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FdA Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disability – Distance Learning Sept Start

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


    Distance / Online

  • Duration

    2 Years full time or 4 years part time

  • UCAS Code


  • Awarding Body

    University of Hull

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Graduate Profiles and Student Comments

Naomie’s learning journey with University Campus Doncaster

When starting my student journey to say I was terrified was an understatement. I had been out of education for several years and always had low confidence in my written ability. I was working in a role where I would support families of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and was unable to progress further due to the qualifications I held. I wanted options for progressing in my career and was very anxious about starting a foundation degree.

The teaching staff at University Campus Doncaster have been consistently amazing and the feedback I have received regarding my work has supported me to slowly improve my writing to a standard that I did not think I could achieve. I started to enjoy my assignments and researching as the topics were of interest to me and I began to thrive in all assignments. Each assignment I submitted pushed me a little more than the last, which resulted in my confidence increasing throughout the years I have studied. Once I finished my Foundation Degree, I decided to further my studies by completing the top up year which resulted in a BA Hons degree, this was a challenge, but I was well supported and guided through the process.

Now I have completed my degree, I have gained the tools and confidence to progress with my career and if further studies were required for any future roles, I have the confidence to believe that I now have the skills to do this.

All lecturers have been very supportive and patient with me and have been very accessible to help when needed. I would like to thank all the teaching staff who have taught me over the last 3 years, I will forever look back at my time being a student positively.

“I have to admit that I was nervous about undertaking a degree programme after being out of formal education for over 12 years.  But from the first contact with the fabulous team at Doncaster University Centre I was confident that the programme would offer everything I had been looking for to enable me to study whilst working full time and being a single parent, something I never thought I would be able to do. The lecturing team are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about their subject and there is something very special about having a group of local people, both lecturers and fellow students, who are invested in improving the quality of care and education for the children and young people in their local area. The quality of teaching and wider support available within the university centre enabled me to not only complete the Foundation Degree programme, but instilled a love of learning and the confidence to go on to achieve a BA Honours First Class in SEND and I am now enrolled with Doncaster University Centre studying a PGCE teaching qualification. That first step might be nerve wracking, but you won’t regret it, and you won’t find a better team to uncover your potential and cheer you on!” (Nicola)

“Starting this course, I was extremely anxious about writing assignments and doing well on my course. The teaching staff helped me build my confidence and supported me throughout my foundation degree. The support I received encouraged me to now further my study to enrol onto a BA Honours degree.” (Naomie)



Please Note: Course content is subject to change.

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


Full Time – £7940 per year.

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.


Apply or enquire about this course

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

  • Course code: X20D
  • Institution code: N64
  • Campus name: University Campus Doncaster
  • Campus code: D

Apply on the UCAS website Apply directly if we are your only option Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 7474