BA (Hons) Education, SEN and Mental Health

BA (Hons) Education, SEN and Mental Health

Investigate concepts that are central to inclusive education, such as disability, difference, wellbeing, labelling and inclusion. Immerse yourself in the history, theories and policies surrounding these concepts. Consider different philosophical perspectives, value positions and educational ideologies that have been used to explain approaches to education and childhood. Challenge your preconceptions and consider the meaning and implications of these ideas for individuals, education and society as a whole.

You will benefit from studying alongside students on related courses. Together you will learn about:

  • How children and young people develop
  • Child protection and safeguarding requirements
  • How specific groups of learners may be labelled and stereotyped, leading to marginalisation and exclusion
  • Mental health in children and young people
  • The impact of disability, socio-economic status, trauma and abuse on development and education.

The specialist knowledge you will gain by choosing Education, SENI and Mental Health BA (Hons) includes:

  • The psychology of learning and education, considering how children create develop, understand, retain and retrieve knowledge
  • Neurodiversity and its implications for inclusive practice, investigating some of the cognitive, social and communication differences experienced by autistic learners and those with specific learning difficulties (SpLD)
  • Critical debates in SEN and disability, such as prenatal screening and diagnosis, sexual relationships, and employment discrimination.
  • Contemporary issues surrounding the role of technology in educational contexts.

This course will provide you with both a comprehensive understanding of education, SEN  and mental health, and valuable practical experience in this field. You will gain at least 105 hours of work experience through the Learning in Practice module.

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

This course is ideal if you want to work as a special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) in a school. You will need to complete a PGCE and National Award for SEN Coordination to pursue this career. We offer both of these postgraduate courses at York St John University, so you could choose to complete your training here. 

The skills and knowledge you gain could also lead to a career as a:

  • Family support worker
  • Youth and community worker
  • Local government or housing
  • Police officer
  • Social researcher
  • Careers advisor
  • Charity worker
  • Pastoral role in education

Course Details

Year 1

Academic and Professional Literacies
Child Development
Protection and Safeguarding in Context
Psychology of Learning and Education
Effective Communication and Teamwork
Special Educational Needs and Inclusion

Year 2

Neurodiversity and Learning
Mental Health and Wellbeing
Questioning the Purpose: Philosophies of Childhood, Family and Education
Learning in Practice
Social Divisions, Inequities and Inclusion
Learning as a Researcher

Year 3

Contemporary Issues: Local, National, Global
Inclusive Practice: Local, National, Global
Critical Debates in SEN and Disability
Trauma-Informed Practice
Digital Learning: Friend or Foe?

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