ES5004: Overcoming Barriers to Progress

ES5004: Overcoming Barriers to Progress

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Overcoming Barriers to Progress
Module Code ES5004
Module Tutor Sian Templeton
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

This module aims to raise students’ awareness and understanding of issues relating to disability and individual needs and to investigate ways to support progress and overcome barriers.

Indicative Syllabus

This module will cover the following topics:


notions and models of disability;

historical perspective of disability in Britain;

legislation and policy towards disability;

working with and supporting people with particular needs;

pros and cons of labelling and categorisation;

inclusion and inclusive practice.

Learning Outcomes

 A student passing this module should be able to:


1. Explain how notions of, and attitudes towards, disability are relational to time, context and culture;

2. Critically analyse policy towards disability;

3. Outline the arguments for and against inclusion;

4. Have a working knowledge and understanding of a range of impairments and conditions and be able to explain their potential impact;

5. Demonstrate an understanding of how best to support people with particular needs;

6. Demonstrate an awareness of support mechanisms available.


Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Exam: Seen, Closed Book: 1.50 hours
002: 50% Assignment: Individual: 2000 Words.
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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