PGCert Education (Inclusion and SEN)


Course Length:1 Year Part-Time
Start Dates:April 2020, April 2021
Department:Faculty of Education
Location:Edge Hill University
  • Enhance your knowledge and understanding of a range of learning difficulties;
  • Immerse yourself in current research and critically analyse Government policy and legislation in relation to learners with special educational needs;
  • Make a positive impact on your own practice.

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).

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.

A Great Study Environment

The Faculty of Education has been at the forefront of teacher education for more than 125 years and today enjoys the enviable position of being one of the country’s leading providers of education, training and research for the children’s workforce.

Housed in a state-of-the-art £9m building, the Faculty of Education’s facilities include a 300-seat lecture theatre, five well-equipped ICT suites, and 18 teaching rooms complete with the latest technology.

The faculty has a strong commitment to practice-based learning and has developed partnerships with over 2,000 schools and colleges, local authorities and professional associations.


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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%.

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 for these learners. The module will enable you to develop a greater understanding of internal and external barriers to learning and explore how these can impact on learners with special educational needs. The aim is to contribute to an understanding of how inspiring practice can impact upon and support the learning styles of those with special educational needs. 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%.


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.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

To join this programme, you should be a practising professional, working as a teacher, lecturer or practitioner within an educational setting, and have an undergraduate degree or equivalent.

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

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s academic regulations (sections C7 and F3.1) or contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

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 studying on this Postgraduate Certificate are £34 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic years 2019/20 or 2020/21, i.e. £1,020 per 30 credit module.

60 credits are required to complete a Postgraduate Certificate.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters guide for your intended academic year of entry.


How to Apply

There is an online application process for this programme.

Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.

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Course Changes

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