Are you a non-graduate educational practitioner working with children and young people who have been identified as having a special educational need or disability? Are you working in settings such as education, health and social care? Would you like to develop a sound base of understanding and enhanced specialist knowledge in the area of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)? If so, our Foundation Degree in SEND is for you.
You will take a module to develop your study skills, engage in personal and professional development, and gain an introduction to SEND. You will explore developmental diversities, ethics, attitudes and values, and protecting children and young people with SEND. As you progress through the course, you will learn about working with parents, carers and caregivers, conduct action research in a SEND context, and study two optional modules.
This HEFCE-regulated course will be delivered at the Roundhouse Campus through a three-hour weekly session. The sessions will include lectures and student participation in group activities and presentations. You will be expected to undertake independent study for at least an additional 100% of contact time to research and fulfil module assignment requirements.
All students are required to be employed or volunteering for at least two days a week within an environment which is supporting children or young people who have been identified as having a special educational need or disability. This is an obligatory requirement for the duration of the three-year course.
The course will run with a minimum of six students. In 2015-16 we enrolled three students onto this new programme.
The foundation degree is taught by a small team of staff who have an array of experience with SEND and children and young people's services.
This three-year course is regulated by HEFCE and awarded by the University of Derby.
All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications, experience and any other related issues. You will need:
However, if you cannot evidence all of the entry criteria, we do consider all the information that you include in your application and we will want to see that you are enthusiastic and motivated to take this course and that you have the potential to benefit from university study.
International learners will need to demonstrate the minimum IELTS score identified for this course in English, in addition to having a successful interview. Please contact the College for more information.
All applicants are subject to approval from the University of Derby.
Modules may be subject to change and will be timetabled at the beginning of each academic year.
You will learn through reflective tasks, work-based activities, presentations, tutorials and the use of online resources. There are no exams so you will be assessed using your work-based activities, creative presentations and essays.
Everything you study will be relevant to your everyday work. You will also have the support of a work-based mentor as well as the tutors at College.
Taking children to see piglets and new-born lambs is all part of a day’s work for nursery practitioner Harli-Marie Richards. Having completed her childcare apprenticeship, Harli-Marie was taken on permanently by Derby College’s Little Explorers nursery at Broomfield Hall campus.
Before embarking on her apprenticeship, Harli-Marie took A-levels but had no interest in university. She spotted the nursery opportunity and hasn’t looked back since. She worked towards an advanced NVQ qualification while undertaking on-the-job training.
It’s a great job and I love the fact that the children are free to enjoy the outdoor space. Little Explorers is special and I can’t imagine any other nursery quite like ours. I definitely see my longterm career in nursery care – and I applied straight away when a permanent role became available at Little Explorers.