Education (SEND) [Special Educational Needs and Disabilities]


Key facts

Start dates

September 2023

Course length

Full time: 12 months, Harcourt Hill Campus

Part time: Two / three years depending on your chosen trajectory – part time on campus or distance learning


Harcourt Hill


School of Education


Explore the practices, pedagogies and policies in SEND today – and create truly inclusive learning spaces.

On this course, you’ll examine how educational policy and practices impact children with additional and varied needs. You’ll explore the latest theory and research on inclusion. You’ll examine data and scrutinise policy. And you’ll explore topics like:

  • emotional development & attachment
  • social, emotional and mental health needs
  • speech, language and communication needs
  • more complex learner profiles

You’ll develop an authoritative understanding of evidence-informed practices that can support children with additional and varied needs. And you’ll know how, when and where to use them. You’ll gain new insights into your own practice or organisational culture. And you’ll be able to confidently create learning environments where all children can experience care, belonging and success.

You’ll graduate ready to effect change – in your individual practice, across your school, or through research.

Specific entry requirements

This MA course attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities, normally graduates with a recognised teaching qualification, or other educational professional experience.

Applicants normally have:

– a good honours degree
– QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), other equivalent professional qualification or relevant experience

Entry with credit

Credit for the award can be made up of appropriate work completed outside the course, for example, M level credit from PGCE awards or Postgraduate Certificate courses in relevant subject areas.

Subject to these having been gained in the last five years, applicants may transfer in credits gained from:

– PG Diploma in Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties