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Special Educational Needs & Inclusive Practice BA (Hons) top-up

Why choose this course?

This one-year course is a route to a BA(Hons) in Special Educational Needs & Inclusive Practice for those who have a relevant Foundation Degree or equivalent. This qualification will enable you to combine academic study with work-based learning. You will develop your critical thinking and understanding whilst exploring theory and practical subjects through a range of learning experiences.

Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
1 year full time (employment based) X361 2020

External applicants: please note that places for external applicants are limited on this course. If you studied your Foundation Degree at a college that is not within the Kingston University partnership, please apply early to avoid disappointment.

Location Kingston Hill

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • If you have a relevant foundation degree (or equivalent), this one-year course offers a route to a BA (Hons) in Special Educational Needs & Inclusive Practice.
  • You'll be able to combine academic study with work-based learning.
  • 100 per cent of students from this course are in employment or further study six months after graduating (DHLE 2016/17).

What you will study

You will study key areas such as removing barriers to participation, learning and play, enabling inclusion within settings and the community, effective and smooth transition between places, people and phases of education, research and theories of learning, development and assessment, regulation and legislation around good practice in the curriculum, pedagogy and the learning environment, ethics in inter-professional relationships and collaborative working, critical and reflective approaches to managing challenges and leading informed change in the field. Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.


You will learn about strategies to support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities through life transitions and creating enabling environments. You will also choose an area of special interest to research.

Core modules


30 credits

This module will introduce you to the complexities involved in removing barriers to effective transition to and between educational phases. It will explore:

  • theory and government initiatives that may impact on transition policy and procedures in the work place;
  • strategies for effective transition; and
  • the role of parental support in times of change.
Enabling Environments

30 credits

In this module you explore effective and inclusive learning environments, both indoors and outdoors.

It covers regulatory guidelines and risk assessment to ensure access to learning opportunities and the safety of all children.

Critical Issues in the Context of Inclusive Education

30 credits

This module is a core requirement for students taking the BA(Hons.) in Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Practice. It aims to introduce students to theory related to leadership and management as well as to working ethics  and dilemmas facing professionals that work in various positions in the context of special and inclusive education. Students are encouraged to reflect upon their knowledge and experience of effective practices and to identify an area for development.  Students are required to produce a plan outlining strategies to effect positive change in their setting identifying effective leadership skills.

Dissertation in an aspect of Professional Practice

30 credits

This module introduces students to a range of methodologies, which will enable them to design and manage the implementation of a small-scale enquiry, which is pertinent to their interest and work place. They will gain an understanding of the philosophies and practices of systematic enquiry in education-related fields and its application within the professional and pedagogic contexts.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Entry requirements

Typical Offer

  • FdA degree in Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Practice
  • 240 CATS points
  • Employment in an appropriate setting (paid or voluntary) for at least 16 hours per week for the duration of the course
  • Normally two years' experience in appropriate setting

If you don't have the required formal qualifications, your background, experience, previous education and training will be considered.

Alternative routes

We will consider a range of alternative qualifications or experience that is equivalent to the typical offer.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) is offered for those who are unsure of the current value of their qualifications. We actively welcome applications from mature students from a variety of backgrounds. We are seeking people who wish to enthuse and motivate young children as well as developing further their own knowledge, skills and understanding in young children's care and education.


Teaching and assessment

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS, the online virtual learning platform.

Academic support

Our academic support team here at Kingston University provides help in a range of areas.

Dedicated personal tutor

When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of academic staff who will provide academic guidance, be a support throughout your time at Kingston and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer at Kingston University. 

Your workload

You will attend taught sessions one evening per week between 5pm and 9pm. (Please note that this is indicative, and dependent on student numbers and University resources).

Teaching includes lectures, work-based learning activities, tutorials, online learning, workshops and seminars.

Year 1

Year 1
  • Scheduled teaching
  • Guided independent study: 160 hours
  • Placement

How you will be assessed

Progress is measured through a variety of assignments, including a class-based timed task, enabling you to draw on your professional knowledge in work-based situations which you will underpin with theoretical perspectives. In addition, you will participate in practical learning experiences that will enable you to reflect on and apply the knowledge you have gained.

Year 1

Year 1
  • Written Exam (timed task): 5%
  • Coursework

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

Your individualised timetable is normally available to students within 48 hours of enrolment. Scheduled teaching takes place one evening per week between 5pm and 9pm. For undergraduate students Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities, but there may be occasions when this is not possible. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Who teaches this course?

This course is a work-based learning degree with part-time study at Kingston University.

Our lecturers all have experience teaching in their specialist fields and remain actively connected to over 200 partner colleges and schools in the central and Greater London region.


Course fees and funding

2019/20 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'Overseas' student. In 2019/20 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category  Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
Overseas £14,200
Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) To be confirmed by the Island Authorities

This fee applies to students studying for the Education BA(Hons) top-up in the 2019/20 academic year.

Please note that a reduced fee of £7,300 will apply to foundation students from our franchise partners only.

 * These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials, security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Text books

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to, or be required to, buy your own copy of key textbooks.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses.


In the majority of cases coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees.


Travel costs are not included but we do have a free inter-site bus service which links the campuses and halls of residence.

Note for EU students: UK withdrawal from the European Union

EU students starting a programme in the 2019/20 academic year will be charged the same fees as those who began in 2018/19 (subject to any annual increase in accordance with the applicable terms and conditions and the Kingston University fees schedule).

They will also be able to access the same financial support for the duration of their course as students who began in 2018/19, even if their degree concludes after the UK's exit from the EU.

No assurances have yet been made regarding 2020/21 and beyond. Updates will be published here as soon as they become available.

2020/21 fees for this course

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a 'Home' (UK or EU), 'Islands' or 'Overseas' student. In 2020/21 the fees for this course are:

 Fee category Amount
Home (UK and EU students) £9,250*
International £14,600

This fee applies to students studying for the Education BA(Hons) top-up in the 2020/21 academic year.

Please note that a reduced fee of £7,300 will apply to foundation students from our franchise partners only.

* These fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Eligible UK and EU students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.


The Kingston Hill campus features an outdoor learning environment where trainee teachers lead curriculum-linked natural sciences activities with children. It includes a specially built 'cubby house', outdoor pond, beehive and nature trail. It offers early years students the opportunity to simulate teaching and learning with natural materials.

There are a number of teaching rooms set up to replicate actual classrooms. Each classroom is subject based - such as an art room, science lab, and each is equipped with all the relevant facilities you will need to practise your lessons before taking them into school.

Our library (the Nightingale Centre) has an excellent range of teaching resources to help you plan and teach your lessons, such as a range of children's topic books, music and nursery rhymes on CD, as well as artefacts and kits that can be used to illustrate historical periods, different religions, science, maths and music.


After you graduate

This qualification is valued by employers and is seen as a mark of your professional excellence and expertise, enabling you to develop your career.

Once you complete this course, you will be well-placed to pursue postgraduate opportunities to enhance your professional development in education and related fields. Many students return to Kingston University for postgraduate and continuing professional development studies. These include Early Years Initial Teacher Training leading to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and MA studies.

What our students say

This course helped me become a better and more confident practitioner. I started this course while working as an SEN 1:1 Teaching Assistant and finished it at the same time I accepted a job offer as an Unqualified Teacher to run my own class. This felt like a massive recognition of the effort I put into this course and the knowledge I acquired during such. Thanks to completing this course I am now at the beginning of another amazing learning journey!"

Teresa, Special Educational Needs & Inclusive Practice BA(Hons) top-up

Undergraduate study
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