Where will this course lead?

The course is designed for students who want to specialise in a career working with Children, Young People and Adults with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. The top up will also meet a government priority to help deliver the strategies and policies of the 2014/5 Children and Families Act which identifies the need for teachers, classroom assistants, support workers and others working in various settings to specialise in SEN to ensure change can happen.

What will I study?

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Semester delivered



Working and supporting children and young people with SEND and their families, in a variety of settings.




Creating inclusive learning environments and resources.




Safeguarding and Advocacy in the context of SEND




Leadership and Management





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We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated, please contact us for the latest information.

How will this course be delivered?

This Top Up course is delivered as a full time programme, over one academic year. You will need to be at college 1 day per week from 12.00 - 9.00 pm. Study skills and tutorial sessions are scheduled. You will also be required to access online learning materials.

What qualifications will I get?

BA Hons In Special Educational Needs, Disability And Inclusive Practice Top Up (Newman University)

How will I be assessed?

The course is delivered through lectures, seminars, presentations, tutorials and group work. There are no exams; all assessment is via assignments which will include essays, presentations, practical activities, reflective diary, SEND and Inclusive practice and a dissertation.

Teaching and Learning strategies will encourage students to:

Engage in new areas of knowledge;

Broaden and deepen their existing knowledge, understanding and skills;

Engage in critical analysis of texts, theories and practices and to test students' analysis against received understandings and practices;

Question concepts, theories, policies and practice encountered during their studies;

Interrogate the assumptions underpinning theory and research in order to come to an understanding of the significance and limitations of theory and research;

Engage in critical reflection of their own and others' value systems, development and practices

How do I get a place on the course?

In order to gain a place on this course, applicants must meet the entry criteria and attend a formal interview.  All are to be submitted via UCAS using the following codes:

INSTITUTION CODE: S26 (Solihull College & University Centre) or add Partner institution codes if applicable


CAMPUS: Blossomfield/Woodlands Campus (Main Site)

In order to gain a place on this course, applicants must meet the entry criteria and attend a formal interview. All applications are to be submitted via the college website www.solihull.ac.uk/apply

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too. https://www.solihull.ac.uk/uni-level-learner/student-services

What are the entry requirements?

A Foundation Degree awarded upon successfully gaining 240 credits and a 55% grade average in Year 2. Or, a Higher National Diploma, successfully gaining 240 credits with Merit Profile at level 5.

Applicants whose first language is not English, must also demonstrate that their level of English is acceptable by successfully completing a recognised test, to demonstrate capability in English at a standard commensurate to IELTS 6.0. English and Maths GCSE Grade C/4 (level 2 equivalents are considered but not acceptable for progression to Early Years Teacher or QTS. Students will also require a Science GCSE at grade C/4 or above to progress to Teacher Training).

You will need to obtain a Disclosure Barring Service Check (DBS) and provide evidence of suitable employment or a work placement following your successful interview.

What else do I need to know?

You should be working with children and young people aged 0 to 25 years with SEND condition for 10 hours per week for the duration of the course.

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College and University Centre are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering given programme are appropriately qualified, and where appropriate, possess relevant vocational experience and professional practice.

This course is a full time program and you will be expected to attend 1 day per week between the hours of 09:00-18:00, timetables will be issued to successful applicants at induction and enrolment in September of the current Academic year.

If you are applying for financial help from Student Finance England then you should do this as soon as possible to ensure your funding is in place for the start of your course.  https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/overview

If you need support in your application to Student Finance England, Solihull College & University Centre will be able to offer this.


You may need to cover travel costs to work placements. There may be additional costs for relevant field trips and equipment such as text books, as well as costs for printing resources and photocopying as necessary.  Additional resources required to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme are provided by the College and University Centre

Info about finance bursaries etc. - https://www.solihull.ac.uk/uni-level-learner/student-services/

Please read our full terms and conditions https://www.solihull.ac.uk/uni-level-learner/policies-and-applicant-information

Please note that when you enrol you are accepting that the course content and module descriptions are accurate at the time of publishing and that the course content as described is based on what is possible to deliver under the government advice and social distancing rules at that particular time. In the event of changes made to those rules, by national or local government, the College may need to make further alterations to the published course content. By enrolling with the College, you will be confirming that you are content to proceed with the course as detailed at that time and on the basis that the programme may be subject to reasonable change.

What can I do after this course?



Supervisory and management roles within SEND settings.


Blossomfield Campus

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Full Time