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Diploma in Education and Training: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Level 5 Diploma

Starts Septmeber/October 2018 - dates tbc
Qualification 120 credits NQF Level 5
Entry requirements

Evidence of previous study at level 4 or completion of an initial assessment. Maths and English at level 2. A cleared DBS check and a subject specialist mentor. A teaching placement or be in a teaching role that provides at least 100 hours of practice working with disabled learners (including group teaching) over the two years.

IELTS 7.0 or equivalent (speaking and listening at 7.0) with no other component below 6.0.

Length Two years

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Cost £3000 per year. Student loans may be available for this course. To find out more please visit the Student Funding webpages.

Key features of the course

  • Flexible / blended delivery model
  • Attendance at face to face taught days once a month
  • Directed online tasks completed between the taught days
  • Extensive but supported use of technology
  • Takes account of different contexts
  • Delivered by experienced teacher trainers
  • High level of support from tutors

1. Further Education is diverse and dynamic and includes organisations such as Colleges, Sixth Forms, Secure Estate, Work Based Learning, Adult and Community Education. Programmes are designed to develop teacher trainees to work across the sector. As such those in a limited setting e.g. working with adults only, will be required to arrange widening teaching visits to develop their experience. Information about these visits will be provided on programme.

2. All trainees will be expected to pass the teaching practice component. If the trainee has not reached good in their teaching practice by the end of programme, they will be required to undertake further observations.

Who is a ‘disabled learner’? How do I begin to plan, deliver and assess learning that is inclusive to every learner?

This programme is suitable for new teachers in the FE and Skills Sector, who wish to develop their subject specialist knowledge of teaching disabled learners alongside their general teaching practice. On this programme, you develop your knowledge and understanding of teaching ‘disabled’ learners. You will explore a range of specific learning and disability impairments, and develop the skills to be able to plan, deliver and assess inclusive learning.



Elizabeth White, Programme Lead