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Bognor Regis campus

3 Years Full Time

Top 10
UK university for Education
Top 25
best university in the UK
5 Star
rating for inclusiveness, teaching, and facilities
1. Guardian University Guide League Tables 2021 | 2. National Student Survey 2021 | 3. QS Stars University Rating

Entry Requirements and Fees

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

  • UCAS Tariff points: 104 – 120 (A levels or combination with AS/EPQ/BTEC/Cambridge Technical)
  • A levels: BBB – BCC
  • BTEC/Cambridge Technical: DDM – MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass
  • International Baccalaureate: 26 - 28 points
  • Enhanced DBS check required
  • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5


2021/22?UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee:?£14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Student view

BA (Hons) Education and Special Needs and Disability student, Katie
I chose to study the course because I like the fact that it had the placements in the second and third year. In my second year, I went to Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity. They support families with children who have life limiting and terminal illnesses. I got the opportunity to support families, children and their siblings for three weeks. It was really exciting and I learnt how disabilities are portrayed in Health, Education and Social Care.

Course content


8th out of 80 institutions?for our Education courses (Guardian League Tables 2021)

Course overview

The BA (Hons) Education, Special Needs and Disability degree is designed to develop your?understanding of the combined subjects of education, special needs and disability. The programme will provide an excellent preparation for you to work with children and adults who have a special need or a disability within the education, health or social care sector.

There is a strong focus on valuing and respecting individual differences in children and adults and the contributions they make as members of our communities.? All the modules on this programme are aimed at encouraging you to think about the importance of social justice, equal opportunity and inclusion in our early years settings, schools, colleges and the wider society.

Have a read of our?Education brochure?for more information.

Our facilities

We’ve developed both of our campuses to have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

Learning Resource Centre

Learning Resource Centre facilities

Our Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the Bognor Regis campus.? It hosts:

  • A modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors?
  • A range of study areas for group study
  • Over 80 open access?PC and Mac?stations
  • Wi-Fi areas for laptop use
  • Substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you?further your research
  • Online library resources you can access?from anywhere?at any time
  • Costa?Coffee
  • Also situated in the Learning Resource Centre is the Support and Information Zone?(SIZ) to help with any enquiries?while at university
  • At SIZ, there's an equipment loans centre offerings?laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long-term loans

Teaching resources

Education and teaching resources

Our teaching spaces range from modern, purpose-built classrooms to a beautiful historic Grade I listed building so we can provide the learning experiences you need. We have collection of over 20,000 classroom resources for you to borrow while on placement.

The local area

The local area surrounding the University of Chichester's Bognor Regis Campus including Bognor Regis Beach, Town Centre, The South Downs and West Wittering Beach

It’s important to love where you live and study and the local area surrounding the University has so much to offer. With the seaside town, historic city, rolling countryside and stunning beaches, there’s plenty to explore.?

Where this can take you

This degree will provide a firm foundation and maximise opportunities for those who may be thinking about working in:

  • teaching
  • community work
  • social work
  • health care?
  • therapeutic arts
  • psychology
  • charities and other voluntary organisations
  • international development

Postgraduate Pathways

Postgraduate study options include?PGCE?and Masters:

Alumni receive a 15% discount on postgraduate courses at Chichester.

Indicative modules

The programme aims to provide a rich learning experience that will enable you to develop systematic knowledge and critical awareness of current theories, research and advanced scholarship in education, special needs and disability. It shares?common modules?on the Education Studies course?and core modules for students studying the BA (Hons) Education, Special Needs and Disability.

Year One:?

Learning Communities: Children Learning, Children Thinking

Complementing the module ‘Childhood to Adulthood’ this module explores the sociological influences brought to bear on our success as learners. The module draws on research into thinking, learning and development in order to consider how individuals can maximise learning opportunities for themselves and help others to learn. You'll explore influences on learning, development and identity.

