Taught course

Primary Education: Inclusion with SEND

University of Cumbria · Faculty of Education

Entry requirements

Normally a first degree, or its equivalent with a minimum of 2:2 honours. Three GCSEs at minimum grade C/4 or above to include English language, mathematics and science (including biology, chemistry or physics). A satisfactory academic (university) reference AND a satisfactory professional reference if more than three years since academic study. The ability to discriminate key ideas and express arguments. All candidates must demonstrate professional suitability through interview and must obtain medical and enhanced DBS clearance according to established university procedures

Months of entry


Course content

Discover our PGCE General Primary course with a specialism in SEND and enable all children to be successful from the very start of their school life. This course prepares you to be an outstanding primary school teacher with additional skills that will allow you to become confident in creating an inclusive classroom. In addition, following this specialism can also be a step towards a career as a SENCo or a specialist SEND teacher.

This specialism allows you to explore ways in which all pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, can be included in classrooms and schools. You will learn through a combination of theory, an examination of current policy and practice, including the Children and Families Act (2014) and the SEND Code of Practice 0 to 25 (2015), combined with plenty of practical experience and input from experts in the SEND field. And, because our course has QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) built-in, you can apply for a position as a primary school teacher the minute you graduate.


  • Develop your personal interest through a specialist pathway.
  • Benefit from high-quality support from our academics and staff on a programme designed around you.
  • Learn from an experienced, highly qualified programme team, working at the forefront of the academic field.
  • Enjoy the intimate feel of our course delivery, with small class sizes and your own personal tutor.
  • Utilise cutting edge research on a newly revalidated and up-to-date course

The programme will focus on Inclusion/SEND; you will explore ways in which all pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, can be included in classrooms and schools. You will examine the concepts and ideas that underpin the Inclusion agenda within the political context of education in the UK. In particular, you will focus on the causes of marginalisation, and the reasons why a substantial number of pupils fail to achieve consistently or well within that system.

The main focus will be on SEND, through an examination of current policy and practice, including the Children and Families Act( 2014) and the SEND Code of Practice 0 to 25 (2015), the graduated response in schools, and multi-agency collaboration. You will consider the implications of the four areas of need identified in the Code of Practice, and how these influence and determine appropriate responses within classroom practice.


In order to achieve this interplay between theory and practice, you will have the opportunity to engage with a number of different elements on the programme. Firstly, you will study two 30-credit level 7 modules that contribute to the award of PGCE. These two modules are rooted in an academic study of your professional practice, and both of them allow you to identify an aspect of your own professional development that you would like to take further. This then forms the basis for the assessment of each module. To support your professional practice, and to provide you with the opportunity to be recommended for the award of QTS, you will have three placements in school. These will cover two age phases and will be in at least two different settings. While on placement, you will be supported by a mentor who will work with a member of staff from the university to support your professional development.

Year one

To support your professional learning, you will engage with modules designed to help develop your professional practice. These will cover the range of curriculum areas as well as key professional skills and attributes such as planning, behaviour management and professionalism. You will have the chance to work with subject experts. Another way in which the programme supports your understanding of the interplay between theory and practice is through the use of school embedded learning. This is characterised by time spent in schools when you are not on placement. It provides a highly valuable opportunity to learn from experienced class teachers and practitioners, to bring ideas 3 from your modules into school and to take examples from school back into your modules for discussion and reflection.

  • PGCE7003 Building Professional Understanding
  • PGCE7004 Enhancing Professional Practice
  • PGPC9130 Being a Teacher
  • PGPC9140 Learning Teaching and Subject Knowledge
  • PGPC1960 Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy
  • PGPC9070 Cumbria Teacher of Reading
  • PGPC9160 Beginning Professional Practice (Placement Module)
  • PGPC9170 Developing Professional Practice (Placement Module)
  • PGPC9180 Extending Professional Practice (Placement Module)

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCE
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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