MA Special Educational Needs (SEN)

MA Special Educational Needs (SEN) is for people working with children or young people whose development is affected adversely by difficulties in learning or by behaviour. The MA SEN course will be highly beneficial if you’re a teacher from a primary, secondary or special school, or a lecturer from a further education or higher education setting. It will also be of value to social workers and police officers, or if you work with young offenders or other caring professions.

Studying this postgraduate SEN course will enhance your knowledge of the key issues related to special educational needs, and will develop your professional awareness of this area. You’ll experience a course that caters for both academic and practitioner driven interest in special educational needs. It is compatible with the TTA SENCo standards, and has been designed to provide continuous professional, academic and personal development.

What you will study

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. You will study the specialist core module of the MA SEN Programme – Understanding Learning Difficulties/Disabilities – and in common with all of the MA Education programmes, students must take the Research Methodology module.

You will also select two optional modules from the MA Special Educational Needs programme. Examples of modules include:

Supporting Children with Autistic Spectrum
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Work and Study Placements

Those who undertake the SpLD modules, with a view to gaining accreditation from the British Dyslexia Association, will undertake a specialist teaching practice. For other students, there may be opportunities to link with specialist settings on a voluntary basis.


This course is taught at: Newport City Campus; OFF-CAMPUS


  • Part Time 1 Years Start Date: Feb 2017
    • Part Time 2 - 5 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
      • Full Time 1 - 2 Years Start Date: Sep 2017
        • Part Time 2 - 5 Years Start Date: Sep 2018
          • Full Time 1 - 2 Years Start Date: Sep 2018