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Education (Inclusion & SEN)

  • Enhance your knowledge and understanding of a range of learning difficulties;
  • Immerse yourself in current research and critically analyse Government policy and legislation in relation to learners with special educational needs;
  • Make a positive impact on your own practice.

This programme, which is suitable for graduates working in educational settings, will enhance and develop your knowledge of a range of learning difficulties, enabling you to gain a deeper understanding of special education needs (SEN) and inclusion. There will be opportunities to reflect upon the importance of early identification of need as you enhance your awareness of how to recognise the indicators of a range of special educational needs. These include dyslexia, autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties. Effective strategies to improve intervention will also be considered and related to your practice, underpinned by reflection upon a range of literature and legislation, as you gain an enhanced appreciation of how inspiring practice can support and augment the learning of those with special educational needs.

Entry requirements

To join this programme, you should be a practising professional, working as a teacher, lecturer or practitioner within an educational setting, and have an undergraduate degree or equivalent.

Applicants who do not meet these requirements may also be considered on an individual basis.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning at the start of your programme. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Course modules

PBM4030 Special Educational Needs: Policy and Practice (30 credits)

Special Educational Needs: Policy and Practice considers UK policy and national and international legislation with a specific focus on the provision for those with special educational needs within your own setting. The module enables you to develop and embed the knowledge and understanding required for the inclusive education of those with special educational needs. It also considers the wider issues and debates relating to special educational needs and the dilemmas arising from everyday practice. The module has been designed to enable you to obtain the professional knowledge, understanding, attitudes and confidence necessary to manage diversity in relation to those with special educational needs.

PBM4031 Inclusive Practice for Learners with Special Educational Needs (30 credits)

Inclusive Practice for Learners with Special Educational Needs enables you to reflect upon and consider the range of special educational needs within your own setting and how inclusive practice may be achieved for these learners. The module will enable you to develop a greater understanding of internal and external barriers to learning and explore how these can impact on learners with special educational needs. The aim is to contribute to an understanding of how inspiring practice can impact upon and support the learning styles of those with special educational needs. Concepts, ideas and perspectives of special educational needs will be examined within a mixture of theoretical frameworks and practice-based reflection. Such an approach will enable you to address issues relating to the inclusive education of learners with special educational needs within your own setting.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Assessment methods

The programme is assessed through two reflective portfolios. These will include practice-based assessment tasks and a critical reflection of 2,500 words.


60 credits are required to complete a Postgraduate Certificate. Please note, the University may administer a small inflationary rise in postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
PgCert Part-time £ 32 (Credit) Home/EU 1 Years

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