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Programme Details

Programme Length

MEd 180 credits
PgDip 120 credits
PgCert 60 credits

The programme is available both as online study and through face-to-face delivery


Fundamental to the programme is the belief that all learners have the same rights and are of equal worth, irrespective of their current level of attainment, cultural background, race, gender or age. All learners have the right to be educated alongside their peers, and young people's needs are best met through systems of shared responsibility.

The programme aims to help practitioners review and enhance the learning experience of all children and young people, including those with additional support needs. It endeavours to give experienced practitioners the time, opportunity and support to examine existing practice in the light of new research-informed knowledge and insights. It also aims to enable practitioners to build upon the range of experiences and different perspectives found amongst groups of colleagues supporting pupils with additional support needs, in a variety of contexts and settings, by exposing these to sustained discussion and critical appraisal.

A central feature of the course is the use of collaborative enquiry as a tool for creating new knowledge and transforming practice, by synthesising literature, personal and professional reflection and practice.

Another feature of the programme is its strong focus on transformative professionalism - an enhanced and extended professionalism which has at its core the need for practitioners to take evidence-based action to generate professional knowledge and move practice forward. This form of professionalism, in contrast with older formulations, is characterised not by self interest and external regulation, but rather by the motivation to contribute to the collaborative development of practice and make informed contributions to professional debate.

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Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Inclusive Practice

To achieve the Postgraduate Certificate 60 SM points must be achieved. To achieve the Diploma a total of 120 SM points must be achieved

The available courses are:

  • Inclusive Pedagogy (30 SM points) (online only)
  • Exploring Difference and Diversity (30 SM points)(face to face only)
  • Participation and Learning (15 SM points) PLUS An Introduction to Autism and Its Implications for Classroom Practice (15 SM points) OR Literacy Difficulties and Dyslexia (15 SM points)
  • Curriculum Transformation and Change (30 SM points)
  • Professional Enquiry (30 SM points)

Masters Degree in Inclusive Practice

On completion of a Diploma in Inclusive Practice students can achieve a Master’s Degree by undertaking a Work-based Project (60 SM Points) OR Dissertation (60 SM Points).


Formative assessment is a feature of all courses. Formative and summative assessments are designed to arise naturally from the work. Assignments focus directly on workplace applications.

Applicants will be graduates and will be qualified teachers or other professionals working in a school setting. They must able to undertake studies related to their own practice in their workplace setting.

The English Language Requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE).

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