Inclusive Education (MA / MEd)

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Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Working with experienced education professionals, explore the policies and philosophies of inclusion in relation to special educational needs and wider inclusion groups. 

The course begins with a discussion about how the term ‘inclusion’ can be interpreted. You will explore policies and philosophies of inclusion in relation to both special educational needs and special provision, as well as theories of social justice and equality for all students.

We will consider how to evaluate and develop policy and practices in individual educational institutions, and analyse how far current educational contexts of performativity and highstakes accountability may affect developments in inclusionary thinking and practice.

Module Descriptions

  • Inclusive Education: Policy, Dimensions and Trends Critically consider a range of perspectives about mainstream, special and inclusive education
  • The Role of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator in the Mainstream School: Hone the practical skills required by special educational needs coordinator
  • A Supervised Dissertation: On a relevant topic of your choosing

Study style

Assessment is 100% by coursework

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • Or a relevant postgraduate or professional qualification
  • And/or appropriate work experience
  • EU and international students needs IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent


Fees - 2019/20 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £6500
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £14250

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.


  • Subject Leader/SENCo
  • Senior or middle leadership role with a responsibility for inclusion
  • Practitioners with a specific responsibility for inclusive pedagogy development throughout a school group
  • Teachers leaders and practitioners wanting to enhance their inclusive practice

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Staff Profile

Lynda Kay

The course is aimed at anybody who has to engage with learners, from teaching assistants to industry trainers. It is not just about formal lectures, it’s about discussions – we love the challenging conversations and seeing the students using their increased skills and confidence to really help their learners.

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Understand theories and practices

Gain a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of theories and practices of inclusion.

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Learn about policy development and implementation

Gain a thorough knowledge of perspectives on inclusionary policy development and analysis of implementation issues.

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Suitable for all teachers

The programme is suitable for serving teachers at all career stages and from all sectors of education.