Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Education Studies, Social Inclusion and Special Needs

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

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UCAS code: XX31

What you'll study

The BA Education Studies, Social Inclusion and Special Needs programme is built on a framework of social justice, with an emphasis on key themes in working with children and young people.

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

In the first year, you will explore fundamental themes including special educational needs and disability; human rights and diversity, a historical and political approach to education; studying and learning in Higher Education; learning development and ways of increasing participation for all young people and children.

Second year

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Your second year comprises an in-depth look at the ways in which children and young people can be supported in their learning, with a specific focus on different special needs. Furthermore, you will examine policies designed to ensure the well-being and safeguarding; of children and develop your own understanding and interests in regards to research through different methods. This year also offers an opportunity to study abroad or gain valuable work experience in an alternative educational or industry setting in the UK, as part of the programme.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

In year 3 you have the opportunity to refine your learning further, by selecting from some of the following themes: engaging with voices in inclusive settings; leadership and management in children’s workforce; democratic and student-led learning, creativity and innovation in education; informal and non-formal learning in education and an independent research dissertation which focuses on your own particular professional and theoretical interests.

Additionally you will have the opportunity to study toward Forest School certification, which allows you to facilitate children’s learning experiences in outdoor contexts. Guided Sight training will provide you with certification and practical advice on how to support children and young people with a visual impairment, whilst considering its implications for people with other disabilities.

“Coming to Hull enabled me to learn something I am passionate about, work for some great organisations and volunteer for some brilliant causes.”

Katie Hobson

More about this course

This three-year degree is distinctive in being fully focused on employability. By undertaking observations in schools and other alternative provision, you will be able to apply your theoretical knowledge in practical environments. It responds to the crucial need for professionals working with groups and individuals in social, educational and administrative settings to have a broad knowledge and understanding of social inclusion and the issues this presents to contemporary society. Flexible in its make-up, this programme also allows you to take specialist professional pathways such as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or a MA in Social Work.

Hull is a pioneer in delivering innovative learning aligned with current practice. You will engage in debates on contemporary issues and explore experiential learning through student-led projects. Recent pilot schemes have seen students receive mobile devices, reflecting the integration of technology in real-world settings. Such focus on digital and practical skills set you apart from those studying elsewhere who may receive a more theoretical emphasis in their learning. Your Job prospects are further enhanced through study in different contexts, such as outdoor learning, museums and alternative provision, whilst you can gain practical experience through schemes such as Guided Sight training.

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Our teaching staff

Set yourself up for a rewarding career making a real difference to the lives of children, young people, and adults.

Strong partnerships with hundreds of schools, colleges, community organisations and early years settings

Specialise in a particular age range and master advanced teaching methods taught by expert staff.

A diverse range of routes into teaching includes undergraduate programmes that incorporate Qualified Teacher Status.

Entry requirements

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

104 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Fees and funding

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


Future Prospects

This course reflects the resulting high demand for well-trained professional practitioners, and is tailored to prepare you for the employment market.

Employment options following graduation are varied. You may decide to focus on community, social or family support work, choosing professions such as a parent support worker, a professional supporting young children with additional needs and their families, a professional working in an inclusion team within a school, a role within the charitable sector. You could also apply the skills you learn to other areas of the public and private sectors.

In addition, you may wish to choose a pathway to further study and training. Opportunities include programmes such as a Masters degree in Social Work or Educational Psychology, Postgraduate Certificate in Education or Schools Direct.