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University of Suffolk

Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies

UCAS Code: 4H46

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Special needs teaching

The course offers students an opportunity to explore important issues and debates surrounding SEN and disability. It is of particular interest to those who wish to work with disabled children and young people or are concerned with raising awareness and understanding of disability.

Essentially, it is the study of challenging concepts relating to equal opportunity, inclusion and a holistic understanding of childhood and youth. This degree is underpinned by children's rights and drives towards developing integrated and responsive services for children, young people and families. Together we look at issues relating to children and young people. To enrich your learning we offer a trans-disciplinary course spanning psychology, sociology, education and culture, which reflects the constantly shifting emphasis in the field of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

The BA SENDS works very closely with its stakeholders who often give guest lectures and whose organisations may offer work related experiences for pro-active students. Among others, Thomas Wolsey School, Growing Places, Ipswich Disability Advisory Bureau, Social Care Services, Autism and ADHD and Ipswich Opportunity Group offer placement opportunities.

Additionally, you can complement your academic studies through field trips such as our recent visit to Bucharest, Romania. Our students met University of Bucharest undergraduates from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Science, and to mark World Autism Day they visited an organisation that supports young people with autism

Graduates wishing to undertake postgraduate qualifications at Master’s level can progress to MA in Childhood Studies well as the MA Learning and Teaching offered at the university. In addition, graduates wishing to train as teachers can apply for the Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teaching Training for both Primary and Secondary teachers at the university. For employment they can progress to a wide range of successful positions in the following fields: Community Education Officer, Children’s Services Manager, Children’s Service Development Adviser, Children’s Centre Coordinator/Manager, Children’s Policy Adviser, Educational Welfare Adviser, Family Support Worker, MSc/MA in a related field, Research Assistant, PhD Study and Youth Justice.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£11,790
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Suffolk

Department:

School of Social Sciences and Humanities

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Education and teaching

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
60%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

After graduation


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What are graduates doing after six months?

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100%
high
Employed or in further education
74%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

35%
Childcare and related personal services
27%
Welfare and housing associate professionals
23%
Teaching and educational professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The stats above mainly cover teaching degrees for training and qualifying in primary school education. These tend to be three or four-year courses — check with course tutors about how long you will need to study to get your Qualified Teacher Status. Most graduates go into teaching roles — usually primary school teaching, so these courses have good employment rates and starting salaries. We have a shortage of teachers of all kinds, which is deepening, and whilst many of the most severe are at secondary level, the prospects for this degree are not likely to take a downturn any time soon.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Special needs teaching

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

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