BA (Hons) Additional Learning Needs/Special Educational Needs and Disability (ALN/SEND) (with Foundation Year)

Course details

  • UCAS CodeIX53
  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 4 years
  • UCAS Tariff 48-72
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
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Course Highlights

Placements

to gain experience and consolidate your learning

Practice

informed research projects

Prepare

for a career supporting learners

Why choose this course?

This course is for those seeking a career supporting learners across the sectors in educational settings such as mainstream schools, resource provision units, special schools, post-compulsory provision or within the local authority support services.

The interdisciplinary approach includes the sociological, historical, psychological, philosophical and contemporary aspects of education relating to the diverse range and nature of ALN/SEND and the processes through which learners may secure their educational entitlement.

You'll develop knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, delivery and evaluation of a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that meets the needs of learners with ALN/SEND.

The course:

  • provides the opportunity to develop the specialist knowledge, skills and work experience needed to go straight into the workplace or teaching via a Primary Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or Post-compulsory qualification (PcET)
  • opens up additional employment opportunities in informal education settings or progression to further study
  • combines taught modules and placement experiences in a range of settings
  • enables you to interrelate the policy, theory and practice of learning and teaching for a range of learners and a range of ALN/SEND including communication and interaction needs and SpLD/Dyslexia
  • includes a foundation year, giving you the broad knowledge base and academic skills you'll need to succeed during the rest of your degree

Key course features

  • Study contemporary topics which directly relate to the education of children and supporting those with a range of ALN/SEND
  • Experience extended placements within the children’s workforce, in three out of the four years of your course
  • Engage in research whilst out on placement, guided by experienced practitioners
  • Use your current relevant employment as your placement or seek exciting new experiences
  • Receive support from an experienced staff team and academic tutorial system

What you will study

YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR)

The Education foundation year will introduce you to the theories of Child Development and how they can be applied and evidenced in practice. You will be given an overview of the concept of health and wellbeing in the early years and the importance of providing a healthy, safe and secure environment for children. You will gain a theoretical and experiential basis of the necessary skills to work with children, young people and families.

MODULES

  • The Skills You Need
  • Introduction to Child Development
  • Introduction to Health and Wellbeing
  • Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • Introduction to Skills for the Workplace
  • Contextual Studies

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4)

The second-year offers students a broad understanding of some of the main issues involving work with children, young people and families. This is a core year studied by all Education students to ensure the subject foundations, key study skills and preparation for placement are all in place.

MODULES

  • Learning to Learn in Higher Education
  • Child Development and Play
  • Introduction to ALN/SEND
  • Preparing for your Placement
  • Placement 1

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5)

This year builds upon the core skills gained at level 4 and introduces a specialist module specific to your study route and an optional module to choose from. A key part of level 5 is the introduction to research skills and an extended placement.

MODULES

  • Supporting Children and Young People: Communication and Interaction (Specialist Module)
  • Inclusion and Diversity (Optional Module)
  • Wellbeing and Resilience (Optional Module)
  • Practice Informed Research
  • Placement 2

YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6)

The final year builds upon prior learning, requires more independent study and involves students completing a research project. This year you will study two specialist modules and develop your leadership skills.

MODULES

  • Supporting Pupils with SpLD/Dyslexia (Specialist Module)
  • ALN/SEND: Specialist Support (Specialist Module)
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Practice Informed Research Project
  • Placement 3

 

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

UCAS Code: 1X53

The academic requirements for the course are;

  • 48-72 UCAS tariff points at GCE A Level or equivalent.
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in English/Welsh (First Language), plus grade C/4 or above in Mathematics or Science, or equivalent. 

For applicants without formal qualifications, work experience in appropriate areas will be considered on an individual basis.

Before applicants are offered an unconditional place on this degree, they will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance (previously known as CRB), to confirm their suitability for working with children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Teaching & Assessment

A range of assessment methods are used throughout your studies and could include: essays and reports; case studies; observations; portfolios; presentations and a research project at level 6.

These varied assessment strategies help individuals to develop a range of transferrable skills required for work within mainstream and alternative education and community settings.

Placement forms a major part of the programme at each level of study: Level 4 (min of 90 hours); Level 5 (min of 134 hours); Level 6 (min of 45 hours). You will be expected to mirror the working hours of the staff within the placement setting you attend.

Teaching and Learning

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.
 
We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.
 
There are a growing number of careers within both education and community settings to support learners with a wide range of needs, and opportunities for further studies, including:
 

  • Primary Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • Lecturer Further/Higher Education (PcET)
  • Masters programmes
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Special/alternative Education
  • Educational Support Worker
  • Behavioural/Pastoral Support Worker

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are TBC.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages

Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.

Accommodation

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.

International

If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section