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Childhood (Special Educational Needs and Inclusion) BA (Hons)

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): X361
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: Three years full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

Do you have a strong interest in supporting and working alongside children and their families? If so, this degree could be for you. You will engage with a broad knowledge base concerned with children and society, which will open up a wide range of opportunities in education, social and health services, community work and other diverse support work.

With a broad subject area covering 0 – 11 years, this course can open the door to a variety of careers with children and young people. Whatever direction you choose to take you will have the solid foundation of knowledge and understanding employers are looking for.

This degree develops your understanding of childhood, as well as the theories of disability and inclusion. It equips you with the knowledge and practical strategies required to meet the needs of children from diverse backgrounds, or with a range of special educational needs, such as autistic spectrum disorders, learning difficulties and sensory impairments.

Why study Childhood: (Special Educational Needs and Inclusion) at Nottingham Trent University?

  • If you complete your undergraduate degree, you are guaranteed an interview for a PGCE Primary teacher training course at NTU during your final undergraduate year (terms and conditions apply).
  • We are supported by over 600 partnerships with local schools, colleges and organisations, ensuring our courses meet the demands of the competitive graduate market.
  • Many of our students choose to take a placement overseas. Recent placements have been available with a cricket project in Namibia, an international school in Brunei, an orphanage in Mombasa and an English language project in Thailand.
  • Excellent facilities and experienced and enthusiastic tutors.

Childhood degrees

There are three degree options enabling you to deepen your focus within a particular field of enquiry. These include:

Each degree has a number of shared modules.

What you’ll study

Explore how children learn and develop through their behaviour, cultural perspectives and the effect of the environment.  As you develop and broaden your understanding of childhood, you will undertake research enquiries and placement opportunities, enabling you to reflect critically on perspectives of childhood.

In each year of the course, you will further develop your understanding of special educational needs and inclusion. You will explore the use of effective and inclusive communication, the difficulties and complexities that children with additional needs or learning difficulties face as well as discrimination, stereotypes, and minority groups within the context of society.

The broad range of modules available within this course gives opportunities for you to develop both personally as a learner and professionally by incorporating the world of work and global perspectives into your studies. Key transferable skills are embedded in the modules, and are reinforced whilst working alongside experienced practitioners.

Placement

You will undertake a placement in Year Two. Placements can be in a wide range of educational settings, locally, regionally, nationally or internationally. You may find yourself working with disadvantaged children at a local authority provision or educational and support provision in a hospital context, or supporting the provision of activities for children / young people with a range of disabilities and additional needs at a local charity.

Why take a placement?

Placements support both your professional and personal development so that you develop key skills that will make you more employable. They help you understand your subject and its application in real work, enhancing your cultural awareness of childhood.

Professional and Academic Skills

You will be introduced to the themes of academic skills, reflective practice and professional / transferable skills and how these areas can be developed in order to be successful.

Ethical Research with Children

An introduction to the process of research and how research is conducted into practice when working with children. This module will enable you to identify how practitioners support their practice and how they work ethically with children to acquire and link theory and practice.

Including all Learners

You will explore inclusion and the meaning of inclusive practice to support children’s learning and development. You will consider a range of approaches to create inclusive environments to support all learners from 0 to 11.

Learning and Pedagogical Approaches

You will explore the ways which young children (0 – 11) learn in a variety of contexts while developing your skills as an educational practitioner.

Children’s Rights and Identity

You will explore how childhoods have changed over time and through different social contexts. This module will enable you to look in depth at children’s rights, how they are understood and their influence on a child’s identity, learning and development.

Inclusive Communication

You will explore effective methods of communicating with children and families, through a range of perspectives, good practice and discussions relating to barriers and challenges to communication.

Enriching Learning

Explore specialist professional and academic approaches in relation to supporting childhood learning and development from across a range of education-based disciplines.

Becoming a Researcher

You will work within a team on a piece of research to develop your understanding of all aspects of research design, including research methodologies, approaches and methods.

Global Childhoods

You will explore and evaluate a range of approaches to children’s learning and development in society from a global perspective. You’ll also engage in individual investigation in an international or UK placement experience.

Social Constructions of Childhood

You will explore how the concept of childhood is socially constructed – by the times and places in which children live and with the individuals involved in shaping their experience.

Special Educational Needs and Disability

You will examine how society has changed its views and the support that is available to children with additional needs. You will also explore and discuss a range of complexities that some children experience, from those with moderate learning difficulties, to profound multiple learning difficulties.

Research Dissertation

You’ll use your experience of the course so far to construct a dissertation that enables you to acquire and link theory and practice that supports your development as an informed educational researcher and reflective practitioner.

Leadership and Management


Consider a range of theoretical models in leadership and management: their currency with regards to children’s services and provision in the children’s sector, as well as the range of tools used to measure the effectiveness of an organisation.  You will reflect critically on the relevance of this to your own professional attributes and employability.


Children’s Mental Health and Well-being

This module will teach you how to support children with mental health needs using relevant strategies and approaches. Learn about the holistic development of children through the theories, research and policies related to mental health and measures of well-being.

Sustainable Childhoods

This module will enable you to gain an understanding of what is meant by a ‘sustainable childhood’ and consider a range of theoretical models and underlying viewpoints which underpin the notion of sustainable childhoods.

