MA Inclusive Education – Bath Spa University

Key facts

Award
MA Inclusive Education, PG Dip Inclusive Education, PG Cert Inclusive Education
School/s
School of Education
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
One year full time, or up to five years part time.

Entry requirements

You’ll need a good first degree and will be typically working in an educational setting. Students who have completed the National Award for SENCo are able to accredit their prior learning (APL) towards the MA Inclusive Education.

Please contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Develop expertise in inclusive education at a time of significant educational reform.

  • Develop knowledge and skills in inclusive education and SEN for expert practitioners.
  • Explore the impact of new legislation and policy at a local and national level.
  • Develop your professional practice as a leader within education.

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The Master's in Inclusive Education focuses on the issues that concern the inclusion of learners. These include the philosophical, ethical, and legal aspects that can impact the provision of education in different settings.

The concept of inclusion is challenging and wide-ranging, and you'll be given the opportunity to engage critically with the policy and practice of inclusive education, as well as opportunities to develop your knowledge in specialist areas of SEN.

The MA is also ideal for SENCos who have completed the National award for SENCo and wish to continue their studies, and Accredited Prior Learning (APL) is available.

What you'll learn

Overview

Through a combination of taught academic sessions at Master’s level, and self-directed study, you'll gain in-depth knowledge of this field, and how it influences the way students (children, young people, and adults) experience education in various national and international contexts.

Course structure

Contemporary Issues in Inclusive Education
You'll explore how inclusion is exercised in education settings and how you can become agents of change at work by acquiring a deeper understanding of the barriers to inclusion. Taught sessions provide an understanding of the ways in which vulnerability and learners’ additional needs impact on the climate of the classroom and the culture of a school or educational setting.

Identifying and Supporting Learners with SpLD/Dyslexia 1
This module provides an introduction to the theory and practice of teaching learners with SpLD/Dyslexia, with a focus on the key elements of specialist teaching. You'll examine the role of education in contemporary societies, and explore how educational reform is constructed and implemented to deliver social and economic change.

Identifying and Overcoming Difficulties Learning Mathematics
This provides you with an introduction to the theory and practice of teaching learners with difficulties in learning Mathematics.

Assessment Methodology for SpLD/ Dyslexia (AMBDA)
This is a module for students who have completed the PG Cert Dyslexia (ATS) and wish to progress to gain their AMBDA.

SEN and Inclusion: Autism Spectrum (Children)
This module is for teachers, SENCOs, and other professionals working with children and young people on the autism spectrum, and is designed to increase their knowledge of the subject. 

English as an Additional Language (EAL)
You'll have the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills you need to make informed decisions about the learning and development of a child with English as an Additional Language (EAL). 

Independent Study
Explore an area of inclusive education which is of interest to you, with tutor support.

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.

  • Contemporary Issues in Inclusive Education
  • Identifying and Supporting Learners with SpLD/Dyslexia
  • Social and Educational Inclusion in Schools and their Communities
  • Identifying and Overcoming Difficulties Learning Mathematics
  • Assessment Methodology in SpLD/Dyslexia
  • Inclusive Teaching and Learning
  • SEN and Inclusion: Autism Spectrum
  • English as an Additional Language
  • Independent Study
  • Research Methods in Social Science
  • Research and the Professional Part 1
  • Research and the Professional Part 2
  • Dissertation

How will I be assessed?

Assessment takes a range of formats, including a range of written assignments e.g. critical reviews of literature, reflective accounts, presentations, and reflective commentaries. You'll also complete a final Dissertation.

How will I be taught?

The degree is delivered through a variety of workshops, lectures, seminars, and practical sessions.

Opportunities

Careers

The MA in Inclusive Education is designed for those who are working in education as teachers or programme leaders, as well as those who wish to learn more about this field and how it influences the way students (children, young people, and adults) experience education in various national and international contexts.

The MA is also ideal for SENCos who have completed the National Award for SENCo and wish to continue their studies.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The award is primarily taught at our Newton Park campus, however, some modules may be held at Corsham Court.

Resources

You'll have access to Bath Spa University's:

Fees

UK and EU students part time

Course fees
2020/21 entry £7,400
2021/22 entry Published Jan 2021
2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2020/21 ENTRY

Course fees

Year 1 £3,700
Year 2 Published Jan 2021

2021/22 ENTRY

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022

2022/23 ENTRY

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023

International students full time

Course fees
2020/21 entry £13,700
2021/22 entry Published Jan 2021
2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022

AMBDA fees

Some students may wish to take the Assessment Methodology for SpLD/Dyslexia (AMBDA) as a standalone module. If you're doing this, the cost for the AMBDA will module will be £1,240.

There is an additional Professional Practice fee for MA Inclusive Education students which also applies for the AMBDA module. The fee amount for this will be £500. 

If you have any questions about fees please email myfinance@bathspa.ac.uk

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You’ll need a good first degree and will be typically working in an educational setting. You should be interested in the inclusion of vulnerable learners and be able to demonstrate a strong drive to improve outcomes for learners.

Students who have completed the National Award for SENCo are able to accredit their prior learning (APL) towards the MA Inclusive Education.

International students whose first language is not English are required to have a minimum language level of IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

Accreditation of Prior certificated Learning (APL) can be offered if you have successfully completed previous Level 7 modules at another university. We accept APL for our PG Dip or Master’s qualifications. As a guide, up to a maximum of 60 credits may be credited towards a Master’s Degree and 60 credits towards a PG Dip. We will require a full transcript from the awarding university.

It is also possible to gain accreditation for other kinds of professional developments by compiling an independent study portfolio of professional development (APEL – Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning). For further information about gaining credits in this way please contact admissions@bathspa.ac.uk

APL only applies if the credits were gained within five years of the start of your MA studies.

If you'd like to apply under this certification with a PG Cert in SENCO or PG CERT in SPLD/Dyslexia, please use the links below: 

Want to apply for this year? 

Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.

Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.

Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Helen Curran
Email: h.curran@bathspa.ac.uk

"MA Inclusive Education" is a name revision to the programme currently running as MA Vulnerable Learners and Inclusion."

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