PGCert Education (Inclusion & SEN)

Enhance your knowledge and understanding of a range of learning difficulties, critically analysing Government policy and legislation in relation to learners with special educational needs.

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      Course Length: 1 Year Part-Time
      Start Dates: April 2023, April 2024
      Subjects: Education and Teaching
      Location: Edge Hill University

      This programme, which is suitable for graduates working in educational settings, will enhance and develop your knowledge of a range of learning difficulties, enabling you to gain a deeper understanding of special education needs (SEN) and inclusion. There will be opportunities to reflect upon the importance of early identification of need as you enhance your awareness of how to recognise the indicators of a range of special educational needs. These include dyslexia, autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties. Effective strategies to improve intervention will also be considered and related to your practice, underpinned by reflection upon a range of literature and legislation, as you gain an enhanced appreciation of how inspiring practice can support and augment the learning of those with special educational needs.

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      In Depth

      What will I study?

      The course comprises two modules, one studied per semester, which explore the provision of inclusive education for those with special educational needs.

      You will consider the dilemmas arising from everyday practice, examine UK policy as well as national and international legislation, and reflect upon the range of learning difficulties within your own setting.

      How will I study?

      The programme will be delivered through a blended learning approach that consists of one workshop per module and supported online learning through the use of the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE). International students can attend the workshops remotely.

      Additional sessions will be available via Collaborate, an academic virtual classroom, to enhance the online learning experience. Academic tutors will also offer guidance on the development of your practice-based research.

      How will I be assessed?

      The programme is assessed through two reflective portfolios. These will include practice-based assessment tasks and a critical reflection of 2,500 words.

      Who will be teaching me?

      You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced tutors with expertise in the field of special educational needs.


      Housed in a state-of-the-art £9million building, the Faculty of Education enjoys a stunning setting from both its lakeside and piazza buildings.

      Facilities in the lakeside building include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology. The lakeside building is also home to a popular vegan and vegetarian cafe where students can meet to socialise and discuss their studies.

      The nearby piazza building offers modern facilities including a lecture theatre and a number of seminar rooms.


      You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.


      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

      Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.


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      Compulsory modules:

      PBM4031Inclusive Practice for Learners with Special Educational Needs (30 credits)

      Inclusive Practice for Learners with Special Educational Needs enables you to reflect upon and consider the range of special educational needs within your own setting and how inclusive practice may be achieved. You will develop a greater understanding of internal and external barriers to learning, explore how these can impact on learners with special educational needs, and gain an insight into how to deliver both inspiring practice and a tailored, supportive approach to learning. Concepts, ideas and perspectives of special educational needs will be examined within a mixture of theoretical frameworks and practice-based reflection. Such an approach will enable you to address issues relating to the inclusive education of learners with special educational needs within your own setting.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      PBM4030Special Educational Needs: Policy and Practice (30 credits)

      Special Educational Needs: Policy and Practice considers UK policy and national and international legislation with a specific focus on the provision for those with special educational needs within your own setting. The module enables you to develop and embed the knowledge and understanding required for the inclusive education of those with special educational needs. It also considers the wider issues and debates relating to special educational needs and the dilemmas arising from everyday practice. The module has been designed to enable you to obtain the professional knowledge, understanding, attitudes and confidence necessary to manage diversity in relation to those with special educational needs.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      You should be a practising professional, working as a teacher, lecturer or practitioner within an educational setting, and have a degree (or equivalent).

      Applicants who do not meet these requirements may also be considered on an individual basis.

      English Language Requirements

      International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

      If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      The programme will equip you with the professional attributes, skills, knowledge, attitudes and confidence required to support individuals with a range of learning difficulties.


      Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for part-time study on this Postgraduate Certificate are £2,340 (for the entire course) for UK students and £3,420 (for the entire course) for international students enrolling in academic year 2022/23.

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

      Financial Support

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide at

      EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see for further details.

      Financial support information for international students can be found at


      How to Apply

      There is an online application process for this programme.

      Applications for April 2023 entry will open soon. Please keep checking this page for further updates.

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      Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

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      Course Changes

      Expand All This tab outlines any material changes to course content, programme structure, assessment methods, entry criteria, and modes of study or delivery, implemented in the past two years. Future material changes will be added here as amends are made to course information.

      26th April 2022 - Availability to International Students

      The course is now available to international students. English Language requirements and international tuition fees have been added.

      Covid-19 - Education (Inclusion & SEN) Essential Information

      Education (Inclusion & SEN) Course Statement

      The face-to-face sessions that would usually take place at Edge Hill University will be delivered online for the duration of courses commencing in Spring Term 2021 for the duration of courses commencing in Spring 2021.

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