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Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies (Honours), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Plymouth, United Kingdom
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies (Honours) course offered by Plymouth Marjon University has been designed by both academics and professionals working in disability and Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) contexts.
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Course Overview

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies (Honours) degree offered by Plymouth Marjon University is for those who have an interest in Special Educational Needs and Disability and would like to work with children, young people and/or adults who have special educational needs or are disabled, and their families and carers.

You will experience placements alongside taught modules, enabling theory to be put into practice. Sessions are delivered by professional practitioners to ensure that the degree remains up-to-date and relevant, as well as inspiring our students around potential careers and future research. We'll encourage you explore disability policy and practice with critical reflection and curiosity.

Why this course at Marjon?

  • We pride ourselves on providing student led learning in small groups.
  • The course provides opportunity to learn alongside exceptional academics.
  • Our course is research informed meaning that we deliver cutting edge knowledge.
  • Study inclusion and integration from different standpoints, for example a sociological vs educational standpoints, or medical vs social model of disability.
  • Work with many partners, for example working with children going through grief, SENDCOs, and people working with adults with learning disabilities.
  • Opportunities to build your employment profile through placements.

Perfect if you're curious about:

  • How can I support a child's wellbeing?
  • How does the Paralympics help or hinder the disability movement?
  • Were the Maltesers ads helpful or not? What should other brands do around inclusion?
  • Do schools cause mental health problems or support them?
  • What can I do to support parents?
  • How does changing government policy impact on disabled people’s everyday life?
  • How does provision vary according to geographical location?

What might you become?

Work in charities, healthcare and education settings; promoting equality and access; managing a care service. Many of our SEN graduates have continued in higher education commencing teacher training, training to become a social worker, a speech and language therapist and into other health professions.

The programme also prepares students for a route into teaching via PGCE and Schools Direct in mainstream and/or special schools and other educational settings or for other postgraduate training courses.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Engaging with Learning
  • Introduction to psychology
  • Introduction to Disability Studies
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • SEN Concepts and Contexts

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Admission requirements

  • Applicants must have three A-levels at grades CCD or above, BTEC triple grades MMP or above, or Access 3-36 D/M with min 3D and GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Plymouth

  • 731 - 1390 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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