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Special Educational Needs and Inclusion, M.A.

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  • 12 months
This Special Educational Needs and Inclusion course from University of Northampton is designed to help you develop your knowledge and understanding of issues relating to Special Educational Needs and Inclusions in a greater depth. If you are a practitioner working with children, young people and adults in any one of a range of contexts, this may be particularly useful. 


Course Details

The Special Educational Needs and Inclusion course from University of Northampton is made up of modules which help you to critically reflect on debates relating to inclusive practice in a variety of settings and contexts. You will be able to choose from a selection of optional modules so you can study what interests you most.

All of the modules are equivalent to 30 Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points, apart from the Dissertation which is 60 CATS points and is compulsory if you are studying for the MA. This module includes taught aspects of research methods as well as an independent piece of research.

Career Opportunities

If you are already working in the field of SEN, disabilities and Inclusion then the in-depth knowledge you will gain from this programme can help you to improve your practice or apply for management positions. A range of other career options in education, social care and voluntary sectors will also be possible, such as being an advocate, learning mentor, or family adviser. If you want to pursue further postgraduate research there is also the possibility of studying for a PhD.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Physical Disabilities: Contexts and Interventions
  • Understanding Autism Spectrum
  • Evaluating Approaches for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
  • Organisational based Project 
  • Research Methods
  • Key Concepts in Inclusion and Diversity
  • The National Award for SEN Coordination

          Detailed Programme Facts

          • Programme intensity

            You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

            • Full-time duration 12 months
            • Average part-time duration 24 months
          • Credits
            180 alternative credits
          • Languages
            • English
          • Delivery mode
            On Campus

          English Language Requirements

          You need the following IELTS score:

          • Minimum required score:


            The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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          Academic Requirements

          You need the following GPA score:

          Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

          Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

          General Requirements

          • An honours degree from a UK institution or equivalent
          • A personal statement (which explains your reasons for applying to this course)
          • Two references which will support your ability to study at postgraduate level
          • Students who have gained credits at M Level 7 from Northampton or from other universities can apply to use these towards the MA in SEN and Inclusion if they can demonstrate that their studies have been in the field.
          • Students who have achieved the National Award for SEN Coordination or the Level 7 OCR Diploma in teaching and assessing learners with dyslexia in the last five years can use their 60 credits towards the Master’s Degree.

          Tuition Fee

          • EU/EEA

            6750 GBP/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 6750 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
          We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
          Part Time: £3,375 Year one (90 credits) £3,375 Year two (90 Credits)

          Living costs for Northampton

          • 796 - 1510 GBP/month
            Living Costs

          The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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