Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Special Educational Needs
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 hours
Seminars / Tutorials
Practical A COMPULSORY MODULE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP One session of 7 hours to be held over reading week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 3 Hours   1 x written examination  50%
Semester Assessment 1 x essay of 3000 words  50%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   All failed elements of the assessments must be retaken if the students average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40 % New examination paper will be issued.   50%
Supplementary Assessment All failed elements of the assessments must be retaken if the students average mark falls below the required pass mark of 40 % New assignment titles - 1 x 3000 word essay  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an effective knowledge and understanding of key theoretical principles surrounding special educational needs.

Critically review and discuss the concepts, arguments and principles surrounding special educational needs

Critically examine legislation and practices in relation to special educational needs.

Critically evaluate and assess provisions available for pupils with SEN.

Demonstrate critical engagement with relevant source material.

Brief description

This module will explore the theoretical, ethical and policy bases of special educational needs. It will examine special educational needs before addressing some issues that practitioners face. Provision for special educational needs pupils at national, local and school levels will be discussed.


Lectures and seminars will be based on the following:
Lecture and seminar 1: What are special educational needs?
Lecture and seminar 2: Casual models of special educational needs (biogenic, behavioural, psychodynamic, sociological, cognitive and ecological)
Lecture and seminar 3: Current legislation
Lecture and seminar 4: Code of Practice
Lecture and seminar 5: Integration and inclusion
Lecture and seminar 6: Meeting varied needs 1 (autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia)
Lecture and seminar 7: Meeting varied needs (sensory impairments, physical disabilites and gifted children)
Lecture and seminar 8: Provision for pupils with SEN
Lecture and seminar 9: Managing behaviour
Lecture and seminar 10: Assessment : differentiation


This module is at CQFW Level 6