This engaging and innovative work-based programme offers the opportunity to gain a qualification while continuing to work. The course is specifically designed for those working with children and young people with Special Educational Needs in the capacity of an unqualified teacher, a learning support assistant or an adult, other than a teacher, in a school or similar educational setting. The programme will be delivered on one day a week or equivalent, enabling you to also work on a paid or voluntary basis in an educational setting.
Gain valuable experience in the educational setting while developing knowledge and an understanding of how children and young people learn in different contexts through the study of theories related to child development.
The Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies (SEN specialism) is an opportunity to engage in an innovative work-based programme which enables you to gain a qualification while continuing to work. Your professional role, combined with an undergraduate 'work-based' qualification will aid future employment opportunities and further qualifications.
Our Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies (SEN specialism) has a 96% overall student satisfaction rating (National Student Survey, 2017)
Study on this Foundation Degree draws from psychology, sociology, philosophy and history of education, examining child development from a range of perspectives. You will be offered the opportunity to reflect on a range of issues that affect the development of children and young people. There is an emphasis on the role of research and its impact on aspects of children and young people's lives. You are encouraged to explore the relationship between theories of child development and practices in the workplace by engaging in practical research tasks.
You will be assessed through a range of methods, including individual presentations, poster presentations, resource design, case studies and essays. There is no formal examination assessment.
Accordingly, assessment procedures will take account of not only your acquired knowledge and skills, but also the process of developing skills and the ability to apply such knowledge and skills in the world of work.
The Foundation Degree draws from psychology, sociology, philosophy and the history of education in order to examine child development from a range of perspectives.
You will reflect on a range of issues that affect the development of children and young people. The course emphasises the role of research and how it impacts on different aspects of children and young people's lives. You will explore the relationship between child development and practices in the workplace through doing practical research tasks.
The Special Needs Education (SEN) pathway will enable you to also explore issues related to disability; autism; speech, language and social communication needs and sensory impairments and physical conditions.
You could continue your studies in childhood studies by progressing onto to the BA(Hons) in Childhood Studies (with SEN specialism), a one-year top up to the Foundation degree.
Students who have successfully completed the Foundation Degree wishing to gain Qualified Teacher Status may also progress on to the BA (Hons) Primary Education Progression Route (PEPR), offered by the School of Teacher Education.
You may also choose study to progress onto a variety of social work programmes, or into a specialist field such as speech and language or art and play therapy.
The will be a charge for any University Equivalency test taken to enter the course. Details are available in the section on General Information for Applicants.
We have designed this course specifically for those working on a paid or voluntary basis with children and young people in settings such as schools, nurseries, childcare, fostercare, child minding, youth groups, cadets, or library services. You will explore the relationship between theories of child development and practical application in the workplace where you will gain a valuable understanding of how children and young people learn.
• learning theory
• behaviour for learning
• curriculum subject areas
• different aspects of special educational needs and inclusion
SEN Specialist Pathway Modules
• Introduction to Childhood Studies
• Growth and Development
• Language Development and its Place in Learning
• Sensory Impairments and Physical Conditions
• Social, Mental and Emotional Health
• Atypical Child Development
• Theories of Learning
• Language and Literacy
• Independent Study
• Speech, Language and Communication Needs
• Understanding Children with Autism
• Cognition and Learning
You will learn about the complexities of identifying and working with pupils who have a range of learning difficulties. The module is focussed on understanding the theoretical background and practical implementation of the inclusion of pupils with learning difficulties. You will consider the perspective of pupils, explore different interventions, planning and pedagogy.
We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.