Special Educational Needs & Disability Studies BA (Hons)UCAS Code: X11C|Duration: 3 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
Work placement opportunities|International students can apply|Study Abroad opportunities
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 Special Educational Needs & Disability Studies degree examines the relationship between disability and education in a wide range of educational contexts.
On this degree, you will undertake a critical exploration of disability and education 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 and on behalf of disabled people
You will have the opportunity to undertake a placement in the second year of your course. This will enable you to enhance your understanding of the relevance of disability studies to a professional context.
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
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.
Your academic development is embedded in the curriculum and progresses through each level of study.
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 an introduction to the broader field of the social sciences via a course in the Applied Social Sciences . You will explore current social issues alongside students in Criminology, Sociology and studies in Childhood and Youth. This introduction offers you an important introduction to the application of the social sciences to current ‘real world’ contexts with a particular focus on Liverpool.
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.
In your final year, you will select an area of study from a range of Advanced Research Courses relating to disability studies. Themes studied include the intimate and complex relationship between disability, identity and the cultural representation and production of disability as well as courses designed to more specifically engage with the application of disability studies to education.
You will be able to recognise and challenge dehumanising practice in education and society, 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.
|UCAS Tariff Points||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|
|Access to HE||112 Tariff Points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||This qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications|
|Subject Requirements||No specific subject requirements|
International entry requirements
|Specific Country Requirements||Select your country|
6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5. We also accept a wide range of International Qualifications. For more information, please visit our English Language Requirements page.
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.
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.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) 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.
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.
The tuition fees for the 2022/23 academic year 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.
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 pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
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 2022/23 are £11,400.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This degree is only available to study as a Single Honours.