Supporting Diverse Learners

How diverse is our society? You’ll answer this question through philosophical and theoretical debate, considering the support children aged 0 to 11 may need. You will critically analyse and discuss discrimination and stereotypes of individuals and groups, reflecting on minority groups and the wider contextual influences of society.

Don’t just take our word for it, hear from our students themselves

Student Profiles

Siena Carter

This course helps you grow in confidence in areas that you never even knew existed. They adapt it so often to fit new situations that you’ll never feel behind the times. It is thoroughly enjoyable.

Lauren Busby

The experience of volunteering in a school in Bangkok was amazing. I was able to witness first-hand the differences in education in a different country and as a result my understanding of international approaches to children and education was widened greatly.

Duncan Crawley

It’s definitely worth coming to NTU as there’s so many opportunities such as placements and societies to take part in. It’s an amazing university and a vibrant city that I love living and studying in.

How you’re taught

We've introduced flexible and innovative ways of learning and teaching to develop your study skills and understanding of theory and practice. Methods include:

  • lectures
  • seminar discussions
  • practical work
  • project work
  • and workshops

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be on your coursework and there are no formal exams during the course.

Academic support and guidance is provided through our tutor support structure. Regular tutor feedback is given on your work in order to help you improve, develop your skills and begin to plan for your future career.

Placements support both your professional and personal development so that you develop key skills that will make you more employable. They help you understand your subject and its application in real work, enhancing your cultural awareness of childhood.

Contact hours

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (21%) and independent study (79%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (19%), independent study (76%) and placements (5%)
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (21%) and independent study (79%)

How you’re assessed

  • Year 1 coursework (100%)
  • Year 2 coursework (100%)
  • Year 3 coursework (100%)

Careers and employability

Your career development

What skills will I develop?

A Childhood degree develops specific skills and knowledge around the subject of how children learn and develop. You will learn about the history and culture of childhood, as well as the major theories of social, emotional and cognitive development.

You will develop key transferable skills, including:

  • written communication developed through writing essays;
  • oral communication skills gained through reasoned debates during seminars and presentations;
  • the ability to work as part of a team, though collaborative group work;
  • research and analytical skills with the ability to judge and evaluate information;
  • organisational and time management skills by prioritising tasks to ensure academic, social and work commitments are completed on time;
  • negotiation, informally with peers and formally with staff;
  • problem solving;
  • IT skills.

How can I boost my career prospects?

Childhood graduates that go on to further study tend to take courses that lead to professional status. The most popular option is the postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), as many graduates go on to work as primary or secondary school, early years or special needs teachers.

Other popular professional courses include nursing and postgraduate courses in social work. Employers are often supportive of further study and may support employees by providing funding or time off to complete coursework.

Your future career

A Childhood degree is an excellent foundation for careers working with children and young people in many sectors including health, education and social care.

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Early years teacher
  • Family support worker
  • Learning mentor
  • Primary school teacher
  • Special educational needs teacher
  • Social worker
  • Teaching assistant
  • Youth worker

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Child psychotherapist
  • Children's nurse
  • Community development worker
  • Counsellor
  • Educational psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist

Typical employers

Childhood graduates enter employment in a variety of sectors with a range of employers including local authorities, local and national charities, state and independent schools, nurseries, and health authorities.

Sure Start Children's Centres and the National Health Service (NHS) also employ graduates from Childhood degrees.

Links with industry

We involve industry experts in our courses in a number of ways.

  • We consult with employers when we design and update our courses.
  • We ensure you are prepared to meet the demands of the workplace by continually checking the currency and validity of our courses with employers.
  • You will have the opportunity to have a work placement (if not already in paid or voluntary employment).
  • Employers may input directly into your course through guest lectures, projects, and other work-related activities.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Guaranteed interview scheme: teacher-training

One of the benefits of the course is the broad knowledge and experience you will gain. This experience may lead you to consider teaching, even if you have not considered this as a career before.

If you complete your degree, you are guaranteed an interview for a PGCE Primary teacher-training course at NTU during your third undergraduate year (subject to places being available).

Terms and conditions apply:

  • Applications will be withdrawn and not be progressed to interview stage once all places are filled on relevant courses
  • Interviews are subject to you meeting the essential entry criteria for the PGCE course at the time of application, such as GCSE requirements, degree grade
  • An interview does not guarantee an offer to study on the course.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BCC; or
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • CACHE diploma at level C or above in a relevant subject area; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade 4.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

Other requirements

You will also need to complete:

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BCC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or CACHE
  • 104 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade 4.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

Other requirements

You will also need to complete:

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Advanced standing (starting your undergraduate degree in year 2 or 3)

You may be able to start your undergraduate course in year 2 or 3 based on what you have studied before.  This decision would be made in accordance with our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Placements

If you're undertaking a placement year, you'll need to budget for accommodation and any travel costs you may incur whilst on placement. Many of our placement students do earn a salary whilst on placement which can help to cover these living costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Diversity of our students

We are committed to promoting a diverse and representative body of teacher trainees. We welcome applications from under-represented groups, such as male applicants, applicants from BME communities, mature applicants and those with disabilities.

All applicants welcome

We welcome applications from prospective students with a range of qualifications and experience, and all are assessed on an individual basis. Mature applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria can still be considered providing they have relevant experience to compliment any qualifications. All applicants will need to apply through UCAS.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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