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Education, Inclusion and Special Ed Needs BA (Hons)

University of Gloucestershire

What is Education, Inclusion and Special Ed Needs BA (Hons)?

While you work towards this qualification, you’ll develop a broad understanding and awareness of the issues, concepts, ideas and theories that relate to education. We’ll work with you to identify your own interests in the field of inclusion and special education – supporting you to work towards your own personal career goals.

You’ll explore a range of inclusion and special educational needs issues, including specific profiles like ASD, attachment, ADHD, mental health and dyslexia. You’ll also develop your own personal values and philosophies, while debating the opportunities and challenges for inclusion.

Study style

Lectures are interactive with plenty of discussion – which is often built upon group tasks, case studies and scenarios. You’ll be encouraged to develop your own perspective on inclusion and special educational needs, as well as broader educational issues linked to social justice and sustainability.

You’ll make links between theory and practice both within the taught content and assignments, and while you’re on placement.

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Entry requirements

    • 96 UCAS tariff points, CCC at A levels, MMM at BTEC or a Merit in your T-Level.

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • In order to study this course, offer holders will need to complete a satisfactory DBS and Health Clearance check.

    • This course is available with an additional integrated foundation year. This four year option has lower entry requirements – see below – than the other study type/s available.

      Typical offers
      48 UCAS tariff points, DD at A levels, PPP at BTEC or a Pass in your T Level.

      Grade C/4 in English Language/Literature and Mathematics, or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Functional Skills).

      To apply for the integrated foundation year degree, select the ‘With foundation year’ option from the study types listed at the top of this page before clicking ‘Apply’.

      See course overview for more information about the interated foundation year option.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2023 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham X360 £9,250 £15,450
Sep 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham X360 £9,250 TBC
Sep 2025 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham X360 TBC TBC

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Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Special Educational Needs Teacher
  • Special Educational Needs Advisor
  • Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo)
  • Community Education Officer
  • Education Consultant
  • Learning Mentor
  • Educational Psychologist.

Industry links

You’ll have the opportunity to visit and work in a range of educational settings. We have a variety of links with local education providers – including special schools and children’s centres. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake placements in assessment centres, further education colleges, EAL/EFL/ESOL contexts, youth centres and pastoral support.

Develop professional skills

There’s a strong psychology thread running throughout the programme, where we’ll look for theories and ideas to help us understand and work with others.

Gain real-world experience

You’ll be offered the option to engage in work placements in your second and third year, and take part in an optional placement year after year 2.


You’ll have a variety of placement opportunities with the opportunity to enhance your CV, explore the variety of employment options within the field of Special Educational Needs, and gain relevant and practical first-hand experience.

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