32-48 UCAS Points from a Level 3 course (e.g. A-Level, Level 3 Diploma, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or equivalent). English GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above OR Level 2 equivalent. Maths GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above OR Level 2 equivalent is desirable. We welcome applicants who may not meet the above entry requirements but have relevant work experience within the industry. You may be asked to attend an interview to discuss the requirements of the course.
*You must be in relevant employment or have a suitable work placement for at least 10 hours a week
Applications should be made directly to the College.
This course will develop your knowledge of theories, policy and work-based practitioners in SEND using your own experience of working with children and young people in a variety of educational contexts. You will explore the complex nature of SEND education, the developing child/young person in the context of family and society, both locally and globally. There is a particular emphasis on using your workplace to provide context and focus.
This course is franchised and awarded by the University of Bedfordshire. Further details about the University and its courses are available at www.beds.ac.uk.
Who is the course suitable for?
This course is suitable for teaching assistants and other practitioners working with children and young people with SEND who wish to study in Higher Education. It provides a suitable route into teaching for people who wish to work while they study.
You will study one 30 credit unit each term and will be assessed through 1 or 2 assignments. Introduction to Higher Education Study Level 4 30 credits Developing Learning Level 4 30 credits Inclusive Practice Level 4 30 credits Developing English and Mathematics (WBL) Level 4 30 credits Environments for Learning Level 5 30 credits SEND: School, Family, Community and Context Level 5 30 credits Strategies and Interventions in Learning Level 5 30 credits Reflections on Practice Level 5 30 credits
Development of Maths and English
You will develop your skills in academic writing and associated processes throughout the course. One unit studies English and Mathematics through investigating how these subjects are supported in your workplace while enabling you to advance your own skills.
Employability Skills Development
On successful completion of the FdA you have the opportunity to progress to a top-up BA (Hons) at the University of Bedfordshire.
How will the course be taught?
The course will taught over two years and two terms attending College on Tuesdays after 4:00.
How will I know how well I am doing?
Feedback is given on each submitted assignment in addition to a grade. Key areas for development are identified enabling you to progress.
Are there any additional costs?
You may wish to buy books for private study.
What course can I do next?
On successful completion of the FdA in Special Educational Needs and Disability you can progress to a BA (Hons) in SEND or Education Studies: you are then able to progress to teacher training.
Where can I get further support / advice?
How do I join the course?
£4,500 per year. This is paid for through student finance: details will be given to you on application.