Special Study in Supporting Learning University Certificate - Certificado Universitario de Estudio Especial en Apoyo al Aprendizaje
This Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) fulltime, campus- based programme is designed for educational and health practitioners that work with, or have an interest in working with, children identified as having special educational needs and disabilities. It provides opportunities for participants to reflect on their practice, to critique the conceptualisation of disability within culture and society, and to be analytical as to SEND practices and policies.
This course is internationally focused, and examines SEND practices around the world. Students will, however, be given opportunities to experience UK schools and to engage in research at both the UK and international level.
Applicants must have:
a relevant or related 1st degree and some relevant experience with children or young people with SEN.
an enhanced DBS/police check if applying for the PG Dip and MA. A small additional fee will be necessary, in addition to the standard fees
demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English. (see ´English Language Requirements´ below).
There is only one intake per year at the beginning of the Academic Year (September/ October).
We accept a range of qualifications.
English language requirements
In order to undertake the SEND programme of study, you will need to demonstrate that you have a good level of listening skills, reading comprehension, written and spoken English. You can demonstrate your level of English with IELTS or alternative qualifications. The following link, to the English language qualifications page, will give you more detailed information about English tests excepted at the University of Birmingham and the required grades you will need to achieve.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities: Analysing Research
Cross-cultural issues in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Practitioner inquiry in Education (PIE)
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities: Evaluating Practice
Practice based Research
Dissertation (MA only)
Students enrolled on the MA in SEND will have the opportunity to take an elective module of their choosing to fulfil the 20 credits that go towards their overall credit requirement of 180.
While the list of available elective modules will change from year to year, SEND students may choose a module from programmes across the School of Education and College of Social Sciences, including:
School Improvement and Educational Leadership
Social, Emotional, and Behavioural Difficulties
Disability and Development
The modules listed on our website may occasionally be subject to change. For example, as you will appreciate, key members of staff may leave the University and this might necessitate a review of the modules that are offered. Where a module is no longer available, we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
Employable skills that are learned through completion of the SEND programme include analysing and conducting research, evaluating practice, policy analysis, and academic writing. Because of the self-directed and project-based nature of this programme, you will be encouraged to set your own skills and knowledge objectives. Your advisor will work with you to facilitate meeting these.
Whilst the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) award does not qualify you to become a teacher in the UK or elsewhere, it is ideal for graduates who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding of special educational needs and disabilities in educational settings. Upon completion of this course, you will have experience of issues relating to special educational needs which could be applied to a wide range of professional roles. There is also the opportunity to work towards a further professional qualification in the field of Education, which includes progression to a PhD or EdD.