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Foundation Degree in Special Educational Needs & Disability
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Awarding Body  University of Derby Course Title  FdA Special Educational Needs & Disability
Award  Foundation Degree  Award Level  5
UCAS Code XC18 Study Mode  Part-Time
Start Dates September 2019 Duration 3 years
  1. About this course
  2. What you will cover
  3. Entry Requirements
  4. How to apply
  5. Careers and employability
  6. Professional Recognition

About this course

This Foundation Degree has been designed for educational practitioners working with children and young people who have been identified as having a special educational need or disability (SEND).

On this Foundation degree, you will develop your study skills, engage in personal and professional development, and gain an understanding of SEND.  You will also learn about working with parents, carers and caregivers, attitudes and values, and protecting children and young people with SEND. You will also explore, developmental diversities, ethics and conduct action research in a SEND context.

All students need to be employed or volunteering, for at least two days a week, within an environment, which is supporting children or young people who have been identified as having a special educational need or disability. This is a mandatory requirement for the duration of the course.

The Foundation Degree is validated by the University of Derby and will be delivered by the College in partnership with the university.

Assessment

You will be assessed using your work-based activities, creative presentations, essays, discussion papers, case studies, and portfolios. There are no exams.

Teaching and Learning

The course attendance is usually one evening (5pm – 8pm) per week.  In addition to this, students will be expected to attend some tutorials. These are usually arranged on the evening of your study.

You will study through a mixture of theory and practical work, and reflect on your practice. You will be expected to undertake independent study of least 5-10 hours per week to research and fulfil module assignment requirements.

As a partner student you will be granted access to the University’s online learning environment ‘University of Derby Online (UDo)’. From within UDo you will be able to access the University’s Library (including an extensive range of eBooks, eJournals, audio and video resources), course resources related to your programme and your grades.

 

    Course Entry Requirements

    Entry requirements

    You will be invited to an interview to discuss your qualifications, experience and any other related information. You will need:

    • 80 UCAS points from A-level or equivalent relevant qualifications such as the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support in Teaching in Schools
    • To be working or doing voluntary work in the sector, with access to a suitably qualified mentor to support your professional development during the course
    • Five GCSEs at grades A*- C/grade 4 or above, including Maths and English or the equivalent.

    All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby. 

Careers and employability

  • You can progress on to stage three of an honours degree, for example, BA (Hons) Education Studies or  BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • Move ahead in your vocational field into senior roles in a variety of settings

Professional Recognition

Many of  graduates have gone on to senior roles within their practice and workplace settings.

In recent years many of  graduates have:

  • moved ahead in their vocational field - they are in senior roles, leading practice and settings.
  • continued on to achieve a bachelors degree.

What you will cover

    You will study these modules:


Year 1
UNIT CODEUNIT NAMEUNIT LEVELUNIT CREDIT
FdA 001Starting to Study - 4420
FdA 002Personal and Professional Development for the SEND Practitioner - 4420
FdA 003Introduction to SEND - 4420
FdA 004Introduction to Developmental Diversities - 4420


Year 2
UNIT CODEUNIT NAMEUNIT LEVELUNIT CREDIT
FdA 005Ethical Practice, Attitudes and Values - 4420
FdA 006Protecting Children and Young People with SEND - 4420
FdA 007Exploring Developmental Diversities - 5520
FdA 008Supporting Learners with SEND - 5520


Year 3
UNIT CODEUNIT NAMEUNIT LEVELUNIT CREDIT
FdA 009Action Research in the SEND Context - 5520
FdA 010Working with Parents, Carers Caregivers in the SEND context - 5520
FdA 011Mental Health and Wellbeing - 5520
FdA 012Introduction to Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties - 5520

Online Application & Eligibility Assessment

Note: Please scan your supporting documents, such as a photo, passport, visa, qualifications, references etc before starting the application form. You will also need access to your e-mail.

Apply through UCAS [Prefered]

Apply Online Directly

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Fees and Finance

Tuition Fees for Academic Programmes

Tuition fees for Full-Time Programmes - 2018/2019

Study Programme Yearly Fees
UK/EU Students
  Duration
Higher National Certificate £6,165.00   1 year
Higher National Diploma
£6,165.00   2 years
Foundation Degree FdA £6,165.00   2 years
BA/BSc (Hons) £6,165.00   3 years
BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up
£6,165.00   1 year

Tuition fees for Part-Time Programmes - 2018/2019

Study Programme Yearly Fees
UK/EU Students
  Duration
Higher National Certificate
£4,500.00   2 years

Higher National Diploma

£4,500.00   3 years
Foundation Degree FdA £4,500.00   4 years
BA/BSc (Hons) £4,500.00   5 years
BA/BSc (Hons) Top-Up

£4,500.00   2 years

 

Undergraduate funding (2018/19)

Student Finance England

Full-time study
The majority of undergraduate funding comes from the Student Loans Company and is assessed by your funding authority. Please visit Student Finance England (SFE) website pages for detailed information.

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

https://studentfinance.campaign.gov.uk/

Eligible Undergraduate students can apply for a tuition fee loan of up to £6,165 to cover the full cost of their annual tuition fees. A maintenance loan (for living costs) of up to £11,354 is also available. This can be used to pay for general living costs, accommodation, travel and other course related costs.

The simple online calculator (https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-calculator) will give you an accurate idea of what level of student funding you may be eligible for.

Part-time study
If you are a part-time student on a degree course you can apply for a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan. The maximum tuition fee loan you can get if you are a part-time student is £4,625 per year. The amount you get depends on the cost of your tuition fees. Your maintenance loan will be paid at pro-rata of full time study. The amount you get depends on your household income.

The tuition fee loan is paid directly to your university or college.

For more information and downloadable guides, visit the Direct Gov website
https://www.gov.uk/student-finance

Repaying loans
You will not start repaying your student loans for fees and living costs until you have finished studying and you are earning over £25,000 a year. For more information visit the Direct Gov website https:// www.gov.uk/repaying-your-student-loan

Other Sources of Funding
You do not have to apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company to fund your studies. Some students use private funding or employer sponsorship to pay for their course.

 

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Starting to Study - 4 [FdA 001]

Unit type:Core


Personal and Professional Development for the SEND Practitioner - 4 [FdA 002]

Unit type:Core


Introduction to SEND - 4 [FdA 003]

Unit type:Core


Introduction to Developmental Diversities - 4 [FdA 004]

Unit type:Core


Ethical Practice, Attitudes and Values - 4 [FdA 005]

Unit type:Core


Protecting Children and Young People with SEND - 4 [FdA 006]

Unit type:Core


Exploring Developmental Diversities - 5 [FdA 007]

Unit type:Core


Supporting Learners with SEND - 5 [FdA 008]

Unit type:Core


Action Research in the SEND Context - 5 [FdA 009]

Unit type:Core


Working with Parents, Carers Caregivers in the SEND context - 5 [FdA 010]

Unit type:Core


Mental Health and Wellbeing - 5 [FdA 011]

Unit type:Core


Introduction to Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties - 5 [FdA 012]

Unit type:Core


 

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