Glyndwr University

BA (Hons) Additional Learning Needs/Special Educational Needs and Disability (ALN/SEND) (with Foundation Year)

Why choose this course?

This course is for those seeking a career supporting learners across the sectors in educational settings such as mainstream schools, resource provision units, special schools, post-compulsory provision or within the local authority support services.

Planning, preparation, delivery and evaluation of a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that meets the needs of learners with ALN/SEND.

The course:

  • provides the opportunity to develop the specialist knowledge, skills and work experience needed to go straight into the workplace or teaching via a Primary Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or Post-compulsory qualification (PcET)
  • opens up additional employment opportunities in informal education settings or progression to further study
  • combines taught modules and placement experiences in a range of settings
  • enables you to interrelate the policy, theory and practice of learning and teaching for a range of learners and a range of ALN/SEND including communication and interaction needs and SpLD/Dyslexia
  • includes a foundation year, giving you the broad knowledge base and academic skills you'll need to succeed during the rest of your degree

Entry Requirements

UCAS Code: 1X53

The academic requirements for the course are;

  • 48-72 UCAS tariff points at GCE A Level or equivalent.
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above in English/Welsh (First Language), plus grade C/4 or above in Mathematics or Science, or equivalent. 


6.0 (with no individual skill score below 5.5)

Career Prospects

There are a growing number of careers within both education and community settings to support learners with a wide range of needs, and opportunities for further studies, including:

  • Primary Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • Lecturer Further/Higher Education (PcET)
  • Masters programmes
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Special/alternative Education
  • Educational Support Worker
  • Behavioural/Pastoral Support Worker

Course Details


The Education foundation year will introduce you to the theories of Child Development and how they can be applied and evidenced in practice. You will be given an overview of the concept of health and wellbeing in the early years and the importance of providing a healthy, safe and secure environment for children. You will gain a theoretical and experiential basis of the necessary skills to work with children, young people and families.


  • The Skills You Need
  • Introduction to Child Development
  • Introduction to Health and Wellbeing
  • Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • Introduction to Skills for the Workplace
  • Contextual Studies


The second-year offers students a broad understanding of some of the main issues involving work with children, young people and families. This is a core year studied by all Education students to ensure the subject foundations, key study skills and preparation for placement are all in place.


  • Learning to Learn in Higher Education
  • Child Development and Play
  • Introduction to ALN/SEND
  • Preparing for your Placement
  • Placement 1


This year builds upon the core skills gained at level 4 and introduces a specialist module specific to your study route and an optional module to choose from. A key part of level 5 is the introduction to research skills and an extended placement.


  • Supporting Children and Young People: Communication and Interaction (Specialist Module)
  • Inclusion and Diversity (Optional Module)
  • Wellbeing and Resilience (Optional Module)
  • Practice Informed Research
  • Placement 2


The final year builds upon prior learning, requires more independent study and involves students completing a research project. This year you will study two specialist modules and develop your leadership skills.


  • Supporting Pupils with SpLD/Dyslexia (Specialist Module)
  • ALN/SEND: Specialist Support (Specialist Module)
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Practice Informed Research Project
  • Placement 3


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