Certificate in Education (Post-16 Education and Training) (Specific Educational Needs (SEN)) (Part Time)

Certificate in Education (Post-16 Education and Training) (Specific Educational Needs (SEN)) (Part Time)

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This course is validated by The Open University.


The Level 5 Certificate in Education (Specific Educational Needs (SEN)) (Part Time) is designed for teachers of students with Specific Educational Needs (SEN) in the post-16 sector. A degree is not required for entry to this programme.

The programme provides content knowledge and professional practice skills relating to subject specific pedagogy in SEN practice. It aims to build a shared understanding of effective teaching and learning within specialist SEN practice across a range of complex and changing contexts in the Education and Training Sector.

There will be opportunities to interrogate a range of national and international perspectives on SEN learning and pedagogical models to inform and improve practice. You will research and recommend practices that they can enact in their own classrooms.

Through innovative teaching and learning strategies such as collaborative teaching and in-the-moment coaching, this in-service, part-time course aims to model practices that trainees can enact in classrooms across different curricula and changing contexts in the sector.

Duration 2 Years Part Time
Study mode Part Time
Start date 16/09/2019
Campus University Centre
Course code 72645-10
Fee £3,625 per academic year

What You Learn / Units

In the first year of the programme you will undertake the following three generic modules:

  • The Psychology of Teaching Learning and Assessment
  • Personal Development Behaviour and Welfare in Education and Training
  • Demonstrating Professional Knowledge and Competence

In the second year of the programme you will undertake three specialist modules, which may include:

  • Teaching SEN in the Education and Training Sector: Curriculum and Cultural Context. In this module trainees will explore the factors that influence the curriculum for young people and adults with specific needs, including contextualisation and employability.
  • Perspectives on SEN Teaching and Learning. In this module trainees will examine international differences in SEN provision, learners’ progression and societal attitudes towards SEN provision. Effective practices in SEN provision across the globe will be investigated and the outcomes of this research will be used to inform practice.
  • The Pedagogy and Practice of SEN Teaching and Learning. This practice-based module aims to provide the content knowledge and professional practice skills relating to subject specific pedagogy in SEN practice across a range of contexts in the Education and Training sector.

Benefits / Skills you will develop

You will develop the ability to:

  • Appraise evidence from a range of appropriate sources on SEN provision to arrive at recommendations for practice.
  • Apply current empirical research into best practice in SEN provision to own context.
  • Interrogate a range of pedagogical issues relating to SEN provision, with the aim of improving educational opportunities for students with particular needs in own setting.
  • Work with others to support the needs of SEN learners and develop best practice in SEN teaching, learning and assessment.

How you will be assessed

A range of assessment strategies will be used. These may include the following:

  • Teaching Practitioner File
  • Teaching observation
  • Reflective writing
  • E-presentation 
  • Evaluative Report
  • Academic poster
  • Research study

Where is the course delivered (facilities / classrooms)

This course will be delivered at the University Centre where students will have access to a HE-specific study zone, including computer facilities, and social area.

Entry Requirements

All potential applicants are required to attend and successfully pass an interview and will need to fulfil the following entry criteria to be offered a place on the programme:

  • Five GCSE subjects, including three at GCSE level Grade C or above (which must include English and Mathematics) and a minimum of two A level (minimum grade D) or equivalent qualifications. These can be in any subject.
  • A minimum of 100 hours current group teaching in a SEN context over 2 years.
  • All places are subject to a satisfactory enhanced check for regulated activity with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

How to apply

If you wish to apply for one of our part-time teacher education courses for a September 2019 start please apply here

What's Next

The Certificate in Education (Post-16 Education and Training) (Specific Educational Needs (SEN)) (Part Time) course provides routes to Qualified Teacher Learning & Skills (QTLS) status. Candidates who successfully complete the programme may wish to progress onto degree level study.

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