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DISABILITY STUDIES IN EDUCATION BA (HONS)

UCAS Code: X11C|Duration: 3 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
Work placement opportunities|International students can apply
Overview
Curriculum
Entry Requirements
Careers
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Combinations

ABOUT THE COURSE

Disability Studies is an academic field that recognises disability is fundamental to all human lives. It acknowledges the wider history of oppression and discrimination experienced by disabled people and seeks to educate people to challenge those inequalities. Informed by this perspective, the Disability Studies in Education degree examines the relationship between disability and education at all life stages and in a wide range of educational contexts.

On this degree, you will undertake a critical exploration of disability and education in a wide range of contexts, from the ways in which compulsory education responds to the needs of disabled children, young people and adults, to the ways in which arts-based and cultural organisations work with disabled people and images of disability.

There is also a compulsory placement that will enable you to enhance your understanding of course themes and demonstrate your abilities to work in a professional context.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, tutorials which typically have no more than 10 student, and workshops. You will also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.

In your first year of study, there are approximately 12 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 10 teaching hours each week in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you will be expected to spend 12-14 hours studying independently each week, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments that you may have. This degree also has a compulsory placement.

ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK

During your degree, there are a variety of different assessments to ensure you are given a range of opportunities to demonstrate your knowledge, skills and understanding of the academic and professional components of the degree. These include written exams, essays, portfolios, poster and other presentations, and case studies.

You will receive formative and summative feedback. This will include written feedback with opportunities for a one-to-one discussion of feedback with your tutors.

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

Your academic development is embedded in the curriculum and progresses through each level of study.


YEAR ONE

In your first year, you will begin to develop an understanding of the broader field of disability studies, and how to apply that to education. Themes explored include the history of disability and the education of disabled children, as well as educational ideas and practices that cause disablement and inequality. You will also study cultural representations of disability, including those found in the news, advertising, literature, charities, comedy and film.

Your first year of study also includes conceptualising disability across the life-course, including perspectives on birth, childhood, youth, adulthood, ageing and death. Finally, you will look at policy and legislation across the life-course, including the Equality Act, Community Care Act, Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act.

YEAR TWO

In your second year of study, you will begin to recognise the importance of cultural representations of disability for young adults and the implications of this for education and society more broadly. You will look at compulsory educational contexts and the relationship between impairment and the educational provision. You will critically explore the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice and contemporary practice.

Your second year includes researching disability and learning the importance of researching alone and undertaking research with your peers. Other topics studied include transitions and sexuality in relation to adolescence and young adults, intersectionality and sexuality, as well as international comparisons of disability, adolescence and working with young adults.

As part of your second year, you will also go on a compulsory work placement. This may be a school setting but may also be a cultural setting or voluntary organisation in order for you to develop an appreciation of education in non-compulsory settings.

YEAR THREE

In your final year, you will develop and design creative approaches to inclusive education, using ideas and techniques at the forefront of disability studies. Themes studied include the intimate and complex relationship between disability, identity and the cultural representation and production of disability.

You will be able to recognise and challenge dehumanising practice in education, as well as appreciate the relationship between disability and other aspects of identity.

Your final year of study also includes an independent research project for your dissertation.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS


A-LevelsBBB-BBC
UCAS Tariff Points120-112. UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications
BTECDDM-DMM
Access to HE120 - 112 Tariff Points
IB26
Irish Leaving Certificate120 - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
Welsh BaccalaureateThis qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
Subject RequirementsNo specific subject requirements

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Specific Country RequirementsSelect your country
IELTS6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5

CAREERS

This degree offers excellent preparation for a range of careers including teaching and social work as well as work with organisations that are led by and on behalf of disabled people. The degree also offers a route into postgraduate study including MA Disability Studies.

On graduating, you will be able to advocate for those identified as having a special educational need and/or disability. You will also have the confidence to further the understanding of others. You will have developed relevant research skills and methodologies and have the ability to critically reflect on theory, policy and practice in relation to Special Educational Needs and Disability.

ENHANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Work Placement Opportunities

In your second year of study, there is a compulsory work placement. This may be a school setting but may also be a cultural setting or voluntary organisation in order for you to develop an appreciation of education in non-compulsory settings. The emphasis on work with cultural organisations will enable you to apply your insights from disability studies.


SALA

The Service and Leadership Award is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.


Study Abroad

As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.


TUITION FEES

The tuition fees for 2018/19 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.

If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.

The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

As well as tuition fees, you will need approximately £200 to purchase any necessary texts during your three years of study. There will also be travel costs when you go on placement, this usually costs around £100.

You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation webpages for further details about our Halls of Residence.

SCHOLARSHIPS

We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.

INTERNATIONAL TUITION FEES

The International tuition fees for 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.

Visit our International fees page for more information.

COURSE COMBINATIONS

This degree is only available to study as a Single Honours.

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GOOD TO KNOW:
  • Links with agencies and disability organisations 
  • Integration with the University’s Research Centre for Culture and Disability Studies (CCDS)
  • Excellent preparation for working with and on behalf of disabled people in a range of contexts

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