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This course is designed to help you develop your knowledge and understanding of issues relating to Special Educational Needs and Inclusions at a greater depth. If you are a practitioner working with children, young people and adults in any one of a range of contexts, this may be particularly useful. Some of the modules we offer do require that you are working in a practical setting. We can also offer tailored training packages for a variety of settings.
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The MA in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion is made up of modules which help you to critically reflect on debates relating to inclusive practice in a variety of settings and contexts. You will be able to choose from a selection of optional modules so you can study what interests you most.
All of the modules are equivalent to 30 Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points, apart from the Dissertation which is 60 CATS points and is compulsory. This project includes taught aspects of research methods as well as an independent piece of research.
Course modules (17/18)
Promoting Inclusive Practice (30 credits)
- Module code: SENM009
- Core module N
This module will consider the theoretical and philosophical origins of the inclusion movement. Students will have an opportunity to critically analyse research, review literature and practice which relates to national and international policies for the promotion of inclusive education systems. The module will address the practices deployed to develop inclusive education from UK and international perspectives.
Understanding Dyslexia: Identification, Curriculum and Teaching (30 credits)
- Module code: SENM028
- Core module N
The context for this module is the agenda for inclusion of students with specific learning difficulties (Dyslexia) in educational settings schools, and the provision of suitably designed learning experiences and specialist support to give them 'a level playing field' for academic success, with other learners.
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders (30 credits)
- Module code: SENM026
- Core module N
The module provides students with an opportunity to gain an understanding of those influences which impact upon the learning, development and management of individuals on the autism spectrum.
Perspectives on Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (30 credits)
- Module code: SENM001
- Core module N
This module provides opportunities for students to critically engage with a range of key issues underpinning an understanding of SEBD, to explore aspects of current policies and the contexts and orientations which inform them and to interrogate the efficacy of national, regional and settings-based responses to the challenges they present. The module’s primary focus is to enable students to critically consider how different theoretical perspectives influence the identification, inclusion and teaching/support of learners experiencing SEBD.
Key Concepts in Inclusion and Diversity (30 credits)
- Module code: SENM019
- Core module N
The module provides students with an opportunity to gain a systematic and comprehensive understanding of those influences which impact upon the learning, development and management of pupils with a wide range of diverse needs. This will be set within a wider perspective of Inclusion and Diversity including historical and legislative dimensions.
Speech, Language and Communication Needs (30 credits)
- Module code: SENM014
- Core module N
The module will focus on an exploration of speech and language difficulties and their effect on the child's educational potential. Potential approaches to support will also be explored.
If you are studying for the MA, you will have to complete a compulsory research project, either the Dissertation on its own, or a Research Thesis and the Research Methods module together.
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
We take a blended learning approach to this course, providing you with the opportunity to learn in face-to-face and online settings. Your modules will be taught through lectures, seminars, group work, case studies, tutorials and independent study, over three semesters.
For this course, taught study is usually three hours per week, per module. Teaching on-campus tends to be in the evenings (5 – 8pm). We also recommend that you spend 10 hours per week, per module in self-directed study time.
Students studying in India or Thailand will have block classes for 4-5 days with additional online support.
The PG Certificate involves two 30 credits modules and takes one year full-time or between one and two years part-time.
The PG Diploma involves four 30 credits modules and takes one year full-time or between two and three years part-time.
The MA will entail completing four 30 credits modules and a dissertation and takes one year full-time or between two and four years part-time.
Full-time students can start in September only. Part-time students have the choice of starting in September, January or April.
Our assessment procedures are flexible and work around your personal interests and professional workloads. Assessment is usually in the form of essays, case studies, portfolios, reports and research projects.
Facilities and Special Features
Our integrated learning environment provides access to course materials and to a well-resourced library enabling you to access e-books and electronic journals from home.
If you are already working in the field of SEN, disabilities and Inclusion then the in-depth knowledge you will gain from this programme can help you to improve your practice or apply for management positions. A range of other career options in education, social care and voluntary sectors will also be possible, such as being an advocate, learning mentor, or family adviser. If you want to pursue further postgraduate research there is also the possibility of studying for a PhD.
If you do not have any practical experience in the field, optional opportunities to visit settings can be arranged.
How to apply
- An honours degree from a UK institution or equivalent
- A personal statement (which explains your reasons for applying to this course)
- Two references which will support your ability to study at postgraduate level
- Students who have gained credits at M Level 7 from Northampton or from other universities can apply to use these towards the MA in SEN and Inclusion if they can demonstrate that their studies have been in the field.
- Students who have achieved the National Award for SEN Coordination or the Level 7 OCR Diploma in teaching and assessing learners with dyslexia in the last five years can use their 60 credits towards the Master’s Degree.
- International students should be able to show that they have the required English proficiency (minimum 6.5 IELTS score or equivalent)
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,080 per 30 credit module|
If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2017/18 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,280 through Student Finance England.
*Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.
Please note to be eligible for a postgraduate loan you must be studying the full 180 credits.
If you have previously studied a PGCE and have APL modules you will not qualify for a loan from Student Finance England.
This course is available to international students.
Full-time international tuition fees
For information on our international tuition fees, please see our Tuition fees for international students page.
Please note that tuition fees for EU students will remain the same as UK fees for 2018/19. For more information, please visit the Gov UK website.
How to apply as an international student
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to apply page.
Scholarships available to international students
For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.