Foundation Degree (FdA) Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Inclusive Practice


Validated by and delivered on behalf of Kingston University, this Foundation Degree combines academic study and work-based learning. Upon completion, students will have the option to progress on to an Honours Degree and/or gain Qualified Teacher Status/Early Years Teacher status.

Introductory course information

Award: Foundation Degree (FdA) Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Inclusive Practice

UCAS Code: X360

Institution Code: K84

Location of study: Kingston College, Kingston Hall Road

Awarding body: Students who complete the course successfully will receive a foundation degree from Kingston University.

Course duration: 2 years (full-time)

Academic year dates: Full-time course: September 2018 - June 2020

Days of the week: Work-based learning, delivered one afternoon a week at College between 2pm-6pm (precise day to be advised).

Work placements: Applicants need to be currently employed or doing voluntary work for no less than 16 hours a week.

Timetables: Timetables are normally available at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

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Entry requirements

  • This Foundation Degree is for students with a Level 3 qualification in Childcare and at least two years’ experience of working with children with special educational needs.
  • Applicants need to be currently employed or doing voluntary work for no less than 16 hours a week.

PLEASE IGNORE ANY CUT-OFF DATES THAT YOU SEE ON UCAS. We recruit up to the end of August.

Course overview

The course is divided into modules, worked through in stages, with experienced practitioners acting as mentors offering support, knowledge and experience. At the end of the course you will be awarded 240 credits. Applicants must be working with children with additional needs. We actively support students with additional learning needs, for example dyslexia.

Module information

This award requires the accumulation of 240 credits, 120 for each year of study. Modules studied include:

Year 1:

  • Personal and professional development through reflective practice
  • Learning, teaching and development in the field of special and inclusive education
  • Child protection and ethical practices of working with children
  • Inclusive practice

Year 2:

  • International systems to support learning
  • Leadership in the field of special and inclusive education
  • Effective communication skills
  • Special project

Teaching and learning


You are taught through a combination of lectures and practicals. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will use industry-standard equipment and have access to labs and library facilities throughout your course.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the Undergraduate Centre, and our computer laboratories.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning, and assessment activity. Your actual contact hours may vary at each level of the course.

Academic support

Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • academic writing (including how to reference)
  • research skills (in conjunction with the library)
  • critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Our Student Support Services help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia. Visit their pages for more information.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.

Course costs and financial support

Fees: For the academic year 2018-19 the tuition fees for this course are:


Inflation linked tuition fee rises: The College may decide to increase tuition fees year on year at a reasonable rate in line with inflation. Any increases would not exceed the Office for Budget Responsibility’s forecast for RPI-­‐X (the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments). This intention will be clearly advertised on the College’s promotional material.


The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • annual printing allowance

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

  • additional printing over and above the annual allowance
  • the cost of books and equipment that you might wish to purchase.


Accommodation and living costs are not included in the fees: This information can be obtained from our Accommodation page.


Sources of financial support: You may be eligible to apply for additional support. Details can be obtained from our Money to Study page.


Bursaries, scholarships and prizes: The College also provides a number of scholarships and prizes for undergraduate students, for which you may be eligible to apply. Some of these are available to students on any course, and some have specific conditions. You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support, along with their value and application deadlines, at our Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes page.

Careers and progression

On successful completion of this course, students may progress onto a "top up" year of a BA (Hons) Degree course at Kingston University or another HE provider. Upon achieving a BA (Hons) Degree could progress to acquiring Early Years Teacher status or Graduate Teacher status or undertake an MA.

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