Special Education Online BA (Hons)

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UCAS code: XC62 112 UCAS points
  • BA (Hons) Special Education Online, home applicant, full time

    • This course is in Clearing

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 3 years
    • Pound 9250 per year
  • BA (Hons) Special Education Online, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time
    • pro rata full time fee, two pathways 3/4 modules per year
  • BA (Hons) Special Education Online, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time
    • Pound 14820 per year

What makes this course different


Optional placement year available.

1st in London

Our Teacher Training courses ranked 1st in London for “Assessment and Feedback” (National Student Survey 2023, Results published 10 August 2023)

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Percentage of our graduates who work in Special Educational Needs, of which, 61% work in care and personal services while 18% progress to professional or managerial positions (Unistats, 2017).

Course modules

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

As a graduate of this course, you could apply to train as a teacher, for example via a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) course. The University of East London offers PGCEs specialising in SEND in primary education and a number of secondary subjects. Our staff are readily available to support you and give you advice.

Industry links

Our teaching team's strong relationship with local schools, SEND organisations, and loyal alumni means you'll have plenty of contact on the course with potential employers through work placements, mentoring, careers fairs, and guest lecturers.

Graduate employers

Graduates have gone onto work for London boroughs, schools and NHS trusts.

Job roles

Typical roles which our graduates have gone on to are subject leader and primary teacher. Alternatively, you might consider working within the public and private sectors as a teaching assistant in a school, or training as a speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, social worker, or in the wider caring industry.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

Further study

We offer a wide range of master's degrees in special education, early childhood or leadership in education, should you choose to specialise further.

Other postgraduate avenues open to you at UEL include Postgraduate Certificates in Autism Spectrum Conditions and Learning, Understanding and Supporting Behaviour, and Special Educational Needs Coordination.

Education Studies Online
The role of SENCO is key within schools, and this course supports SENCOs to develop their knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence in the area of SEND and leadership. Students are supported by tutors who have in-depth knowledge of the demands of the role. They can access support via email, using discussion boards on the Virtual Learning Environment and through face-to-face tutorials."
Nicole Whitelaw

PGCert Special Educational Needs Coordination Course Leader

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, and further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting-edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

This digital platform provides you with careers and employability resources, including: 

  • Jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work 
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you've mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

Our Mental Wealth programme

We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top:

  • Work-based projects
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations
  • Support in starting a new business
  • London on our doorstep

How you'll learn

You'll be taught by staff with relevant experience and practice to ensure you learn from real-life experience and research. We offer online teaching, allowing you to interact as if you were there in person. Students can interact and collaborate online in any of these live-streamed sessions. Live-streamed sessions will also be recorded, so you can log in when you want, playback, and watch from the comfort of your home and whilst on the go.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled lectures or workshops, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This will typically involve skills development through online study, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects and preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, specialist facilities, such as game labs, the library, the full Microsoft Office software, including MS Teams, and Moodle: our Virtual Learning Environment.

Academic support

We are investing in key areas beyond your studies including our career services, library, and well-being, to be available both face-to-face on campus and online with many of these available 24/7. Students are supported with any academic or subject-related queries by an Academic Adviser, module leaders, and former and current UEL students. 

If you need a bit of extra help with certain skills such as academic writing, English, maths, or statistics, our Academic Tutors offer workshops, drop-in sessions, and one-to-one appointments to help our students achieve their potential. 

You can receive advice and guidance on all aspects of the IT systems provided by the university from our IT Service Desks located on all three campuses. Our Student Support hubs in Docklands and Stratford feature centralised helpdesks to cater to your every need. We have new, modern library facilities on both campuses offering inspirational environments for study and research. 

Libraries contain resources in print and digital formats, a range of study spaces, and a dedicated librarian who can assist with your learning. UEL provides support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs). Your overall workload consists of class and online tutor-led sessions, individual learning, and practical activities.

Dedicated personal tutor

Our aim is to prepare our students for a broad range of careers so that they can make amazing contributions to their communities. When you arrive, we'll introduce you to your personal tutor. This is the member of staff who will provide academic guidance, support you throughout your time at UEL, and who will show you how to make the best use of all the help and resources that we offer.


Your overall workload consists of entirely online sessions, individual learning and practical activities.

Your timetable

Your individual timetable is normally available within 48 hours of enrolment. All distance learners' timetables are asynchronous and your learning materials will be released at the beginning of every week.

Class sizes

Approximate class sizes: 40 in online academic drop-ins.

How you'll be assessed

Assessment tasks are mainly spread across the year to make the workload manageable. Assessment methods include group work, exams and individual work including essays, presentations, case studies, professional development and practical activities depending on the nature of the course. All grades count towards your module mark. More details will be included in the student handbook and module guides. You will always receive detailed feedback outlining your strengths and how you can improve. We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 15 working days, although you will receive immediate feedback following many of our face-to-face assessments.


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Who teaches this course

This course is delivered by School of Education and Communities

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.


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What our students and staff say

Docklands Campus Children's Garden
Without a doubt, the best thing about my course at UEL is the dedicated and knowledgeable lecturers that I've been taught by. I'm well supported in my learning. I feel valued in the classroom and inspired to learn and progress further in my field."

James Bennett

Special Education BA (Hons) undergraduate

Happy Students
I enjoy the variety of topics we cover on my course. They have raised my awareness of current issues and relevant theories that explicitly relate to the education sector and situations that I might face in a classroom in the future."

Diane Griffiths

Third year student