Special Education Needs and Disability

This qualification is aimed at anyone seeking to improve their knowledge of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), either for personal or professional reasons. 


Fully-funded via the UK Government in the form of the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

  • Free online course


  • Course duration

    8-12 weeks average course length

  • Support

    Expert tutor support available

  • Learning Method

    Online learning materials with online assessment

  • Awarding body


Overview of Special Education Needs and Disability

Qualification aims

Learners will consider many aspects of SEND, including the symptoms of specific conditions, legislation and guidance applicable to individuals with SEND and how such conditions affect individuals in daily life.

Course units

To gain this qualification, learners must achieve the 5 mandatory units.

Introduction to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

In this unit, learners will explore a range of SEND conditions and the causes of these, as well as the social and medical models of disability. They will also learn about barriers that individuals with SEND might face and positive changes that have occurred over time in relation to SEND.

Understand equality and diversity in the context of SEND

Learners will look at equality, diversity and inclusion within the workplace, community and wider society, as well as exploring relevant legislation and guidance in relation to SEND. They will also learn about safeguarding and the legislation surrounding this, and the different types of abuse.

Principles of promoting person centred approach for individuals with SEND

Learners will learn about the person-centred approach in relation to send, and the importance of active participation for individuals. They will also look at well-being and how this can be promoted.

Understanding SEND and learning

Learners will explore different learning styles and support programmes used in educational settings. They will also learn about reasonable adjustments and how Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans work.

Living with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Learners will learn about neurodiversity and self-identity, as well as how societal and cultural influences can impact on individuals with SEND. They will also look at the support available for individuals with SEND and their families, as well as the effects of stigma.

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Gain a nationally recognised level 2 accredited certificate.

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Been in the UK or EU for three years for purposes other than study.


19+ at the start of the academic year.


  • Not on an apprenticeship.
  • Not completed any part of the course before.
  • 19-23-year-olds must have a level 2 or higher prior to attainment.
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