This programme designed with two distinct groups of participants in mind:
Those who wish to study a range of campus-based modules relating to ISEN
Those on distance learning modes who wish to combine modules from two programmes
The ISEN programme is suitable for:
UK, European and overseas students
professionals in schools, further education, social services or health related roles who are interested in the education and needs of children or students with a range of special educational needs (SEN)
people who have completed a first degree and are attracted to study and gain knowledge about children and students with special educational needs
The campus-based programme utilises lectures, seminars, tutorials, school visits, practical tasks and discussions. Campus-based lectures are given by academics who are leaders in research in the Special Educational Needs field.
The distance learning programme utilises material for home study, tutorial and seminar groups, together with university-based residential weekends in Birmingham. Our distance learning programme has a reputation for excellence both nationally and internationally.
Levels of Award
The level at which an individual is admitted to study on the programme will depend on their previous academic qualifications as well as their professional experience.
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Each module gains 20 credits at the appropriate level. Modules are reviewed annually and may vary from year to year. However we always offer students the opportunity to study a range of aspects of SEN. In 2012/13 the following modules in SEN are to be offered:
Introduction to Inclusion and SEN (compulsory for all ISEN students)
Introduction to Speech & Language Difficulties
Special Educational Needs of Children with Autism
Practitioner Inquiry in Education – Research skills (compulsory for students working on dissertations)
Policy, practice and provision for SEN
Social and Emotional Behaviour Difficulties
Curriculum needs and approaches for children with Autism
Independent (special) study
Modules can be taken from other studies in special education programmes in the School of Education but must first be discussed with the ISEN Programme Co-ordinator.
The modules are 10 or 11 weeks long. Some modules have breaks at half term but not all do, so please check with the module tutor at the start of the module.
On the Distance Learning programme, students join an exisiting programme to focus on one area of special educational needs for each year of study.
The programmes which are currently available are:
Speech and Language Difficulties
Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
Multi-sensory Impairment (Deaf/blind)
Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
Fees and funding
Fees Home/EU 2013-2014
Campus based fees
Code 6399 AdCert full time £1,950
Code 5325 BPhil full time £3,900
Code 5654 PGCert full time £1,710
Code 4401 MA full time £5,130
Distance learning fees
Code 5300 AdCert £2,625
Code 5328 BPhil £2,625
Code 5330 PGCert £2,385
Code 5332 PGDip £2,385
Code 5336 MEd £2,385
Fees are based on students studying 60 credits per year on part-time programmes. Students who complete more than 60 credits in a year will be charged an additional fee.
The fees shown above are annual fees for students starting their courses in September 2013. Please note that where courses last more than one year, the annual fees for subsequent years on the course may increase due to inflation.
Code 6399 AdCert full time £6,070. For all other awardss, please view our Fees for International Students webpage
Learn more about fees and funding
Funding for part-time students
From September 2012, the UK Government will provide non-means tested loans to cover the full cost of part-time tuition for all eligible English resident or non UK EU undergraduates. Find out more about the funding for part-time students.
Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. More details may be found on the international scholarships page
For further information contact the School directly or the Student Funding Office via online enquiries.
There is only one intake per year at the beginning of the Academic Year (September/ October).
Please refer to the School of Education entry requirements webpage
English language requirements
In order to undertake the ISEN programme of study, you will need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English. You can demonstrate your level of English with IELTS, TOEFL or alternative qualifications. The following link to the English language qualifications page will give you more detailed information about grades you will need.
Alternatively, or in addition, you may want to take and successfully complete one of our English courses for international students courses.
We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
How to apply
When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages