Why study Education and Special Educational Needs at Liverpool John Moores University?
- Opens up careers in a wide range of areas such as social care, teaching, health and social work
- Broad range of placements opportunities with local schools and links to special needs providers
- Lecturers are passionate about inclusion and this is reflected within the sessions
- Guest speakers deliver sessions from a wide range of relevant professions
- You will be taught in the new Education Building based in the University's Mount Pleasant campus
About your course
Do you want to support people with a range of special educational needs and disabilities throughout their learning journey? This unique degree will develop your critical understanding of education and inclusive practice, leading to a diverse range of careers. We're a team of passionate and experienced lecturers who use research, practice and community links to shape your learning.
Additional course costs
There are no costs for off site day trips embedded into Core and Option modules. Optional international placements will have a cost attached.
Working with people who have disabilities or special educational needs is both challenging and rewarding. It requires an open mind and a flexible approach so that you are able to discard preconceived ideas and embrace alternative views and new ways of working.
Through multidisciplinary enquiry, the course examines the socio-political and historical context that has often marginalised people within particular communities and pockets of society in general. The course engages with topical and controversial issues relating to disability and special needs such as: representation, access to learning, education, employment and health, end of life issues, embryo selection and euthanasia and considers specific needs such as dyslexia, ADHD, language and communication difficulties.
Throughout the course, there is a constant emphasis on the link between theory and practice, in order for students to become critically informed and reflective practitioners.
The course brings together all aspects of education such as the effects of poverty and social exclusion, and curriculum development. Lying at the heart of this course are the needs and rights of children, and your moral and professional role in working with them.
The course explores education in its broadest sense and draws on aspects of sociology, history, politics, psychology and philosophy to provide an understanding of current educational thinking and practice. In your second year of study there is an extended work placement, so that you can gain the experience and practice you need before embarking on further study or a career.
The course gives you enormous scope to tailor your studies to your own interests through optional modules, research and work-related practice.
Please note: Mature applicants with sufficient relevant experience may be invited to attend an interview.
"This course is really inspiring for anyone looking to gain a greater knowledge of Special and Additional Needs Education, with many great opportunities and a lovely team of lectures that support you throughout your studies at LJMU. The modules such as 'Supporting the Family' and 'Inclusion for All' were two of my favourites, as you have a chance to listen to stories from professionals and parents working or caring for children with SEN, as well as learning in depth about a range of different needs and the best ways to support them."
We have links with local organisations and schools who provide a range of interesting work placements, including Sure Start Centres, International Schools, Children and Adult Mental Health Services and bereavement support organisations.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students
The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.
Completing this BA (Hons) degree in Education and Special Educational Needs will enable you to follow a range of rewarding career paths.
This course is ideal if you want to pursue professional qualifications as a teacher (following a PGCE/PGDE course), special educational needs coordinator or inclusion support coordinator, behaviour support worker or learning mentor. If you prefer to work in the social care and health field, you might want to consider a career as a disability inclusion officer, local authority disability coordinator or disability support worker. With further training, you may wish to pursue a career as a counsellor within a range of differing settings. Alternatively, your degree could lead to a career in community or charitable organisations.
Following the completion of this first degree, many of our students choose to continue their studies at Masters and Doctorate level.
Postgraduate Teacher Training
LJMU graduates who meet the entry criteria are guaranteed an interview for your chosen PGDE course.
Our PGDEs carry Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), so after successfully completing the one-year course, you will be qualified to teach the age range of students covered in your programme.
As well as our Core PGDE courses, we also offer School Direct programmes with our partner schools across the North West.
You can learn more about our postgraduate teacher training courses at ljmu.ac.uk/teach.
Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service
We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.
Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.
A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.
Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.
Applicant key information
Course review and revalidation.
This course is currently undergoing its scheduled programme review, which may impact the advertised modules. Programme review is a standard part of the University’s approach to quality assurance and enhancement, enabling us to ensure that our courses remain up to date and maintain their high standard and relevancy.
Once the review is completed, this course website page will be updated to reflect any approved changes to the advertised course. These approved changes will also be communicated to those who apply for the course to ensure they wish to proceed with their application.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Further guidance on modules
Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.
Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:Programme specification document (PDF)
Learners and Learning in Contemporary Society
This module is designed to introduce you to key concepts in the psychology of education, particularly as they relate to learning. In addition, it offers you the opportunity to explore how changes in culture and society have impacted on the nature of learning. The module is one of three modules at Level 4 introducing you to key concepts in the four disciplines of history, sociology, psychology and philosophy of education.
Education and Society
This module introduces you to key concepts in the philosophy and sociology of education, as applied to issues in the relationship between education and society. It is one of three modules at Level 4 designed to provide you with a good grounding in the four disciplines of the history, philosophy, sociology and psychology of education.
Snapshots of Education
This module introduces you to key developments in education. A range of historical sources and sociological research in education are drawn upon which will enable you to develop a conceptual understanding of developments in education. A chronological case approach will be taken to show how key influences, ideas and individuals shape education, reform and change. The lectures take into account key political, social and economic influences which have impacted upon education in various ways and at different historical moments.
