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FdA Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disability Distance Learning

This 2-years full time or 4-years part time distance learning programme is ideally suited to practitioners working with children with SEND and is offered to those who currently work within the children’s workforce supporting children, 0-25, with special educational needs or disability, who already have a Level 3 qualification.

Course Information

  • Awarding Body

    University of Hull

  • Delivery


    Distance / Online

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The aim of this online programme will provide valuable knowledge of child development, the current legislative framework and explore current SEND reform. Essential elements of working with children will be studied including safeguarding vulnerable children, working in a multi-agency context, along with exploring the challenges of supporting and working with families of children with SEND.

Course Structure

Level 4
– Personal and Professional Practice [20 credits]
– Observation, Assessment and Requests [20 credits]
– Developing Child with SEND [20 credits]
– Safeguarding Vulnerable Children [20 credits]
– SEND [20 credits]
– Children’s Voice [20 credits]

Level 5
– Play and Supporting Children with SEND [20 credits]
– The Curriculum [20 credits]
– Managing Behaviour [20 credits]
– Working with Parents and Multi-Agency Professionals [20 credits]
– Research [20 credits]
– Transitions [20 credits]

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

Additionally, the programme will require approx. 8-12 hours a week of private study to access study materials and engage with wider reading and research.

This course is studied 100% online.

This vocational award is a work-based course, where you’ll build upon your experience through modules in areas such as child development with SEND, safeguarding vulnerable children, children’s voice and research.

The course is delivered entirely online.

Each module consists of reading materials and links to relevant and current policies, as well as audio and video materials which are used to enhance learning. You have access to the module tutor via online tutorials.

On this course you will be encouraged to become an active enquirer and participant in your own learning.

Progress and achievement are assessed using a variety of methods, such as essays, case studies, ePortfolios, poster and oral presentations, research, and leaflet designs.

A Level 3 qualification in a work-related area plus at least 2 years’ experience of working within the education sector or Children’s Workforce

Additional Requirements

A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate is required.

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 might require this.

English language requirements:
IELTS 6.5, with no component below 5.5 Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

This course gives you a ’rounded’ understanding of working in the area of special needs, inclusion and disability policy, sociology and politics, building on your experience as a professional within the education sector. Furthermore, giving you new strategies for supporting children and working alongside colleagues and parents.

Progression onto a year-long distance learning top up course to turn your Foundation Degree into a BA (Hons). This will give you further opportunities for further professional development, for example, going onto Teacher Training programmes.


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 programme (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 programme 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).

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