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MA Supporting Children with SEND Distance Learning

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The programme aims to equip students with the skills to identify developments within the sector and develop their competence to continue to keep their knowledge current into their professional role. The programme aims to up skill the workforce who work with children with SEND by providing a critical overview of the political, economic, and social drivers that inform policy and legislation. Practitioners will develop their confidence in taking responsibility in implementing appropriate interventions for children with SEND as part of a single and multi-agency approach. Practitioners will develop their reflections skills to have an impact on the development of high-quality provision for children with SEND whilst challenging the inequalities that exist for some children and their families.

  • Course Level

    Level 7

  • Duration

    2-years part time

This course includes the following core modules that all students complete:

Mental Health and Well-being [20 credits]
Intervention Programmes [20 credits]
Small scale research [20 credits]
Global Perspectives on SEND [20 credits]
Representations of Disability [20 credits]
Understanding Relationships [20 credits]
Major Independent Study [60 credits]

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

Distance Learning

The primary way of delivering this programme is distance learning. Pre-recorded lectures will be released weekly on the teaching platform Canvas for students to access in a flexible manor. Students will have live contact with the tutor and peers on the programme at 3-points per module including a live welcome to the module and 2-group tutorials using Microsoft Teams. This encourages a community of shared best practice and a sense of belonging to UCD.

Assessments include the design of a promotional campaign, essays, reports, presentations, electronic posters, case studies, research proposal and an extended literature review all of which is submitted electronically via Turnitin on Canvas.

A Bachelor’s degree at 2:2 is required, plus 3 years relevant professional experience

Additional Requirements
A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate is required
There is a minimum requirement that practitioners are either in paid employment or undertaking a voluntary placement for a minimum of 2 days per week. It will underpin practitioners’ experiences in the workplace through studying a suite of modules that will enhance and support career progression.

GCSE requirements
Grade 4/C in GCSE English and mathematics is desirable but not essential. If you do not have these qualifications, you will still be accepted onto the programme but would need to realise that future employment may require these.

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.

This course is particularly relevant to people already working within the special educational needs and disability sector.

This course provides a range of skills relevant across a variety of different professions.

People who have completed this course have gone on to work in areas including advanced skills teachers, special educational needs and disability coordinators, assistant head teachers, head teachers, consultancy, advocacy, LA, criminal justice, lecturing and youth working.


Enquire about this course

All applications for this programme should be made directly to University Centre Doncaster, using a Higher Education Application form. This is available by emailing HEAdministration@don.ac.uk.

Alternatively, click the enquire button below.

Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 74 74

Course Fees

Part time - £3,945 per year

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

If your course includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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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