Taught course

Education - SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)

Oxford Brookes University · School of Education

Entry requirements

This MA course attracts students from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities, normally graduates with a recognised teaching qualification, or other educational professional experience.

Applicants normally have:

  • a good honours degree
  • QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), other equivalent professional qualification or relevant experience

Entry with credit

Credit for the award can be made up of appropriate work completed outside the course, for example, M level credit from PGCE awards or Postgraduate Certificate courses in relevant subject areas.

Subject to these having been gained in the last five years, applicants may transfer in credits gained from:

Please contact pgeducation@brookes.ac.uk for more information.

English language requirements

IELTS level 6.5 or above with a minimum of 6.0 in reading and writing and 5.5 in speaking and listening.

Months of entry


Course content

Explore the practices, pedagogies and policies in SEND today - and create truly inclusive learning spaces. On this course, you’ll examine how educational policy and practices impact children with additional and varied needs. You’ll explore the latest theory and research on inclusion. You’ll examine data and scrutinise policy. And you’ll explore topics like:
  • emotional development & attachment
  • social, emotional and mental health needs
  • speech, language and communication needs
  • more complex learner profiles
You’ll develop an authoritative understanding of evidence-informed practices that can support children with additional and varied needs. And you’ll know how, when and where to use them. You’ll gain new insights into your own practice or organisational culture. And you’ll be able to confidently create learning environments where all children can experience care, belonging and success.

You’ll graduate ready to effect change - in your individual practice, across your school, or through research.

Information for international students

International applications

International students hold a conditional offer until payment of a deposit of £3,000 is received.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,400 (Full Time) £935 per single module (Distance Learning)
International students
£15,800 (Full Time) £1,760 per single module (International Distance Learning)

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0) 1865 484848