Assessments include the design of a promotional campaign, essays, reports, presentations, electronic posters, case studies, research proposal and an extended literature review all of which is submitted electronically via Turnitin on Canvas.

A Bachelor’s degree at 2:2 is required, plus 2 years relevant professional experience.

Additional Requirements

A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate is required paid for by the student or employer.

There is a minimum requirement that practitioners are either in paid employment or undertaking a voluntary placement for a minimum of 2 days per week. It will underpin practitioners’ experiences in the workplace through studying a suite of modules that will enhance and support career progression.

GCSE requirements

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and mathematics is desirable but not essential. If you do not have these qualifications, you will still be accepted onto the programme but would need to realise that future employment may require these.

As part of this programme of study you will be required to have a valid enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. You will be required to pay the cost of this. A DBS must be in place before you start your placement. You may be able to supply an existing DBS but this must be within 3 years of issue.

This course is particularly relevant to people already working within the special educational needs and disability sector.

This course provides a range of skills relevant across a variety of different professions.

People who have completed this course have gone on to work in areas including advanced skills teachers, special educational needs and disability coordinators, assistant head teachers, head teachers, consultancy, advocacy, LA, criminal justice, lecturing and youth working.

Financial Support

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.

We also have a range of other financial support available.

Course Fees


£3945.00 per year

Additional Costs

Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your course (including registration, tuition and assessment).

There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example:

• Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
• Printing and photocopying
• Trips and enhancement opportunities

  • A DBS check will be required, which you must pay for.


Enquire about this course

To find out more and apply for this course, please contact us via the telephone number below.

Apply direct to UCDon if we are your only optionMake an enquiry Call 0800 358 74 74