The BA Learning and Teaching with SEND is firmly rooted in professional practice and combines scholarly activities with learning through reflection on experience in working environments. This course will help you develop knowledge and skills in supporting learners, delivering teaching, and facilitating learning, with optional modules which allow you to develop knowledge and expertise in more specialist areas relevant to your practice and areas of interest.
In year one, you’ll develop your academic and study skills and focus on learning theories and theories of child development, inclusion, and SEND. Core modules in later years cover the development of teaching skills, curriculum and assessment, educational policy and perspectives, issues and ethics, learning resources, and educational research.
You will also choose modules from options that focus on areas such as dyslexia, autism, counselling skills, coaching and mentoring, leadership, the use of stories, learning identities, and mental health. There is also a placement option available.
You will engage in a final year project on a subject of your choice.
The modules shown below represent typical content/components and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions
Introduction to Typical and Atypical Child Development - the spectrum of child development from typical to atypical (relating to SEND) and from pre-birth to early adulthood
How Do Learners Learn – the nature and complexities of learning and the implications for lifelong education
Inclusion and Special Educational Needs and Disability - current and historical policy and practice relating to learners with SEND; the nature of and arguments for inclusive practice
Academic and Professional Skills for Learning and Teaching – the academic skills necessary for successful independent learning at university
Developing Teaching Skills to Meet Learners' Needs - how specific teaching approaches can enable learning, and some of the fundamental skills required for effective teaching of diverse learners, including those with SEND
Education Perspectives and Policy – perspectives and policy in relation to educational settings; both their theoretical underpinnings and the process of policy development in education
Introduction to Dyslexia
Using Stories to Develop Learning
Working with Others in Children’s Services
Application of Counselling Skills
Coaching and Mentoring
Work-Based Learning in Settings for Learners with SEND
Curriculum and Assessment in Teaching and Learning - critical analysis of the design and purposes of the curriculum with which you are familiar, considering how they have been socially and politically constructed
Understanding Education Research – key educational research methodologies and the critical analysis of a range of research projects in education, including reflection upon research and its outcomes in relation to educational settings.
Creating Learning Resources – theories underpinning the development of learning resources through applying appropriate methodologies to support the development of a new learning resource
Introduction to Dyslexia
Using Stories to Develop Learning
Young People, Families, and Mental Health
Researching the Learning and Teaching Sector – educational research for those working directly with learners
Issues and Ethics in Professional Practice – decision-making in educational practice, based on local and national policies as well as up-to-date ethical theory
Dissertation – you will pursue in-depth a topic, issue, or research question of your choice from a learning and teaching perspective. Through independent research, you will evaluate and apply a range of theoretical models to practice and will demonstrate an advanced level of analysis and synthesis in a research project report.
Learning and teaching
Teaching is imaginative and supportive to ensure that you are intellectually stretched and to enable you to become an independent learner. Group sizes are small, enabling you to engage actively and be well supported, and sessions take place both on-campus and online.
You will learn through a mixture of campus-based blended learning opportunities:
face to face seminars on campus for each module, in which you will be encouraged to explore concepts and share your applications to practice in your teaching and learning contexts. Active learning and a range of different approaches to learning will cater for a variety of needs and preferences, for example, pair and small group discussions, whole class debates, group analysis of case studies, and video content
group tutorials developed and negotiated with you in line with your needs and interests in order to support your learning; for example, Q&A, peer study support and mentoring and assignment workshops. These will take place both on-campus and online
individual academic personal tutorials which are supported by a range of online resources and tools covering topics such as wellbeing, career development, and academic and personal skills
multimedia online learning resources available on the University Virtual Learning Environment where the learning materials, sources, and resources for each module, including session recordings will be available
personal study using online and library resources and sources
visits to educational providers and attendance at events at the University of Leeds, in the region and beyond including conferences
Learning opportunities will be delivered by the programme team, who have years of experience as educational professionals in a range of fields, with the addition of visiting speakers relating to particular specialisms, experience, or roles in the sector.
You’ll also be given opportunities to attend talks and seminars on a range of subject areas which are delivered across the Lifelong Learning Centre. You’ll also be invited to engage in our Community of Practice, where existing and alumni students share experiences and expertise relating to practice, career development, and opportunities.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
The programme is assessed entirely through coursework, with a wide range of assessment types that are authentic and relevant to work in the sector, for example, planning and delivering a micro-teach session to peers on a topic of your choice or developing a scheme of work for a group of learners with which you are familiar.
You’ll be provided with opportunities to focus on topics of interest in your assessments; for example, to choose an area of SEND and deliver a short presentation to your peers. There is also scope to negotiate assessment titles with module tutors on some modules.
You’ll be encouraged to draw and reflect on your own experiences of learning and supporting learning, in order to explore and analyse how theories of learning and teaching and published research can be applied to real-life contexts.