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Access to Higher Education (Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies)Level 3 Diploma

This course is ideal if you are considering a career in special educational needs (SEND) and wish to start studying for the necessary qualifications.

Course details


This course is ideal if you wish to study a higher education course in special education needs e.g. Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Studies BA (Hons) but do not possess the required entry qualifications and skills.

Access programmes entail 13 hours of direct contact time in addition to a minimum of 13 hours independent study.

What's covered?

  • Inclusivity and disability in education
  • Safeguarding children, young people and/or vulnerable adults
  • Special education needs awareness
  • Understanding the importance of physical, intellectual and language development of young children
  • Research
  • Care principles
  • Education studies: socio-economic factors in educational achievement
  • Mental health and education
  • Principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare

How will my work be assessed?

  • Essays
  • Closed book exams
  • Case studies
  • Presentations
  • Academic posters

What can I do after this?

Following successful completion of this Diploma you will be able to progress onto higher education courses in special education needs, teaching or social studies.

At least one GCSE in either English Language or Maths at C or Grade 4 or above or equivalent (Functional Skills Level 2) – Evidence of this will be required during the application cycle.

Ideally you will have both. However, you may work towards the one that you do not have whilst studying with us.

Many universities require GCSE Maths and English rather than an equivalent. It is your responsibility to begin checking which qualifications you require with the university or college you wish to progress to.

As part of the interview process, as well as showing suitability through a verbal interview you will need to complete a short computer-based assessment in Maths and English to show that you are currently working to a minimum of level 1.


Open Event - Southend Campus

Wednesday, 09 October 2019

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Our Southend Campus is located next to Southend Central train station and offers A-level courses and an impressive range of vocational subjects in realistic work environments using cutting-edge technology.


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  • Venue Southend Campus
  • Starts Monday, September 14, 2020
  • Attendance Full time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Provision Adults
  • Cost £3300.00
  • Cost details Course fee based on 2018-19 for UK/EU students. Please note the cost stated is for 2018/19 and may increase for 2019/20.
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