Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Education Studies, Social Inclusion and Special Needs

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: XX31

What you'll study

This programme responds to the need for professionals in social, educational and administrative settings to have a broad knowledge of social inclusion.

First year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

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.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Skills for Academic Success

    This module runs across all first year education programmes, providing you with the essential study skills that you need in order to succeed at university. Studying, learning and assessment processes at university are different to those at school and college, so this module helps you to develop these essential skills.

  • An introduction to Educational Policy and Learning

    What would you do if you were in charge of education in your country? As an introduction to how policy shapes our learning and teaching, you'll have the chance to design your own education policy as Education Minister of a country. You can introduce any policy you want, as long as you are prepared to explain why.

  • An Introduction to Perspectives on SEND

    Reflect on media sources and narratives from people with SEND, and present rationales for their position. Guidance will be offered throughout to develop these perspectives and consider alternative positions by working collaboratively in small groups and presenting collective arguments in student-led debates.

  • Learning Across the Lifespan

    This module introduces the concept of learning and development throughout the lifespan. It will help you recognise how different cultural, environmental and social contexts influence individual learning and development by analysing a diverse range of theories applied to the study of individual development.

  • Inclusion, Diversity and Rights

    This module introduces the key principles of inclusion, diversity and rights. It explores the historical context of and important milestones on the way to inclusion. These issues are examined in relation to exclusion, segregation and integration. The module progresses from the 1896 Committee on Defective and Epileptic Children through to the present day.

  • Social Inclusion in Education

    This module examines current thinking and research in the area of social inclusion in education. This includes an examination of the role of policy and initiatives in both offsetting and reinforcing social disadvantage, relating to particular groups of children and young people.

Second year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

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. You will also 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.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Education Research Methods

    This module provides knowledge essential to carry out successful educational research. By exploring research methodology and methods, you'll gain skills in designing questionnaires, interviews, observations and analysing research reports.

  • Safeguarding and Promoting the Wellbeing of Children and Young People

    You will be introduced to the statutory framework for safeguarding and promoting the well-being of children and young people in educational settings in England. You'll consider the historical and social context of safeguarding and child protection with opportunities to research contemporary concerns such as modern child slavery.​

  • Inclusive Strategies for Children with Special Needs and Disability (SEND)

    This module aims to explore the characteristics of particular groups of learners defined as having ‘special educational needs’. You'll gain an understanding of the individual characteristics that may be presented by learners in these groupd. More importantly, the emphasis will be on ways of organising learning environments so as to meet every child’s needs.

  • Work Based Pedagogy in Practice

    Placement experience in the UK or overseas is the basis for increasing employability skills. Experiencing different cultures and employers develops confidence and supports early career choices, all of which are shared at the student conference.

Final year

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.

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 and informal and non-formal learning in education. You will also undertake 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.

Core modules

Core and compulsory modules are fundamental to achieving the learning outcomes for your course and must be studied.

  • Engaging with Voices in Inclusive Settings

    This module focuses on finding ways of listening and responding to marginalised voices of children and young people. It seeks to redress the balance between the predominant voices of "experts" and those experiencing marginalisation by developing an understanding of a variety of methodological participative tools, which can be used to bring about this shift in thinking.

  • Informal and Non Formal Education and Learning

    Although often unacknowledged, informal or non-formal learning is happening all around us through voluntary and community organisations, in youth and community work, through on-line communities and in the workplace. In this module, you will evaluate a site of informal learning chosen by you and gain insight into the crucial, yet often hidden, role informal and non-formal learning plays in society.

  • Education for Personal, Social and Emotional Wellbeing

    By taking this module, you will critically consider the complex issues relating to and affecting children's and young people's wellbeing, and the extent to which education and learning communities have the potential to enhance and nurture pupil welfare.

  • Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

Optional modules

Optional modules let you tailor the course to your interests. Please note, the availability of optional modules can vary each trimester. And some modules may require prior study (taking an earlier module, for example).

  • Creativity in Education

    Experience approaches to learning that encourage creative critical thinking. Creativity is observable in all areas of education and children's realities, including school, nursery, home and play. All children have creative abilities and it is our responsibility as educators to facilitate and encourage the creative capacities of thinking, originality, innovation, resourcefulness, individuality, vision, self expression and artistry.

  • Education, Inequality and Social Justice

  • Leadership, Management and Team Working

    This module introduces aspects of leadership, management and team working in the context of children's services and education. As well as traditional views of leadership and management. There is also a focus on leadership and management in the 21st century and the collaborative approaches that support effective team working.

“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 a career-focused course. It responds to the crucial need for professionals in social, educational and administrative settings to have a broad knowledge and understanding of social inclusion and the issues it presents to society.

  • Gain a view of education from the perspective of social justice, psychology, sociology and social policy.
  • 98% of our education studies students are in work or further study six months after graduating (UK domicile full-time first degree leavers; Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the academic year 2016/17, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2018).
  • Enhance your prospects by studying in different contexts, such as outdoor learning, museums and guided sight training.
  • This flexible programme allows you to take specialist professional pathways such as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or an MA in Social Work..

This three-year degree is distinctive for its focus on employability. By carrying out observations in schools and other alternative provision, you'll be able to apply your theoretical knowledge in practical environments.

Teaching and learning

Throughout your degree, you’re expected to study for 1,200 hours per year. That’s based on 200 hours per 20 credit module. And it includes scheduled hours, time spent on placement and independent study. How this time’s divided among each of these varies each year and depends on the course and modules you study.

Scheduled hours typically include lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and supervised laboratory and studio sessions. The types of scheduled lessons you’ll have depend on the course you study.

Placement hours typically include time spent on a work placement, studying abroad, or field trips.

Independent study is the time outside your scheduled timetable, where you’ll be expected to study independently. This typically involves coursework, assignments, reading, preparing presentations and exam revision.


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Second year



Final year



Written assessment typically includes exams and multiple choice tests.

Practical is an assessment of your skills and competencies. This could include presentations, school experience, work experience or laboratory work.

Coursework typically includes essays, written assignments, dissertations, research projects or producing a portfolio of your work.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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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

2019 Tariff points: 104 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

  • Applicants should also have GCSE English Language/Literature at Grade 4 or C or above

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 26 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with merits in a minimum of 30 credits
  • CACHE L3 Extended Diploma: C

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

Any offers made are conditional on the results of an enhanced DBS check.

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

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation - but capped to the Retail Price Index (RPI).

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.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover most costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examination).

There are some extra costs that you might have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary.

  • Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the library, but you may want to buy your own copies
  • Optional field trips
  • Study abroad (including travel costs, accommodation, visas, immunisation)
  • Placement costs (including travel costs and accommodation)
  • Student visas (international students)
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own)
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Professional-body membership
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography)

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

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.