Education with Special and Inclusive Needs - Liverpool John Moores University

Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability *Subject to Validation

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: 
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £35 per credit
International full time annual tuition fee: 

Course type





School of Education

Study mode

Part Time (3 years)

About your course

Develop reflective professional practice in the area of inclusion, special educational needs and disability.

  • Share and develop best practice with other professionals across a range of educational settings and phases
  • Benefit from a dynamic learning environment which encourages you to use theory to reflect on and develop best practice
  • Benefit from a flexible approach which enables you to fit study around your other commitments

The most rewarding aspect of my role is seeing students develop their competence, confidence and enjoyment in using literature and research to really reflect deeply on their practice and bring about real, positive change for their learners.

​​Carmel Arnold

Why study this course at LJMU?

This is a new programme designed to make masters level study highly relevant to your current and future professional needs in the field of Special Educational Needs and Disability. Assessment is linked directly to practice. The blended learning approach means that taught sessions are supported by online resources, workshops and individual support.

The programme is closely linked to professional practice needs. It i s designed  to support effective practice in the classroom and to develop your professional practice through an inquiry-based approach.

​​Flexibility is at the heart of course delivery, enabling you to fit your learning around your work commitments. The programme focuses on enhancing practice and attracts professionals from across the educational sector. This results in a dynamic learning environment for all, enabling students to learn from each other through the sharing of professional experiences.​

Programme outline and structure

This is a part-time course. Sessions are delivered as twilights during the week, at the end of the working day. The programme is delivered via workshops, online, face to face taught sessions and tutorials.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study. There may be some changes before you start your course.

3 core modules, 20 credits each
2 optional modules, 20 credits eachYEAR TWO
1 core modules, 20 credits

1 core modules, 60 credits

How will I be assessed?

The programme's blended learning approach ensures you can usually study at a time to suit you. A wide range of teaching methods are used to facilitate learning.  These include lectures, seminars, groupwork, discussion and problem-based learning.  

​Assessment methods on this course include: individual and group work tasks, presentations, essays, reports, critical reflection on professional practice accounts, action research reports and dissertations and other appropriate activities.

​All assessments are closely linked to school and college-based practice. There is a strong emphasis on the application of ideas developed in the context of your own classroom, school or setting.

Staff research interests

Programme Leader: Carmel Arnold
Having originally trained and worked in the secondary sector, Carmel moved to the further education sector where she managed provision for adults with literacy difficulties. She then managed a project for the British Dyslexia Association in Liverpool. She has been employed at LJMU for 14 years where she teaches across a range of SEN programmes and courses including the National SENCo Award which is delivered in conjunction with School Improvement Liverpool.


Entry requirements (Home)

​Normally minimum 2.2, relevant professional experience and current employment in the field of education.

Applicants with existing and current qualifications may be able to bring credits into the programme via RPL or RPEL.  Please contact the Programme Leader for further information.

Applications are considered by Carmel Arnold, Programme Leader.  Please email Carmel Arnold for further information.

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

International study

Please note: this programme is not suitable for students who require a Tier 4 visa. Due to immigration requirements, Tier 4 international students must study on a full-time basis.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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