This Professional Practice in Special Educational Needs and Disability Foundation Degree is intended for adults working, volunteering or leading practice supporting children with special educational needs. The work-based degree is a combination of practice-based learning and college-based sessions, which run once a week, so that you are able to continue in employment throughout the course.
This degree will focus upon the special educational needs within mainstream and specialist provision across all sectors of education (early years, primary, secondary and further education). The degree is designed to improve and develop your knowledge and understanding of special educational needs, and to develop wider personal and professional communication skills.
Within the Professional Practice in Special Educational Needs and Disability FdA qualification, you will study a range of modules, which are designed to enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of your role supporting children with special educational needs. You will study at our dedicated Boston College University Centre.
In your first year, you will examine principles of learning as an introduction to higher education and investigate the complex relationship between guidance, practice and meeting individual needs.
Within the first year (Level 4) you will study:
Within the second year (Level 5) you will study:
You must have a minimum of 12 hours per week in your setting (accumulating to 360 hours per year of study in a relevant role, either as an employee or a volunteer). The programme delivery structure includes four 30-credit modules per year. Modules will be taught in blocks of seven or eight weeks. Your tutors will employ a range of teaching strategies that include interactive lectures, seminars, and tutorials. Moodle is used extensively to share module materials and directed reading to support.
The entry qualifications for the Professional Practice in Special Educational Needs and Disability FdA are a Level 3 qualification is also required in a suitable area. If you do not hold a Level 3 qualification, but can evidence significant experience of supporting children with special educational needs, this may also be accepted.
Typically, a minimum of one year’s experience in practice with a minimum of two days a week (minimum of 12 hours per week accumulating to 360 hours per year of study in a relevant role, either as an employee or a volunteer) is also required.
All applicants will have an interview whereby experience and qualifications can be explored.
The Professional Practice in Special Educational Needs and Disability FdA will take you two years to complete. You will attend College every Wednesday 1:00pm-8:00pm plus 12 hours in practice.
35% of your time will be spent in lectures and 65% independent study. Your independent study includes undertaking wider reading preparing for assessments
The Professional Practice in Special Educational Needs and Disability FdA will cost you £5950 per year.
Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances. Please enquire for details.
You can apply for a student loan to cover the costs of course fees. You may also be able to apply for various grants and loans to support your learning. Specific advice regarding student loans and other benefits can be obtained from www.gov.uk/student-finance
The careers team based in college can also assist your application. Please contact them via the Information Officer number listed below.
Please note that all fees are subject to change.
A range of assessments are included in the programme such as essays, portfolios, case studies, research reports and oral assessments including group discussions and presentations. This will enable you to build upon your personal strengths and develop clear communication skills to share your knowledge and understanding in different ways.
Level 4 Modules
Level 5 Modules
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