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Education, Inclusion and Special Ed Needs BA (Hons)

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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 using a combination of qualifications to achieve the required UCAS tariff points, they must either include at least 2 A levels, a BTEC or an equivalent qualification.

      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 check.

    • This course is available with an integrated foundation year to help you prepare. A degree with an integrated foundation year starts your studies with a year spent learning the skills required to progress onto a full honours degree. You will develop valuable study skills, communication, team work and problem-solving techniques which help to build your confidence and prepare you for the rest of your course.

      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).

    • 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. Also please note – some courses require several years of relevant work experience.

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 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham X360 £9,250 £15,000
Sep 2023 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham X360 TBC TBC

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.

Two students laughing and looking at their work together

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.

Student teacher on placement teaching primary school child


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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