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

This part time online programme will develop a further understanding of inclusion and Special Educational Needs and will allow students to progress in providing education and support within the areas of inclusion and Special Education. It will meet the needs of practitioners who work as Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinators.

Course Information

  • Awarding Body

    University of Hull

  • Delivery


    Distance / Online

  • Duration

    2-years part time

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This distance learning programme will 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 aims of the programme are to:

· Up skill the workforce who work with children with special educational needs and disability
· Provide a critical overview of the political, economic and social drivers that inform policy and legislation
· Develop practitioner confidence in taking responsibility in implementing appropriate interventions for children with SEND as part of a single and multi-agency approach.
· Develop reflective practitioners who can have an impact on the development of high-quality provision for children with special educational needs and disability
· To challenge the inequalities that exist for some children and their families

Course Structure


Mental Health and Well-being [20 credits]
Small scale research [20 credits]
Global Perspectives on Special Educational Needs and Disability [20 credits]
Representations of Disability [20 credits]
Understanding Relationships [20 credits]

Intervention Programmes [20 credits]
Major Independent Study [60 credits]

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time

Additionally, students are expected to engage in 12 hours a week private study to access study materials and engage with wider reading and research. This course is studied 100% online.

Assessment Method

Participants are encouraged to make links between theory and their own practice and become reflective practitioners who can think proactively and strategically about provision for pupils with special and additional learning needs. There are various assessments such as posters presentations, essays, small-scale research and case studies. You will gain a firm grounding in understanding a range of special educational needs.

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.

Some of our postgraduates have gone on to become advanced skills teachers, special educational needs and disability coordinators, assistant head teachers and head teachers. This course will help you develop a range of transferrable skills that are desirable in a wide variety of careers. These skills include the knowledge of theories, legislation, policy and practice, computer literacy, planning and time management and written communication. You will also demonstrate your ability to think critically and to design and carry out small-scale research.


Enquire about this course

To find out more and apply for this course, please contact us via telephone or emailing us.

Apply online Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 74 74

Course Fees

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

If your course includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

For more information about our course fees and available financial support, visit our Higher Education Fees and Finance section

Information for EU Students

From January 2021, how you apply for a course will change. For more information, read the UK Government's guide for the UK points-based immigration system for EU students (pdf).

Visit our International pages for more information and contact details