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FdA Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disability

Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) require inclusive provision that provides equal opportunities to promote learning and development.

The Foundation Degree as well as offering in depth knowledge and understanding of children with SEND also offers opportunities to develop skills to support in the workplace as the assessments are designed to be at the forefront of practice which will embed skills to reach a wider professional audience; these include essays, case studies, posters, leaflets, presentations wikis and e-portfolios.

At the end of this Foundation Degree, you will hold a level 5 in supporting children with special educational needs and disability.

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 5

  • Delivery


  • Duration

    2 Years full time or 4 years part time

  • Awarding Body

    University of Hull

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Level 4 – Year 1

Developing Child with SEND

Personal & Professional Practice

Observation, Assessment & Requests


Children’s Voice

Safeguarding Vulnerable Children


Level 5 – Year 2

Play and Supporting Children with SEND

The Curriculum

Managing Behaviour

Working with Parents and Multi Agency Professionals



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


Teaching and Assessment Methods

Campus – The taught sessions on campus are designed to deliver an evening study block that allows students to immerse themselves in their study. In response to student feedback, the delivery model will follow a pattern of focused study, with one module delivered at any given time. Students will be taught face to face using a range of different methods. The teaching approaches that will be adopted include:  Lecture style, Guest Speakers, Student led seminars, educational visits, learning resources and tutorials.

Online – The on-line mode of delivery supports those in employment but allows flexibility of access to materials. This mode of delivery suits students who do not have the opportunity to access a local provider or who have other commitments which prevent their attendance on campus.  The pedagogical approach adopted is the Salmon Model (2000), which is based on developing an online community of practice. The teaching approaches that will be adopted include: Recorded delivery, weekly discussion forums, e-tivities, tutorials, virtual learning environment & independent study.

Our sessions

Students will receive a combination of 4 hours delivery and a further 4 hours of online activities each week. Additional independent study is expected.

Level 3 subject specific qualification and a minimum requirement that practitioners are either in paid employment or undertaking a voluntary placement for a minimum of two days per week.

We are committed to creating educational opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds and situations. If you have been out of formal education for some time, and/or you do not have the qualifications stated, we might still be able to consider your application and offer you a range of support. We are here to help. Please get in touch to find out more.

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 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.

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



Additional Costs

Your Tuition fees cover most 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 online Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 74 74

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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