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BA (Hons) Inclusive and Special Education - Top Up

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Please note that this course is taught at the AHED site in Winchester. It is also available at Queen's Park Academy in Bournemouth - please search course code H32H.

This course is currently undergoing revalidation for September 2022  - please be aware that there may be minor changes to the content outlined below.

Who is the course for?

The BA (Hons) in Inclusive and Special Education is a one year ‘top-up’ course, which has been designed for those who have completed the Foundation Degree in Inclusive and Special Education (or equivalent qualification at Level 5) and want to progress on to achieve a full BA (Hons) degree. The qualification is designed for those working or wishing to work with children from birth to Secondary age within Inclusive and Special Education.

This programme is awarded and validated by Middlesex University. Click here for further information about Student Finance and funding.

What are the aims of the course?

The course aims to provide a programme, which engages with all aspects in Inclusive and Special Education and prepares students for future management and leadership roles. It will encourage learners to use multidisciplinary sources, drawing on academic, theoretical and practical perspectives to inform and develop their understanding of children’s care, learning and development.

Students will have the opportunity to examine policy, research and practice in Inclusive and Special Education, provision and care and apply multiple perspectives to Special Educational Needs, recognising that early childhood studies involves a range of research methods, theories, evidence and applications.

What topics will I be covering?

Course structure and module chartSee course structure chart for details of the modules you will study across the year. The 40 credit dissertation module runs across Term 1 and Term 2. 

Course attendance: 13.00-19.00 one day a week, during normal term time.

Do I need any previous knowledge or entry requirements?

All eligible applicants will be required to undertake an interview. Students should be employed in an Inclusive and Special Educational environment. Applicants should hold a Foundation Degree in Inclusive and Special Education or equivalent qualification at Level 5 or a degree in an unrelated subject with substantial experience of working with children from birth to 16 years. You should have achieved GCSE at Grade C / 4-9 or above (or recognised equivalents) in English and Maths. Applicants who have not achieved these will be asked to complete an assessment paper when they come in for interview.

All students who are not currently employed in an educational setting will require Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks prior to the start of the course.

What could the course lead to?

The course prepares students for a senior role in an Inclusive and Special Education setting as well as potential progression to a PGCE course.

The fee for this course for 2022 entry is £5,950.

Any queries should be directed to the Head of Curriculum, Paula Baker, on

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Course Fee£5950
Courses Information

BA (Hons) Inclusive and Special Education - Top Up

Course Code: H30H
Course Dates: 27 Sep 2022 - 11 Jul 2023
Course Fees: £5950
Location: Weeke - AHED Centre

Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change. For degree programmes, please note that the fee showing is charged per annum.

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