Taught course

Special Educational Needs and Inclusion

University of Northampton · School of Education

Entry requirements

An honours degree from a UK institution or equivalent. Some modules require Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Early Years Professional Status (EYPS). This has been superseded from September 2013 by the Early Years Teacher status. Students or teachers who have gained credits at M Level 7 from Northampton or from other universities can apply to use these towards the MA in SEN and Inclusion if they can demonstrate that their studies have been in the field. Students who have achieved the National Award for SEN Coordination or the Level 7 OCR Diploma in teaching and assessing learners with dyslexia in the last 5 years can use their 60 credits towards the Master’s Degree. Applicants who have recent professional experience of three years or more will be positively considered. If this is not the case the applicant will be interviewed and must demonstrate suitability for the course by providing evidence of significant professional engagement in children's services at graduate level or equivalent. The evidence will be in the form of a compendium or portfolio which sets out details of their specific responsibilities relating to their work with children and young people.

Months of entry

January, September, June, February

Course content

his programme is designed for anyone wishing to develop their knowledge and understanding of issues relating to special educational needs and inclusion at Master’s level, including practitioners working with children, young people and adults in a range of different contexts. However, some modules may require people to be working in practice. We can also offer bespoke training packages for a variety of settings

All the modules are 30 CATs points each, apart from the final Dissertation which is 60 CATs points and is a compulsory module for those aiming for a MA award.

Students can choose from a range of optional modules which provide an opportunity to critically reflect on debates and controversies surrounding the development of inclusive practice in a variety of settings and contexts, national and international and in relation to various individual needs.

Course modules (16/17):

Promoting Inclusive Practice - Core module N

This module will consider the theoretical and philosophical origins of the inclusion movement. Students will have an op… More

Understanding Dyslexia: Identification, Curriculum & Teaching - Core module N

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders - Core module N

Perspectives on Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties - Core module N

Pupils with Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties 1 and 2 - Core module N

Key Concepts in Inclusion and Diversity - Core module N

Leadership and Management in BESD - Core module N

Understanding Multi-Sensory Impairment - Core module N

Physical Disabilities: Contexts and Interventions - Core module N

Physical Disabilities: Curriculum Issues - Core module N

Evaluating Approaches for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum - Core module N

Organisational based Project - Core module N

Research Methods - Core module N

Speech, Language and Communication needs - Core module N

Theoretical Perspectives on SpLD (Dyslexia) where are we now? - Core module N

The National Award for SEN Coordination 1 and 2 - Core module N

Autism in the Early Years - Core module N

Using Standardised Assessments in Educational Settings: Theory and Practice - Core module N

Understanding Challenging Behaviour in People with Autism and/or Learning Disabilities - Core module N

Promoting EAL Practice (English Additional Learning and Bilingualism in Education) - Core module N

Research Thesis - Core module N

Dissertation - Core module N

Students studying for a MA will have to complete a compulsory research project, either the Dissertation on its own, or a Research Thesis and the Research Methods module together.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

01604 735500
01604 713029