About the course

If you already hold a Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies with SEN, this programme offers you the opportunity to top-up to a full honours degree with SEN specialism On successful completion of the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies (SEN Specialism), students will be able to apply/demonstrate:

  • A conceptual understanding and detailed knowledge that enables students to devise and sustain arguments, and solve problems using principles, practices and techniques from the fields of special educational needs;
  • Present, evaluate, and interpret qualitative and quantitative data, develop lines of argument and make sound judgements in accordance with central theories and concepts in special educational needs.

How to apply

  • UCAS Code X324
  • You must apply for this course via www.ucas.com
  • The Institution code for Canterbury Christ Church University is C10

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Entry requirements

  • GCSEs - grades A* - C / 9 - 4 in English and maths
  • 240 credits gained from studying on a relevant foundation degree
  • Enhanced DBS clearance
  • 15 hours per week employment or voluntary work in a child or young people's setting.

If you do not have the above UCAS/GCSE requirements but you are a mature student, have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed and still considered on case to case basis.

Additional entry requirements

  • You should have national level 2 qualifications in English and maths (equivalent to GCSE grades A*-C) and a level 3 qualification (A Level or BTEC).
  • In addition to the above qualifications, you will need to be working in a school or relevant educational setting for 15 hours per week or more and have the support of your head teacher or manager.
  • Enhanced DBS clearance
  • If you do not have the relevant qualifications, you can attend an orientation course at Canterbury Christ Church University before beginning your foundation degree
  • You may need to have GCSE Maths at A*-C or a level 2 equivalent for further study or employment and so we recommend you take one of this alongside the course if you cannot evidence it already

What you will study

You will study a variety of areas relevant to the support and development of children and young people with a focus on work-related methods. You will be able to critically reflect and analyse these issues from an academic perspective whilst relating to and evaluating these against your work-based professional practice.

You will follow a pathway of 120 credits (Level 6) which builds on your previous 240 credits (at Levels 4 and 5) gained from your Foundation Degree course or equivalent. As well as studying at university, you should be working in a child-related role (paid or voluntary) for a minimum of 15 hours per week.


    The BA (Hons) Childhood Studies with SEN programme consists of one level of study; Level 6 (Year3). 

    Work-based enquiry methods (20 Credits)

    You will be able to engage in practical work-based research methodology and critically evaluate the methods of enquiry related to 'practioner research'. You will be focussed in exploring your role in a variety of pratitioner-researcher ethical conundrums.

    You will use critical reflection to evaluate different enquiry methodologies and the role and purpose of work-based enquiry. 

    Assessed by a portfolio evaluation of practical, work-based research techniques (4000 words)

    SEN, Disability and Inclusion (20 Credits)

    The aim of the module is to enhance your knowledge and critical reflection, through engagement with historical and current international and national legislation and guidance.  

    Utilising a variety of sources of evidence, you will challenge your personal views of important issues related to SEN, disability and inclusion and link policy to practice. A critically reflective approach to current legislation and trends will be encouraged to further explore your own core ideas, beliefs and values. Disability Rights literature will be specifically explored examining the shifting of perspectives of disability, alongside that of special educational needs and inclusion. 

    Assessed by a critical analysis of a contemporary issue relation to SEN/inclusion in the workplace (4000 words)

    Developing Effective Inter-professional Practice (20 Credits)

    The aim of the module is to explore how agencies and professionals work with each other to support children with special educational needs. It will enable you to gain confidence in discussing these issues and to begin to analyse and evaluate the skills that are used in working with a variety of agencies, parents/carers and voluntary groups, as well as a range of professionals including those from health, social care and education.  

    Assessed by a case study focussing on an area of interest covered during the module (4000 words)

    Effective Classroom Practice for Pupils with SEN (20 Credits)

    The aim of the module is to explore, define and critically evaluate the features of effective classroom practice for pupils with specific learning difficulties (SpLD).  

    You will examine how quality first teaching interventions, including the consideration of factors such as the environment, differentiation, and the effective use of resources and educators, can help provide a positive learning environment for pupils with a SpLD in all educational settings. The roles and responsibilities of different professionals working within schools will also be explored, with specific consideration of how each supports and enhances the engagement of pupils / students in learning. The module will also utilise established frameworks, legislation and guidance to provide the students with strategies and understanding about effective methods of working with pupils with greater levels of need.

    Assessed by producing a plan for the workplace to support a child/young person with SEN and an academic rationale of the plan (2 x 2000 words)

    Independent Enquiry (40 Credits)

    This module enables you to build upon your experiences of developing and evaluating work-based tasks and requires you to apply the principles and methods used in work-based enquiry to support you in planning and carrying out a small-scale independent enquiry.  You will need to conduct a critical literature review, justify an appropriate methodology for the enquiry and critically evaluate date including taking into account ethical considerations.

    Assessed by completion of an independent enquiry report (8000 words)



    You will engage with formative assessment tasks during the module that include group work, discussion, small presentations and research tasks.  These will enable you to engage with the module material to successfully complete the final module assessment. 

    The degree is calculated from the best 100 of 120 credits. This means that although you have to pass all modules, the 20 credits with the least value will not be included in the final calculation. The spreadsheet on Blackboard does this calculation for you.



    You can apply for a student loan for this course.

    Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

    You will be required to cover the cost of:

    - Text books 

    - Travel to other sites - Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student 

    - Library Fees and Fines - Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable 

    - Printing and photocopying - The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student  

    - Graduation ceremonies - It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student 



    The course is delivered at London South East Colleges Bromley Campus and you will study 1 day a week.  You will be taught by a mixture of staff from Bromley and Canterbury ChristChurch University.


    You will study for 1 full day a week at the Bromley Campus which typically be made up of 6 – 7 hours face to face delivery,  guided independent study or tutorial depending on the module or time of year.



    The course has the equivalent of 35 taught hours and 75 hours of work-based learning per module.  In addition you are expected to carry out around 90 hours of independent research and study for each module.

    You are expected to work in child-based setting (this can be a paid or voluntary role) for a minimum of 15 hours per week.  If you are not able to find work in a child-based setting, you may not be able to complete your studies.  For the SEN specialist route, you need to be working with children or young people with SEN.

    Each module requires you to devise and engage with work-based that allow you to link practice to theory.  These are discussed during the taught sessions and are submitted as an appendix for the module assessment.  Work-based research tasks could include directed observations, individual enquiries and application of, and reflection upon, knowledge gained in modules.  Although they do not count towards the final degree classification, your module assignments must be informed by the work-based research tasks.  They provide a key part of your formative assessment and provides evidence that you have met the work-based requirements of the degree programme.



    This is a work-based course so your placement means you are continuously linking theory to industry- based practice throughout.  Most assignments require you to specifically draw upon, and use, your experience in your work-setting.

    The programme is designed and reviewed as part of the quality assurance process with the involvement of industry representatives such as headteachers.


    You will be taught by both LSEC and Canterbury staff from a teaching team that consists of highly qualified academics with a range of expertise and experience.   All our team members hold teaching qualifications. Some hold Masters qualifications and have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. 



    - Upon successful completion of the degree, you will be awarded the BA(Hons) Childhood Studies (SEN Specialism)

    - You could go on to further study such as a Master’s Degree

    - Employment in the early years and education sector

    - Application for teacher training such as PGCE Primary.


  • Full Time (Bromley) Starts 9 September 2019
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    Key Facts

    Higher Education / Degree
    Start Date:
    9 September 2019
    Type of study:
    Canterbury Christ Church University BA (Hons)


    Must be Aged 18 or above on the 1/8/19

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