Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)
Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip
Course duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.
Full-time teaching times may vary throughout the week and you may be co-taught with students on other modules.
Part-time teaching times: Trimester 1: Tuesday 4pm-7pm; Trimester 2: Tuesday 4pm-7pm; Trimester 3: Tuesday 5pm-7pm, workshops 9am-4pm Monday to Friday for one week.
Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are becoming increasingly complex. Our course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to improve provision and engage constructively and confidently with professionals and families of children and young people with SEND, 0-25 years.
Studying with colleagues and experts from various professional disciplines, you’ll work closely with those who recognise the importance of ensuring quality of life and fulfilment of families’ aspirations for children and young people with SEND.
From exploring professionals’ duties and procedures within the wider societal and familial context, to the enhancement of intervention, communication and inter-personal skills, our course aims to strengthen and enrich your professional repertoire, and tackle the assumptions that it’s clear how to collaborate and maximise one another’s skills.
We believe that the full participation and empowerment of all stakeholders is key in shaping the direction of the lives of children and young people with SEND. Alongside gaining insights and a deeper understanding of perspectives and frameworks, you’ll work with verbal and non-verbal strategies to support collaboration and the intervention process for children and young people with SEND.
Specialist tutors from our respected professional training courses will bring knowledge and experiences from various disciplines. In addition to this, a week-long summer school will develop your inter-professional approaches and enhance your range of strategies while you enjoy the beautiful city of Cambridge.
Course Contact: Melanie Peter
Although our course is primarily aimed at those working with children and young people with SEND, it also addresses the urgent need to strengthen collaborative working. For newly-qualified professionals, our Masters degree will enhance your employability as a potential specialist for children with SEND and their families.
Where you go with our course is entirely up to you. SENCOs may wish to enhance their training and so gain a higher degree; likewise, other serving teachers and allied professionals could use it for personal and professional career advancement or perhaps a move to a related field. If you’re an international student, you may wish to use our approaches to strengthen and influence policy and provision within your home country, or possibly develop new structures and career opportunities.
Whatever your background and personal or professional agenda, and however far you wish to take your study, our course will prepare you with transferable knowledge, skills and understanding for engaging collaboratively to make a difference to the lives of our most vulnerable citizens and their families.
Our course uses an imaginative range of approaches for you to demonstrate not only your developing knowledge and understanding of theoretical module content, but also your expanding skills from across disciplines for engaging and empowering professionals, families and children and young people with SEN themselves.
You’ll engage in collaborative assessments such as group presentations, alongside other methods like individual critical reflections and an extended evaluation of issues applied to your own unique context.
Our assignments have been designed to progress your learning, assessing your ability to communicate with clariyy both verbally and in written reports for a range of audiences. You’ll be expected to demonstrate an appropriate ability to meet academic conventions for Masters level study, with fluent and accurate Standard English and referencing.
Notes on modules for part-time students
If you're studying our course part-time, you'll study the following modules in your first year:
In your second year you'll study:
The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.
With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.
At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff. With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.
Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.
You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.
Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.
Additional study information
Throughout your time on our course, you’ll be encouraged to work in study groups from diverse backgrounds. This will not only aid opportunities for making informal professional visits but also will deepen your understanding of different perspectives.
The way our course is taught has been designed for you. If you need to study at a distance, you can make use of our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
At the end of your first year of study, we offer a week-long summer school. You’ll be expected to attend this, and should plan accordingly when applying. If you’re an international student, we may be able to help with some of your logistical arrangements. For further advice, please speak with our International Admissions team on email@example.com.
Our teaching sessions use specialist facilities and tutors from across a range of disciplines.
If you’re not in a regular work setting with access to children with SEN, you’ll be supported to find a voluntary placement, for example in a special school. This will require enhanced DBS clearance, which all students have to secure before starting this course.
You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.How to pay your fees directly
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
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