Children and Young People (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities SEND) FdA Level 5

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    Full Time

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    Two Years

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    September 2024


The demand for highly qualified practitioners to work with children, young people and their families is rapidly increasing. This Level 5 Children and Young People (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities SEND) FdA has been developed with sector employers and designed to help you to develop higher level skills and knowledge to support children and young people with SEND. All of the modules will directly relate to your working environment and this will help you to evaluate and understand practice in more depth.

Do you have a keen interest in special education needs and disabilities? and want to develop your skills and knowledge about supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities, either in mainstream settings or within a specialist provider?

This course will help you to develop a critical understanding about policy and practice for SEND and your own role and ongoing professional development. This programme will help to develop your confidence and knowledge for being a highly effective practitioner. Your academic study will be reflected in your practical work, and your working environment will be used for projects, activities and research. The qualification has an emphasis on employability and transferable skills, and your learning will be relevant to your everyday practice.

What will I do?

During the first year you will complete:

  • Higher Education (HE) Study Skills (20 credits)
  • Ethical Practice, Attitudes and Values (20 credits)
  • Work Based Reflective Practice (20 credits)
  • Integrated Services (20 credits)
  • Introduction to SEND (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Developmental Diversities (20 credits)

During the second year you will complete:

  • Research Methods and Practice (20 credits)
  • Secondary Research (20 credits)
  • Supporting Learners with SEND (20 credits)
  • International Perspectives in Provision - Working with Children and Young People (20 credits)
  • Children Young People’s and Family Rights (20 credits)
  • Understanding and Managing Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties (20 credits)

Applicants must be aged 18 or over and working directly with children or young people aged 0-25 years in a voluntary or paid capacity for a minimum of two days a week.

To enrol on this course, you will need a full Level 3 or equivalent qualifications such as:

  • NVQ 3
  • A Levels
  • BTEC National Certificate
  • BTEC National Diploma
  • CACHE or NNEB award
  • Open College Network Credits
  • Completion of a recognised Access to Higher Education course

All applications are subject to approval by the University of Derby (UoD). In order for the University to approve your application we are required to share your personal information. This includes sharing the application form that you have completed to study this course, and in some instances, copies of your maths, English and highest-level qualification certificate.

The Level 5 Children and Young People (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities SEND) FdA will take you two years to complete, you will attend College for one full day per week.

The course will cost £7600 per year, for two years.

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

The careers team based in college can also assist your application. Please contact them via our Information Line - 01205 313218.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

Assessment methods are varied and include for example, written reports, presentations, case studies, essays and reflections. Modules are sector-related, and assessment will relate to your own organisation or vocational setting.

Upon successful completion you could progress directly into employment, onto a top up qualification at university or study the BA(Hons) Education Studies here at the College.

If you are undertaking fulltime study you can apply for a Maintenance Loan, this can be used to purchase materials to assist with your qualification.

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