Building on your Foundation Degree or equivalent qualification, this top-up degree is designed for people currently working, or intending to work, with learners with special educational needs and disability (SEND) in specialist or mainstream settings.
Many of our graduates progress to more managerial positions both within and outside the education sector.
The top-up degree is aimed at those currently engaged in providing support to learners with special educational needs and disability, in specialist and mainstream settings. It will enable you to develop your understanding and expertise in this area and thereby increase your career opportunities.
Our Learning and Teaching BA is designed for those who are interested in a broader course aimed at providing support for learning and/or teaching, in a wide range of learning support roles including schools, further and higher education, the voluntary sector, libraries and museums.
The course runs one afternoon a week so you can fit in study alongside your work and other family commitments.
This top-up degree will build on the learning outcomes of the Foundation Degree Learning and Teaching (SEND) and your professional experience. The degree is designed to produce practitioners who are able to question and critically analyse education policies and initiatives and who can make an informed contribution to their organisation. It is structured and delivered in such a way that you have the opportunity to understand and assimilate new ideas and concepts and to apply these in practice. The BA is firmly rooted in professional practice and combines scholarly activities with learning through experience of work. The course develops your skills in supporting learners and optional modules allow you to develop more specialised skills and knowledge in areas which affect your own practice.
In year 1 core modules will look at issues and ethics in professional practice, research methods and introduction to autism you will choose from optional modules looking at leadership, playful learning and exploring learning identities. In year 2 you will focus on your dissertation.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
Entry requirements, fees and applying
GCSE: English and Maths grade C/4 or above or equivalent.
A Foundation Degree, Diploma in Higher Education or equivalent qualification in Learning and Teaching or a similar discipline with significant evidence of SEND-related study.
A qualification at NVQ Level 5 with significant evidence of SEND-related study normally coupled with at least two years' experience of work in an educational role or setting.
Be engaged in relevant work (paid or voluntary) with a minimum of 60 hours per year.
If you are a mature student or want to study part-time the Lifelong Learning Centre offers a free, confidential and impartial pre-entry guidance service. Our experienced staff can also talk to you about how you might meet the entry criteria and what support may be available to you.
How to apply
Apply to this course through the Lifelong Learning Centre.
We will treat all applications individually. We'll take into account an applicant's life experience and the circumstances in which they have gained prior qualifications and we encourage you to cover these things in your personal statement. We will interview shortlisted candidates.
Lifelong Learning Centre Undergraduate Admissions Policy
UK/EU: See fees section below
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.
The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government's forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.
The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students in 2018-19 will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.
Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.
You will study at 67% intensity (80 credits) in year 1. Fees for 2018/19 are £6,167 (67% of £9,250). In year 2 you will study at 33% intensity (40 credits) and the fee will be calculated at 33% of the full-time fee agreed for that year.
There are no upfront fees to pay. All eligible students are able to borrow the entire cost of tuition fees making study free at the point of entry, with good repayment terms. You are eligible if you are studying for 30+ credits per year on a programme which is at a higher level than any qualification already held. Previous study in Higher Education may affect your eligibility.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
Depending on your circumstances, non-repayable financial support is available from the Leeds Financial Support scheme.
A qualification from the University of Leeds counts: our graduates are highly valued by employers. When you complete your degree programme you will also become part of a network of highly employable graduates.
A University of Leeds degree will make you very attractive to employers and enhance your career prospects. The Learning and Teaching (SEND) degree provides you with skills that can help you develop in your present employment or access a diverse range of roles which involve supporting learners with SEND in specialist and mainstream settings, some of these are in education but many are in other areas e.g. public and college libraries, voluntary sector organisations, children's centres and hospitals. Many students go onto learning support and managerial roles in education such as managing teams of learning mentors, teaching assistants and behaviour support workers. Successful completion of the BA enables students to apply for a PG teacher training course.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate.
Read more at Careers support for LLC students and on the University's Careers website.
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