Understanding Special Educational Needs, Disability, Inclusion and Diversity (X6614)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

This module introduces the identification of learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND): their strengths and difficulties in Early Years and Primary settings. It develops an understanding of different types of SEND including: dyslexia; dyspraxia; sensory impairment; Downs Syndrome; autism and ADHD. It encourages identification of the range of SEND in schools and consideration of the benefits and drawbacks of labelling children. It further explores the statutory frameworks within which schools, early years settings, teachers and fellow professionals operate including the SEND code of practice and the Children and Families Act. Finally it considers the recent history of provision for learners with SEND and reflect critically on current provision.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 120 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: