The Inclusion and Special Educational Needs (ISEN) programme is available through Distance Learning and is only available to be studied on a part-time basis. Studying by Distance Learning enables you to complete your studies at your own pace and from anywhere in the UK or the world. The ISEN programme is unique in that it enables you to study two distinct specific areas of SEN. Dissertations, in a chosen area of study, are carried out at degree and masters levels. Please note that we require you have at least 2 years professional experience in the areas you wish to study before you can be considered.
Studies can take between 3 – 6 years, depending the level of study and the individual situation of each student, however most Masters level students complete within 3 years. Studying by Distance Learning means that you will be expected to attend Residential study weekends once or twice each year depending upon the specialist area you decide upon. (See under programme dates, below). Currently students who study by Distance Learning have access to Regional tutors as well as University course tutors.
To begin this programme, you will need to choose from the following areas of Special Educational Needs (SEN) for each year of study:
If you study at BPhil, Postgraduate Diploma or Masters level - at the end of the Year 1 you will transfer to a second specialist area of study from the choice above.
If further advice is needed regarding choice of specialist areas of study then please contact Neil Hall.
The ISEN programme officially begins in September of each academic year. Most start with a residential weekend, at the University of Birmingham. Some courses have another residential in the Spring. Dates for academic year 2014/15 and for each specialist area Residential weekends are given below. It is important you attend the Residential weekends as they are an important part of the courses. You will meet your tutors and other study group and the cost of the programme reflects the incorporation of the Residential accommodation, meals and visiting speakers.
Dates for Residential Weekends
Autism: 19 - 21 September 2014 and 17 - 19 April 2015. Lead tutors are Karen Guldberg (Children) and Andrea McLeod (Adults)
Severe and Profound Complex Learning Difficulties: Induction online 29 September 2014. Residential weekends 24 - 26 October 2014; 13 - 15 February 2015; 22 - 24 May 2015. Lead tutor is Penny Lacey
Multi Sensory Impairment: 19 - 21 September 2014, 27 - 29 April 2015. Lead tutor is Liz Hodges
SEBD: 3 - 4 October 2014 and 8 - 10 May 2015. Lead tutor is Neil Hall
Language, Literacies and Dyslexia: Online induction module, no residential. Lead tutor is Deirdre Martin
At the end of each module there is a 4,000 word assignment for level M and 3,000 for level H. The content of the assignment enables you to study aspects of the module in depth and relate this to your own work.