Special Educational Needs and Disability

Social Policy - University of Lincoln

Key Information




Master's level, 30 credits

Contact Information:

Dr. Nikolaos Fotou
Tel: 01522 83 5099
Email: nfotou@lincoln.ac.uk

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Course Overview

This 12 week Special Educational Needs and Disability course (Master's level, 30 credits) is specifically designed to support the needs of students interested in careers in education, practising teachers, Special Educational Needs Coordinators, educational researchers and other professionals. This course will encourage students to critically explore issues related to policy and practice for children with additional needs.

The course aims to develop an understanding of a range of issues related to SEND and inclusion including an overview of how different categories of need can influence children’s learning in the classroom and other environments. A key feature of the course will be to draw on the implications of policy to practice and increase awareness of how practice can be adapted to support the needs of the diverse needs that children can have.

The course will focus on supporting additional needs in both primary and secondary schools but the materials studied can be extended to an adult population. The course will also reflect on international initiative and explore the impact that they have on current policy.


Cost: £1230 (£41 x 30 credits)

All students are expected to attend a three day study school in Lincoln. Please note that students are expected to cover their own transport, accommodation and general living expenses while attending.


Master's level, 30 credits


The course is offered twice in an academic year and it is organised around a structured set of suggested reading that scaffolds the syllabus, aimed at guiding independent study and focusing weekly seminars.

Seminar time will be divided between tutor-led discussion of the suggested reading and student-led discussion of issues arising from their own study. These weekly seminars will be run in person. Video/audio capture technology will also be used for revision purposes and be available alongside teaching materials on the Virtual Learning Environment.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

  • Participation on taught course (25 hours)
  • Independent study (100 hours)


Credit from this course can contribute towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MA Education from the University of Lincoln.

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:2 Honours degree.  Relevant professional experience is considered.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each element, or equivalent.


One written 5000-words case study assignment will be undertaken in order to assess learning.