University of East London

BA (Hons) Special Education Online

This intellectually challenging and thought-provoking course is now offered online via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Moodle.  

It opens up the world of Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and offers you the chance to enter the world of work with confidence. We’ll equip you for a range of careers helping to bring about a more inclusive society. 

Our course takes you on a fascinating journey through this complex area. You'll learn about every aspect of the subject in line with government policy, including autism, speech, language and communication, challenging behaviour, disabilities, dyslexia, therapeutic teaching and learning, as well as alternative educational provisions. 

You'll develop a reflective approach to special education and critical thinking skills that are transferable to the workplace. 

You'll have access to our online student community and discussion forums so you can work with the other online students to discuss and resolve issues related to your studies.

We'll give you the opportunity to bring your own passion and experience to the course. We put an emphasis on sharing and discussing personal experiences in the online community to enrich our teaching.

Entry Requirements


96 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).
If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Alternative GCSE qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths,
  • Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and
  • Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those with no formal qualifications

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

There's an increasing demand for skills in Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and 75 per cent of our Special Education graduates go on to work or study in this field. 

Of these, 61 per cent go into caring and personal service occupations, while 18 per cent move into professional or managerial positions. 

Our teaching team's strong relationship with local schools, SEND organisations and loyal alumni means you'll have plenty of contact on the course with potential employers through work placements, mentoring, careers fairs and guest lecturers. 

As a graduate of this course you could apply to train as a teacher, for example via a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) course. The University of East London offers PGCEs specialising in SEND in primary education and a number of secondary subjects. Our staff are readily available to support you and give you advice. 

Alternatively, you might consider working within the public and private sectors as a teaching assistant in a school, or train as a speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, social worker or in the wider caring industry.

Other postgraduate avenues open to you at UEL include Postgraduate Certificates in Autism Spectrum Conditions and Learning, Understanding and Supporting Behaviour and Special Educational Needs Co-ordination. 

Course Details

This course will give you a broad and in-depth understanding of current practice, policy and theoretical concepts in the field of Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND). 

It covers the concepts of equal opportunity, inclusion, children’s rights and working in partnership and it will also give you a good understanding of teaching and learning. 

You'll learn about the historical development of special education and about specific areas such as communication and interaction, challenging behaviour, specific learning difficulties and management. 

You'll also explore theoretical perspectives on inclusion and look at actual models of inclusive practice such as the modern-day policy of teaching children with special needs in mainstream schools. 

In addition, you'll learn about educational organisations, the social context of learning and the development of children as learners. We'll show you how to evaluate the language of special needs in relation to the concepts of equal opportunity, rights and disability. 

You'll also have the chance to look at SEND from an international perspective through modules such as Critical Global Perspective in Special and Inclusive Education, which outlines international agreement, partnerships and thinking.

Year 1

Mental Wealth: Academic and Professional Skills for Life 1
Exploring Social Worlds
Key Principles for Inclusion
Emerging Research Communities
Practice module Part 1
Practice module Part 2

Year 2

Mental Wealth: Academic and Professional Skills for Life 2
Identity and Social Justice
Building Research Communities
Contemporary Issues in Education
Specific Learning Difficulties
SEND Careers

Optional Placement

This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge.
The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

Year 3

Mental Wealth: Academic and Professional Skills for Life 3
Critical and Global Perspectives on Education
Communication and Interaction
Independent Research Project

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