Inclusion: Individual and Group Differences

Professional Education, Dubai campus


January 2022

Course Type
Continuing professional development
20 credit hours
9,675 AED 
Dr Sarah Benson
Module Code11 31649 

This module will consider the broad inclusive-specialist dimension of educational practice.

Key areas of curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and educational placement will be broadly mapped in relation to different SEND groupings, e.g. Autism, dyslexia, hearing impairment / deafness, MSI, PMLD, SLD, vision impairment and you will discuss examples of broader inclusion debates, dilemmas, positions and solutions.

The nature of the content and discussion above will provide you with a basis of general knowledge of the field that you can then take with you and apply to future specialist pathways (or as the completion of your general training at the PGCert level).

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate a coherent and critical understanding of key debates around inclusive education and special educational needs in relation to curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and educational placement.
  • show critical awareness and application of inclusion debates to different specific SEND groupings.
  • demonstrate understanding of the definitions and history of several example SEND groupings.
  • demonstrate how different SENDs are associated with individuals’ learning and development (and how the causal direction of these associations is debated).
  • apply this learning to your own professional, practical and/or policy context, and be able to critically analyse approaches and decisions in relation to curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and educational placement in relation to SEND

Why study with us?

This professional development qualification is taught at the Master’s level, and is a full term university module. The University of Birmingham is a global top 100 University and the School of Education is ranked in the top 40 in the world, 12 in Europe and 9 in the UK (QS World Rankings 2020).

Our staff are world-leading researchers in their subject areas and are backed by leading research institutes such as the Autism Center for Education and Research (ACER) and the Vision Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research. This ensures that the curriculum is informed by current research practice and knowledge, and that it adopts approaches to learning that support the research ethos.

If all three core Inclusion and Special Educational Needs modules are completed, you will exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs.

Who should attend?

Classroom and certified teachers looking to gain insight and greater knowledge on how to become more inclusive or move into the newly created roles in the KHDA Framework, Leaders of Provision, Inclusion Champions or Governors. Current leaders of provision and special education needs coordinators looking to engage in scholarship in their subject area. Career switchers who are curious about pursuing their new career in education but not yet ready to commit and policy-makers who would like to expand their knowledge.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this programme are expected to have an undergraduate degree and relevant professional experience, training, or other qualifications and experience deemed suitable for entry onto this programme. The minimum undergraduate degree result must be at least a 2:1 or equivalent (GPA 3.0/4.0; or 75%).

You will need to demonstrate that you have a fluent level of written and spoken English. You can demonstrate your level of English with IELTS or alternative qualifications (TOEFL, PTE, Cambridge English). The minimum IELTS score for consideration is 6.5, with a 7.5 and above preferred.

Alternative English Language qualifications

For those joining us for 2020, we will accept the following tests as evidence of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL “At Home” Test
  • Duolingo English Test
  • Password English
  • Chinese College English Test (CET-6) (please note that this must be accompanied by at least a 6 week Pre-sessional English programme)

To apply for a single module please complete this application form and quote module code 11 31649 

Learning and Teaching

Your lectures and seminars at the University of Birmingham’s Dubai campus will include:

  • Two teaching weekends at the beginning and end of term
  • Supported evening seminars
  • Engaging online platform

There will be a practical final assessment based on University Masters’ level criteria.