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BA (Honours) Education with Autism, Disability and Special Educational Needs

Year of Entry 2023/24
BA (Honours)

Education with Autism, Disability and Special Educational Needs

For many people, education can be a challenge. This course allows you to explore new perspectives and make a real difference to people's lives.

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What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £15,860 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? B037
When do I start? September 2023
Placement year available? Yes

Course summary

  • Thrive in an inclusive and supportive environment.
  • Debate current developments in education and special education.
  • Explore approaches to autism, disability and SEN.
  • Develop skills in working with a diverse range of learners and professionals.
  • Build your employability by gaining real-world experience.

On this course, you’ll use the latest theories and research to explore real-world education issues such as challenging behaviour in the classroom, or supporting friendships at school. You’ll develop a broad knowledge and experience of education policy and practice, while developing a specialism in autism, disability and special educational needs. You’ll graduate with an eye-catching professional and academic portfolio.

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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You’ll benefit from a teaching approach that is grounded in the personal and professional experience of both staff and students.

Throughout the course, you’ll experience diverse learning, teaching and assessment methods to ensure you can realise your full potential.

You will collaborate with your tutors to model create inclusive teaching strategiesenvironments, such as non-verbal flash-cards, and challenge accepted ideas and practices.

You learn through

  • challenging your own thinking
  • lectures + visiting speakers
  • individual reflection
  • engaging inclusively with peers
  • class debates
  • group tutorials
  • actively collaborating with others
  • real-world projects and placements
  • opportunities to study abroad

All assessment is coursework based.

Course leaders and tutors

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Stephanie Hannam-Swain
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Applied learning

Work placements

You undertake placements in different workplaces each year, such as schools, voluntary groups and informal educational organisations. This enables you to explore a range of potential employment opportunities during the course and gives you substantial real-world experience to prepare for your future career.

Our partnership team help you find the right placement for you. You will be in a placement setting two days per week that usually lasts up to 8 weeks during a semester on each year of the course.

Live projects

On the course, you’ll take part in live projects, collaborating with real educational and disability organisations. These are a chance to share your knowledge and work collaboratively with local communities.

Networking Opportunities

You will meet and work with a range of educational professionals and organisations, on placement and during taught sessions.  Our Careers and Employability team and your tutors will also introduce you to relevant professional and research networks.

Developing attributes such as curiosity, independent thinking and integrity, alongside skills such as reflection, evaluation and digital literacy opens doors to a wide range of post-degree possibilities.

At each level of the course, you will be supported to reflect on the experience you are gaining and will develop focused action plans to scaffold your ongoing professional journey

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • teaching and education
  • social work and social care
  • public and community services
  • social policy and research

Previous graduates have gone on to work in

  • compulsory, further and higher education settings
  • education recruitment agencies
  • city councils
  • development trusts
  • homecare providers
  • further study, including MAs in education, social work and development psychology.

A sizeable proportion of our Education graduates train as teachers by completing a one year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), having a specialism will help differentiate you from other applicants. All students gaining an Honours degree are guaranteed an interview for a Hallam PGCE course subject to terms and conditions*.

*Candidates for PGCE courses will require GCSE grade C or Grade 4 in English Language and mathematics and science, or equivalent and usually a 2.2 degree or above. Candidates will also need to successfully complete the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the DfE.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BBC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4

Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Suitability Declaration

You must fully declare the following information on the application form during the admissions process:

  • unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
  • involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
  • involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check

  • you will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
  • you will need to present valid identity documents (PDF) as part of the DBS application process
  • if you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check. Further information on obtaining an overseas criminal record check.
  • where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Academic Administration Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.

We consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff. Applicants with alternative qualifications or a combination of qualifications and work experience are also considered. We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Inclusive Practice: Thinking Differently About Education Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Language, Learning And Diversity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Philosophies Of Education Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Placement: Introducing Professional Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Politics And Policy In Education Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Challenging Ideas Of Autism, Communication And Behaviour Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Ethics In Education Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: International Perspectives On Education Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Personal And Professional Perspectives On Special Education Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Placement: Developing Professional Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Social Justice In Education Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Debating Education: Exploring Contemporary Issues Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Education In The Digital Age Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Educational Identities Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Placement: Reflecting On Personal And Professional Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/24 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £15,860 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


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