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Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies (SEND) Foundation Degree (FdA) Level 5 (part-time) (subject to approval)

The SEND Foundation Degree is designed to give an understanding of the complexity of early education, child development, and the developing child in the context of their family and society in local and global contexts, with a particular emphasis on using the workplace setting to provide contextual background and focus. The course focuses on a holistic approach to learning and understanding the complex needs of SEND children.

Valided by, and leads to an award of, the University of Bedfordshire

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 48 UCAS points with 32 points from one A-Level qualification OR
  • 48 UCAS points from Early Years BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma OR
  • Childcare CACHE Level 3 Diploma OR
  • Early Years Care & Education NVQ Level 3 OR
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualification 

You will also need to undertake a paid or voluntary placement in a relevant setting for the duration of the course, two days (14 hours) a week. You will be responsible for arranging your own placement and this is an essential part of any offer made. We welcome applications from mature students who will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications.

Course content

After an underpinning first year introducing key knowledge and skills, you will have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in the workplace in order to aid professional development. You will understand the importance of educational research and enquiry and carry out research in an educational context, which will prepare you for working in multi-disciplinary teams in Special Educational Needs and Disability and for further study.

Units you can study on the course will include: 

Level 4 (Year 1)

  • Introduction to Higher Education Studies
  • Developing Learning
  • Inclusive Practice
  • Developing English and Mathematics (WBL)

Level 5 (Year 2)

  • The Learning Environment
  • SEND: School, Family, Community and Context
  • Strategies and Interventions in Learning (WBL)
  • Reflections on Practice

Assessment methods

You will be assessed in various ways depending on the unit:

Introduction to Higher Education Studies
Essay 60% Presentation 40%

Developing Learning
Poster Presentation 30% Essay 70%

Inclusive Practice
Essay 40% Case Study 60%

Developing English and Mathematics (WBL)
Portfolio 1 50% Portfolio 2 50%

The Learning Environment
Literature Review 50% Report 50%

SEND: School, Family, Community and Context
Essay 60% Viva 40%

Strategies and Interventions in Learning (WBL)
Poster Presentation 20% Portfolio 80%

Reflections on Practice
Critical Reflection 30% Report 70%


Foundation Degree in Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies
Level 4 and 5
University of Bedfordshire

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this course there will be the opportunity to progress on to the BA Applied Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies course with the University of Bedfordshire. All successful Foundation Degree students have the right of direct entry to the BA at the end of their study.

You could then choose to follow a Primary PGCE / Schools Direct programme to gain Qualified Teacher Status, or the Early Years Teacher Status (GSCE grades A*-C in Maths, English and Science or equivalent will be required).

In addition, you could apply for the Specialist SENCO Award within Education Studies. 

If you do not wish to progress on to the top-up degree there are various options in employment within SEND.

Additional information

As part of the course you will be required to take part in a two day work placement (volunteer or employed). You will also be entitled to access the extracurricular activities offered by the University of Bedfordshire as per the part-time provision.

Course information & how to book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
Up to 3 years 28/09/2017 Thu 4.00 pm - 8.00 pm Year 1: £4500 / Year 2: £4500 / Year 3: £3000 Cauldwell Street K1566 Apply

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, problems with English and Maths, are deaf or hearing impaired, or missing the essential skills needed to complete your course, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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