Introducing Special and Inclusive Needs
This module enables you to explore and build your understanding of key concepts and issues relating to your personal motivation to the study and practice of inclusion and disability. It will develop and enhance the skills necessary for undertaking independent learning and study in higher education. It will also include opportunities for the development of research/researcher knowledge and skills, and introduces issues relating to disability, special educational needs and inclusion.
What is Disability?
This module is key in terms of introducing you to issues regarding disability. It sets the context for all other modules within this pathway. It not only introduces you to contentious debates but promotes a climate of critical discussion and reflection through group tasks and guided reading. The module will focus upon models of disability, with an emphasis on the social model of disability rather than the medical model. Attention will be paid to barriers often faced by disabled people, as well as legislation and policy that aims to support people with disabilities.
Special Educational Needs and Inclusion
The module aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the differing educational provision for people with special educational needs/disabilities and the role of the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO).
Research Approaches and Methods
This module aims to prepare you for future dissertation research. It enables you to practice planning a research project which you may choose to undertake at Level 6.
Schools and the Curriculum
This module enables you to learn about schools, the remit and role of the teachers, and key issues in contemporary compulsory education. Learning activities will allow you to apply your knowledge and skills in the study of education to contemporary issues in schools, including those relating to the curriculum, learning and teaching, and the controversial issues surrounding schools and society.
Disability and Identity
This module aims to develop your awareness and knowledge of the dynamic and changing relationship of identity and disability over the life course. Many contentious, topical, and ethical considerations will be debated and critically discussed.
Comparative and International Education
In this module you will explore how the processes of globalisation and internationalisation impact on the national and international provision of education. This module further examines the educational implications induced by global social, political and economic factors.
Education, Equality and Social Justice
This module enables you to examine the development of the concept of ethics and justice. You will learn to critically evaluate the dynamic relationship between education, social justice and equality.
Contemporary Issues for Young People
This module provides you with an introduction to the nature and importance of the concept of youth. You will develop a critical understanding of the nature, causes and effects of problems, issues and concerns experienced by young people, alongside analysing the role of government legislation and initiatives in dealing with the issues faced by young people.
This international Work Related Learning (WRL) opportunity offers you the chance to experience different cultures and practices in relevant international settings. It facilitates current and future employment opportunities. You will be provided with the opportunity to undertake a work placement in an international setting relevant to your future career choice. The module will build upon your PDP and provide opportunities for you to reflect upon your own development and future work related targets.
Project Design and Implementation in Education
Working in a real-world setting is essential to give reality and relevance to studies. It facilitates current and future employment opportunities. This module provides you with the opportunity to develop your organisational awareness and, for those who have previously completed the World of Work Bronze, to complete the World of Work Silver. A significant part of the module will involve the delivery of a self-negotiated project which is relevant within the field of education.
Developing Employability Skills Through Work Based Learning
In this module you will be provided with the opportunity to undertake a work placement in a specific setting relevant to your future career choice. The module will build upon your PDP and provide opportunities for you to reflect upon your own development and future work related targets.
Supporting the Individual and the Family
This module aims to develop your understanding of the impact of disability upon families where a member has a disability or life limiting condition. You will explore the roles and responsibilities of a range of professionals who work with and support individuals and families.
Picturing Disability: from Print to Screen
The aim of the module is to enable you to explore the representations of disability and the participation of people with disabilities within popular culture including the arts, literature, film and media.
Creativity and Discovery Learning in the Early Years
This module enables you to explore practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of creativity and how it can be supported in the Early Years. In this module there are opportunities for offsite workshops which support and enrich learning (these opportunities are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed).
This module allows you to research a topic of your choice, which relates to your programme of study, using a range of data sources and appropriate research methods. Your research will be supported through introductory lectures followed with workshops for group work and practical activities. You will be allocated a supervisor who will meet with you over the research period. Online materials will also be available to guide and support independent study.
Inclusion for All: Supporting a Range of Needs
This module aims to develop your critical understanding of the support available for people with a range of disabilities and additional needs.
Gender and Ethnicity in Education
This module provides you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to evaluate the impact of gender and ethnicity on educational processes and outcomes. You will also explore key theories and debates as to how gender and ethnicity intersect in relation to educational experiences and outcomes.
Education and Technology
This module will provide you with a critical perspective of the role technologies play in educational settings. You will use, examine and evaluate a range of technologies and conduct a review and analysis of educational issues raised by technology use. The module enables you to develop an awareness and understanding of the implications of technology use in current educational practices and the future of education itself.
Working Therapeutically within Early Childhood
This module aims to provide you with a knowledge and understanding of therapeutic practice with children and their carers in the UK. You will develop the ability to critically analyse what reflective practitioners offer therapeutically, in a variety of contexts, appropriate to the needs of children, their carers, organisations and society. We will also discuss therapeutic theory and practice for working within early childhood.
Adult Education and Lifelong Learning
This module allows you to consider educational advancement and professional development beyond the university. It will broaden your understanding of educational opportunities and provisions for adults. You will learn to understand lifelong learning through the integration of knowledge of adult learning theories, methods, approaches and issues. This module will facilitate learning through the application of key philosophies, theories and concepts in adult education and lifelong learning.
