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Teaching and Learning (Special Educational Needs) Foundation Degree

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Course outline

The field of education is ever changing and opportunities arise within it for an appropriately qualified workforce who can deliver specialist training. This course allows you to develop generic skills in teaching and learning as well as providing an opportunity for supporting students with special educational needs.

If you have a Level 5 teaching qualification (ie. Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS), Certificate in Education or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE)) you can apply for direct entry onto Year 2 of the course. 

The course provides a professional qualification for people working not just in schools but in a wide range of support roles including further and higher education and the voluntary sector. It helps you develop an understanding of the origins of learning disabilities and difficulties and provides techniques for supporting students with special educational needs. 

The course follows a blended-learning approach. You will need to have a placement in an appropriate educational setting for a minimum of 3 hours per week. 

Core modules include:

  • supporting literacy, numeracy and ICT across the curriculum
  • assessment for learning
  • inclusive practice
  • personal development and professional practice
  • understanding and managing behaviour
  • teaching and learning strategies
  • professional practice
  • innovation in teaching and learning methods

Additional modules include:

  • educational provision and ongoing development for special educational needs
  • techniques and strategies for managing the learning of those with special educational needs 
  • specific learning disabilities and difficulties (autism, ADHD)
  • specific learning disabilities and difficulties (dyslexia and dyscalculia)

If you choose to study this programme on a three-year part-time basis, we’ll arrange an appropriate study plan for you. 

Next steps

Applications for this course open in September 2017.

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Location Date(s) Course code Fees / reductions

Location:

Clarendon
Pelham Avenue, Nottingham NG5 1AL

Date(s):

03 September 2018 - 26 June 2020

Course code:

ncn050-FT

Fees / reductions:

per year. Various bursaries are available for some Higher Education courses.

Location:

Clarendon
Pelham Avenue, Nottingham NG5 1AL

Date(s):

03 September 2018 - 25 June 2021

Course code:

ncn051-PT

Fees / reductions:

Qualification

Teaching and Learning (Special Educational Needs) Foundation Degree

Duration

2 years full-time

3 years part-time

Level Level 5
Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points from:

  • at least two A Levels at ‘A2’
  • a BTEC Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate

You must hold GCSEs in English Language and Maths at grade 4 (C) or above. Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths are accepted as equivalents.

Mature students with relevant experience and/or qualifications, including an Access to HE Diploma within a relevant area, are welcome to apply. 

You will also need to have a placement in an appropriate educational setting for a minimum of three hours per week.

You will be invited to an informal interview and a small assessment - these can be completed by distance.

If you have a Level 5 teaching qualification (ie. Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS), Certificate in Education or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (ProfGCE)) you can apply for direct entry onto Year 2 of the course. You can discuss this with us at interview.

Teaching & assessment

Each module is internally assessed through individual or group assignments, which can be practical, making use of current educational thinking.

Assignments are sector-focused, e.g. lifelong learning or compulsory education, to develop the relevant skills of analysis and evaluation. 

Progression

You could continue into a generic BA (Hons) Education degree or a specialist top-up degree. You could then progress onto a PGCE, SCITT, Teach First or School Direct course.

You will need GCSEs grade C/4 or above in English Language, Maths and Science for a primary school teacher post.

Additional information

This course is validated by Nottingham Trent University

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