Taught course

Further Education (Special Educational Needs)

Sheffield Hallam University · Faculty of Development and Society

Entry requirements

Typically you need • a good degree or equivalent • level two (GCSE) or equivalent in English and mathematics* • experience in a special educational needs context, preferably in a post-16 or further education teaching environment, and a sound understanding of the context • in-service students must have evidence that they are already working as a teacher or tutor and will teach a minimum of 60 hours in each year of the course, and that their employer will provide a specialist mentor to support them • the skills and commitment to benefit from higher education If you already have a relevant qualification such as PTLLS or CTLLS you may be able to enter with prior credit, although you will need to complete all the specialist modules. We actively support widening participation and normally interview all applicants who demonstrate on application that they meet our entry criteria. * GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are • 12 level 2 credits from an access course • equivalency test from www.equivalencytesting.co.uk • functional skills English and functional skills maths If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in all skills or equivalent. For equivalents see our English language entry requirements. International and European entry qualifications If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Months of entry


Course content

Become a qualified teacher in special educational needs for the post-16 and further education, with bursaries of up to £9,000 available. The course maps to the national framework for post-16 and further education teaching qualifications and leads to QTLS status. You complete six modules and a minimum of 120 hours of lead teaching, either in your place of work or in a placement that we arrange for you.

Key points
• Suitable for graduates new to teaching or those already employed in the area.
• Enables you to apply for QTLS status, which is equivalent to QTS and suitable for work in schools and colleges.
• Complete at least 120 hours of lead teaching over one or two years, either in your workplace or on placement in a range of post-16, 14-19 and further education special educational needs settings.
• Apply for a bursary of £4000 or £9000 if you hold a first or upper second class degree.

Information for international students

Please visit our website at http://www.shu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to international students who study this course. Visit http://www.shu.ac.uk/international/scholarships-bursaries to find out more.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months months
part time
24 months months

Course contact details

Faculty of Development and Society
+44 (0)114 225 5555