Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Education, Social Inclusion and Special Needs (top-up)


Year of entry:
UCAS code: X361

What you'll study

Top up your foundation degree (or equivalent) into a full Bachelors degree on this one-year course, which has a strong emphasis on employability.

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.

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.

  • Education, Inequality and Social Justice

    Study the role of education in overcoming inequality and promoting social justice – and how a holistic approach to educational equality can help make schools truly egalitarian institutions.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

“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

The course explores creative ways of engaging with people from a range of educational backgrounds. You’ll reflect on current educational policy and gain a broad 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 HESA 2018).
  • Placement in an educational setting in each trimester, letting you apply your knowledge in practical situations.
  • Study in different contexts – such as farms, museums and outdoor environments (including certified training in Forest School Practice).
  • The course allows you to follow specialist professional pathways such as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or an MA in Social Work.

This degree focuses on giving you a practical and relevant skill set through innovative, engaging teaching. You’ll investigate ways to remove barriers to participation, have your views about certain social groups challenged, and learn how digital technology and mobile devices are influencing learning.

As well as on campus here in Hull, you can also study this course from Hong Kong via distance learning.

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.

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

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

Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements include:

  • HND Higher National Diploma in related subject plus some work experience with 0 - 5 year olds
  • Foundation Degree in related subject (level 5) and substantial experience of working with 0 - 5 year olds
  • English Language/Literature at Grade 4 or C or above
  • For international applicants, UG Diploma (240 credits with 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5)
  • If your first language is not English, you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency

The department additionally requires a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check (or international equivalent) as a condition of entry.

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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: Fees for Home/EU students have not yet been confirmed for 2020/21. 2019/20 fees were £9,250 per year*. The University sets fees in line with Government direction.
  • International: £14,500 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

After successful completion of this top-up programme, you’ll be able to practice at level six. The degree will enable you to begin working in alternative settings supporting children and young people with additional needs. You'll also gain the skills and experience to progress to achieving a PGCE and teach children with additional needs.

Throughout the programme, you will be offered opportunities to develop your employment and transferability skills through certified training in Forest School Practice, and additional training in British Sign Language and Guided Sight Training.