Parents and Schools
This module introduces you to the crucial importance of working effectively with parents, and potential barriers to effective parent-practitioner relationships according to social class, gender, ethnicity and special educational needs. The module will enable you to develop a conceptual understanding of key developments relating to home-school collaboration, and how to develop the engagement of parents that you meet as future practitioners. The module will also consider controversy surrounding 'problem' parents and intervention from the state, as well as relevant strategies (used in the classroom and beyond) which may develop parental involvement and home-school collaboration.
This module will develop your understanding of radical theories of education and some of the key radical educational philosophers (e.g. Illich, Friere and A.S.Neill). It will also consider how such theories of education are developed both within and outside mainstream educational practice.
Education in Fiction, Film and the Media
This module provides you with the opportunity to explore how education has been represented in fiction, film and the media. The module will broaden your understanding of how cultural representations of education impact on educational thought and practice. It offers you the opportunity to explore one of several more specialist areas in the study of education at Level 6.
Informal and Non-Formal Education
This module introduces you to alternative educational environments that you may choose to access and contribute to in your voluntary or paid work. It also adds to your understanding of the breadth of settings in which learning and education take place. It engages with radical theories in education and approaches the field from more of a contextual perspective.
Supporting Vulnerable Children and Young People in Education
This module develops your understanding and knowledge of the issues and potential consequences vulnerable children and young people may experience in education. You will be given the opportunity to explore and critically evaluate a range of Government and multi-agency strategies implemented to support vulnerable children and young people in education.
International Perspectives on Disability and Inclusion
This module aims to develop your understanding of the varying meanings and experiences of disability and impairment globally. You will critically explore international comparative frameworks of inclusion. It also enables you to assess the role that global forces have played in shaping these perspectives and understandings of disability, especially in relation to key inclusive educational policy and legislation.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
This module aims to develop your understanding of the issues and factors that impact upon the mental health and well-being of individuals.
Teaching and work-related learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources
We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.
To fully support your learning experience, this course has a number of guest speakers from a wide range of organisations who come in to talk about their role and that of the organisation e.g. Portage, Children and adult mental health Services, bereavement counsellors from a children's hospital and a children's hospice.
The programme aims to provide a good set of work-related experiences for you that will enhance your career options. In the second year (Level 5) the programme provides the opportunity to undertake a four week block placement or project at the start of the second semester within a wide range of organisations.
There is also an opportunity to get an international perspective on your future career through work experience abroad.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support
You will be assigned a personal tutor who will help and support you to become an independent and autonomous learner as you progress through your course. This kind of one-to-one support is particularly useful for discussing course-related issues or concerns you may have during your studies.
Library Services teams also offer a fantastic range of support and guidance services, including online help guides, online chat facility and on-site help.
Our dedicated Student Advice and Wellbeing (SAW) team provide a wide range of services including accommodation advice, disability support, counselling and money matters.
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.
A wide range of assessments are used throughout the three years of study. These include presentations either individually or as part of a group. Some modules within the course use poster presentations as part of the assessment. Students may be required to compile a portfolio of differing forms of assessment. Artefacts and essays are also part of the assessment range.
Your marks and feedback will be available within 15 working days of submitting a piece of work. That’s because we believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to develop further.
Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning
Dr Karen Broomhead
Karen is Joint Programme Leader (with Dr Mia Smith). She is also the Disability Co-ordinator for the School of Education. Karen predominantly teaches on Education Studies modules, as well as those related to the Education Studies and Inclusion programme. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, after completing the PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at LJMU in 2014. She is also a PhD supervisor. Karen completed her PhD at Lancaster University in 2013, which was funded by a studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Her PhD thesis focused on the home-school relationships between parents of children with Special Educational Needs (particularly those with Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties) and educational practitioners.
Karen has over ten years experience of supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) within schools and the community, having worked previously as a Support Worker for children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Inclusion Support Worker, Summer School Officer and Teaching Assistant
What you can expect from your School
Soon to be based in the new Education Building in the heart of the Mount Pleasant campus, the School of Education features a wide range of cutting-edge facilities, including a pedagogy room, lecture rooms, computing facilities and a nearby Forest School for outdoor learning. Students also benefit from independent study spaces, a close-by cafeteria and library, and access to student welfare and support.
Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements
Minimum points required from qualifications: 104
GCSE and equivalents
Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:
- Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
- NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
- Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
- Higher Diploma in Maths/English
- Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
- Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Average A Level offer: BCC
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
- National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DMM is required if no other level 3 qualifications are taken
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: 104 UCAS Tariff points
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 104 UCAS Tariff points
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 104 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
Alternative qualifications considered
Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to complete a written task and/or attend a meeting with a course tutor, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.
International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.
Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.
No interview required (UCAS application form only)IELTS
6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English language proficiency test.International entry requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
A DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly CRB) will be required after you start the course for placements that involve working with children and/or vulnerable adults.
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.
Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.
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