Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Special Educational Needs
Academic Year
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Assignment 1  2000 Words  50%
Semester Assessment Assignment 2  2000 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Assignment 2  All failed elements of the assessments must be retaken 2000 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Assignment 1  All failed elements of the assessments must be retaken 2000 Words  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:
Understanding key terminology
Models of disability
Current legislation
Code of practice
Integration and inclusion
Meeting varied needs- autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, sensory impairments, physical disabilities, ADHD and social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Occasional descriptive statistics in lectures and sources.
Communication Communication techniques are a vital element throughout lectures and seminars. Spoken communication throughout seminar activities. Written communication throughout written assessments.
Improving own Learning and Performance Feedback from the written assignment and personal reflection during seminar tasks encourage improved performance.
Information Technology Written assignments should be word-processed and one of the seminar tasks requires the development of a PowerPoint presentation.
Personal Development and Career planning Not developed in this module.
Problem solving An essential element in the process of critical assessment.
Research skills Research is required for the main assessments and some of the seminar tasks.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Seminar activities provide many opportunities for team work, including group presentations and debates.


This module is at CQFW Level 6