Childhood to Adulthood

The central aim will be to develop an awareness of the biological, intellectual, social and emotional changes that occur from childhood through to adulthood. It will examine the phases of development in children from conception through to puberty, early adolescence and adolescence in a changing world. Psychological perspectives on physical, cognitive and social development will predominate.

Disability and Society

This module will introduce students to the historical and social context of disability in society. It will consider different models of disability that influence society’s attitudes toward people with developmental differences.

Speech, Language and Communication

This module will introduce students to a range of developmental, cognitive, social and emotional influences that affect children’s development in speech, language and communication. Students will learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions that contribute to removing barriers to communication and interaction.

Equality of Opportunity and Diversity

This module?explores relationships between cultural identity, social policy and issues of equality and diversity. Examine key features of the theory and?practice of social and educational inclusion from a number of perspectives across the wider social and more specific educational arenas and explore issues, central to inclusion, human rights, equal opportunities and social justice. You'll look at patterns of inequality in selected areas of social policy and provision.

Education Philosophy and Thinking: historical perspectives

You'll?begin to explore the key debates in philosophies of education with a particular focus on personal and institutional value systems and how educational contexts have developed over time. The module introduces a coherent historical framework, which helps you to understand how educational perspectives and values change and evolve.

Principles into Practice

This module will continue the debate from the module ‘Disability and Society’ around how disability is positioned in society and how this is reflected in UK legislation. It gives an overview of the laws and policies that relate to the education and care of people who have a SEND and how they affect people who have SEND, their families and the people who work with them.

Valuing Individual Differences

This module is designed to develop students’ knowledge of atypical development in children and young people.? There will be a focus on the medical, genetic and environmental influences on children’s development.

Year Two:?

Global Citizenship

This module will fulfil the aspiration in the University of Chichester’s Vision Statement that our students should become Global Citizens. It will enable you to critically engage with some of the key global issues of our times and prepare you to think beyond your immediate locality about how you are connected with people and environments that you may never have seen.

Engaging All Learners

This module will introduce students to a range of developmental, cognitive, social and emotional influences that affect pupil learning and progress. You will learn how to plan, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions that contribute to removing barriers to learning, including the use of Augmented and Alternative Communication (AAC) AAC and ICT.

Disability and Social Care

This module will consider the historical and current legal and social perspectives on the care of people with disabilities across the life course. The notion of ‘care’ and its impact on the lived experience of disabled people and their families will be explored.? Central to the module will be ethical and safeguarding issues and the potentially competing concerns of carers and service users and service providers.? Practice implications will be discussed and the power of the legal framework explored.

Work-based Placement

In order to broaden your knowledge and understanding of a range of educational contexts, and to develop insights beyond the classroom you will undertake a placement experience in an education setting of your choice.? ?

Research in Education

This module is designed to develop your understanding of the role and importance of research in the field of education. It will start to prepare you for undertaking a dissertation on an aspect of Education. The module will introduce you to key important theoretical and conceptual issues in research; introduce shaping research questions, research design and the selection of appropriate data collection methods and data analysis.

Forest Schools

A Forest School is a journey of self-discovery and awareness in the outdoors in which participants are given the freedom to explore their surroundings, themselves and others through their curiosity and imagination. The approach is heralded by some as inspirational but described by others as re-branding of old ideas giving questionable impact. This module explores principles that underpin the Forest School approach and reflects on evidence for its effectiveness.

International Perspectives

This module encourages students to engage more critically in discussions about special education needs and disability in a global context. Students will gain insights into how disability is understood in different societies and develop a greater understanding of global perspectives of health, educational and care provision.

Understanding Families

This module encourages students to evaluate the impact that having a child with a disability has on the family. Through engagement with the literature and the experiences of families, it will identify the social, economic and psychological factors affecting families who are bringing up a child who has a special need and/or disability.

