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.


100%: Lecture


100%: Practical (Portfolio)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2021/22. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.