MA Special Educational Needs (SEN)


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Newport (Campus code - C )



Tuition Fees

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Entry Requirements

A good first degree is preferred but experience is greatly valued. Full-time and part-time students choosing modules which have a placement component as part of the assessment process will need to provide evidence of a current enhanced DBS check (or its equivalent if an EU or international student).

Full-time students wishing to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the Internship Scheme will also need to provide evidence of a current enhanced DBS check (or its equivalent if an EU or international student).

  • If English is not your first language you should be able to demonstrate a level of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (minimum score of 5.5 in each band)

Interviewed Course

All candidates will be interviewed.


The MA Special Educational Needs is for people working with children or young people whose development is affected adversely by difficulties in learning or by behaviour

About MA Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Essential Information

If you are a teacher from primary, secondary or special school; a lecturer from a further education or higher education setting; social worker; police officer; working with young offenders or other caring professions then the MA SEN course will be highly beneficial.

On the Masters you will enhance your knowledge of a number of key issues related to Special Educational Needs and will develop your professional awareness of this area. At Newport, you will experience a course that caters for both academic and practitioner-driven interest in special educational needs.

There is a wide range of specialist modules to choose from, providing the opportunity to have a postgraduate course specifically tailored to meet your individual professional needs. The MA Special Educational Needs is also compatible with the TTA SENCo Standards and has been designed to provide continuous professional, academic and personal development.

What you will study

You will study the specialist core module, Understanding Learning Difficulties/Disabilities. On completing this module, you will be expected to make a decision to specialise in a particular subject area. You will select two optional modules from the MA Special Educational Needs programme.

Examples of modules include:

Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties
This specialist module relates to the increasing numbers of children and adolescents with problems in understanding (because of poor receptive skills) and in being understood (because of poor expressive skills).

Specific Learning Difficulties
Focuses not only upon specific difficulties in literacy and numeracy, but addresses the wider spectrum of potentially associated conditions eg Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health
This focuses on the causation, presentation and implications of mental health difficulties in children and young people.

Supporting Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
This is an introduction to ASD module in which you will examine a wide range of strategies that can be used to support children with ASD.

In addition, in common with all of the MA Education programmes, students must take the core module Research Methodology.

Awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level (after completion of two taught modules) and Postgraduate Diploma level (after completion of four taught modules).

To complete the full MA you will present a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word research dissemination plan.

Learning, Teaching and Assessment for MA Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Learning and Teaching methods

Assessment methods

Modules are normally assessed by a written assignment of 5,000 words.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects for MA Special Educational Needs (SEN)


An MA award demonstrates that you have developed advanced level skills in analysis, evaluation and research.

If you are interested in the possibility of gaining a higher degree by research, your tutors will be pleased to discuss the opportunities for doing so here at the University of South Wales.

Work and Study Placements

Those who undertake the two SpLD modules, with a view to gaining accreditation from the BDA will undertake a specialist teaching practice. For other students, there may be opportunities for linking with specialist settings on a voluntary basis.

Additional Information for MA Special Educational Needs (SEN)