Year Three:

Independent Project

The Independent Project builds the level 5 module ‘Research in Education’ and as a double level 6 module is a substantial piece of work that makes a significant contribution to your overall degree classification. This module and the 30 credits which are attached to its successful completion should be viewed as an exciting opportunity to pursue your own personal lines of enquiry.

Exploring Mathematical Thinking

What is mathematics and why does it seem to matter so much? This module will inspire students to reflect on this question and, in doing so, increase their critical knowledge of mathematics education. Students’ own relationship with the subject will be explored, as will ideas on the beauty and power inherent within the subject.

Creativity, Technology and Learning

This module will enable students to investigate, both academically and practically, how new technologies can be used in learning and teaching in a wide variety of mainstream and specialist educational settings.

Professionalism and Collaborative Practice

This module will enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding of working in different contexts with children and young people who have a Special Educational Need and/or Disability (SEND), and their families. ?It will identify the roles of key professionals in health, education and?social care and how they need to coordinate their services to benefit families and individuals who have a SEND.

Disability Studies

In this module, students will critically evaluate the discourses of disability, disablement and inclusive practice. They will develop insights into the interrelationship between social policy, political frameworks and ideological perspectives on SEND through the lens of disability rights, equality of opportunity, empowerment and advocacy.

Work-based Placement

This module builds on the placement experience in Year 2 and will serve as a context for the Independent Project to be submitted after Easter in the final semester. The module provides you with an opportunity to work with children and young people in a professional setting.

Year Three module options:?

Special Educational Needs and Disability – Engaging All Learners

This module will introduce students to a range of developmental, cognitive, social and emotional influences that affect pupil learning and progress. You will learn how to plan, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of interventions that contribute to removing barriers to learning, including the use of Augmented and Alternative Communication (AAC) AAC and ICT.

Early Education and Sustainability

As sustainability becomes more acknowledged within the educational debate, this module provides the opportunity to explore the topic from an early childhood education perspective both globally and locally. You will explore current themes and discourse to develop an understanding of the complex term and the pivotal importance of early education in laying foundations for future thinking and actions.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

This module investigates the importance of good social, emotional and mental health for children, young people and into adulthood. It will examine the current climate of children’s mental health in the UK and in comparison, to other countries. Students will consider some of the features in school environments that might result in poor mental health. It will also consider cultural influences on a decline in mental health in the population of the UK.

International English Studies

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Teaching and assessment


The teaching and learning strategies employed by the Programme are designed to enable you to effectively master a broad base of concepts, skills, knowledge, understanding and practice.? You will be challenged to go further than tackling immediate issues.? You will be given opportunities to apply your knowledge flexibly and appropriately in a variety of contexts.? Emphasis will continually be on you asking questions, generating hypotheses, and providing explanations that are indicative of undergraduate scholarship.? We expect you to be proactive, responsive, and responsible for your own learning.

Modules are the basic unit of the curriculum. The structure of the Programme is designed in accordance with the University modular scheme framework, whereby a single module is worth 15 credits with normally 30 hours of contact time and a further 120 hours of independent study.?

You will need to gain 120 credits at each level in order to progress to the next level. It follows, therefore, that you need 360 credits to graduate.

The taught modules are structured to allow for lectures, workshops, practical sessions, outdoor learning experiences, field trips, case studies, whole group and sub-group activities, as appropriate for the study of each module theme.? You will work with an innovative tutor team and engage in learning in many different ways.


Different types of assessment modes are employed across modules to enable you to provide evidence of a range of knowledge, skills, and understanding and competences developed by the Programme.? These assessment methods include essays, presentations, examinations, lesson plans, academic posters, curriculum packs, lesson commentaries, an independent project and practical application in a workplace setting.

Assessment procedures ensure that you gain a precise indication of your progress through the Programme, which in turn empowers you to take responsibility for your learning.? The Programme is designed to ensure that the various components of the Programme are planned so that you experience a range of assessment tasks, and that the scheduling of your assessments is balanced.

Additional Costs

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