University of Chester

University of Chester

Special Educational Needs and Disability

This programme has been designed in response to a changing agenda for special education. This programme will enhance your skills and knowledge of special educational needs and disability in light of new policy. Students will use a practice-based approach to develop confidence to improve outcomes and real-life chances for children, young people and adults, and develop capacity for professional career development in mainstream, special settings, further and higher education settings as well as those in employment and social care contexts.

Entry requirements

Applicants require QTS (qualified teacher status) or non-QTS with relevant experience and the support of your setting.

Course modules

Areas of study include: Professional knowledge and understanding; leading and managing provision; developing a positive ethos and culture; evaluating specific learning difficulties; reimagining special educational needs beyond labels; understanding behavioural emotional and social difficulties (BESD) through a psycho-socio perspective; advanced practice in speech, language and communication needs; severe and profound cognitive impairments; complex behavioural difficulties (theory and practice); aspects and impact of neurodiversity in education, training and employment; access to education, training and employment; adapting to specific needs in education, training and employment; dissertation.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods will be used, including case studies, portfolios, reports, and reflective essays, all based on practice. Students will receive support and guidance to complete assignments as well as feedback to help develop action plans for further development.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time - 1 calendar years
MA Part-time - 3 calendar years
PgDip Part-time - 3 calendar years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Riverside Campus Chester CH1 1SF North West

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions
Telephone number: 
01244 51000