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Special Educational Needs (SEN) - Advanced

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Overview

People with special educational needs have a higher chance of leading happy, fulfilling and successful lives provided they have the right support. This is why SEN education must be offered to carers, teachers, parents, teaching assistants and society as a whole if we want everyone to thrive, regardless of their learning or personal difficulties.

That’s where this SEN advanced course comes in. Ideal for those who already have some knowledge of special needs, this course allows students to develop a deeper understanding and awareness of this complex issue. Starting off by defining the key principles of special education needs and investigating the two models of disability, this course will then delve into important SEN topics such as autism, speech and language and emotional difficulties. The scope of such material will enable students to effectively assess, identify and know how to best support moderate learning difficulties in a range of contexts.

With a strong focus on supporting special needs in schools, this advanced SEN online course is perfect for current or aspiring teaching assistants or teachers. However, this qualification is just as useful to anyone who works or spends time with individuals who have learning difficulties, as well as those who want to better understand special educational needs.

How does the course work?

Students who study our special needs course online have the freedom to fit their education around other commitments, such as work and family life. This is because, from the moment you enrol on this SEN advanced course, you will have access to all the required course learning materials, so you can choose when and where to allocate your study time. As a result, the amount of study hours is dependent on how much time you dedicate to your studies as well as how well you grasp the learning materials.

After each lesson, you will be given a question paper which you will need to complete and send to your tutor. You should allow 1-2 hours of study time to each paper. The approximate amount of time to complete this course is 120 hours.

Modules

Module One: Definitions and key principles of special educational needs (SEN)
 
At the end of this module, students will be able to:
 

1. Outline a working definition of special educational needs referring to the law and what this means in practice

2. Provide a brief explanation of the main theories of learning development

3. Explain what personalisation is, how it is different from differentiation in learning, and how it may be beneficial to children with SEN

4. Understand key principles of coaching and mentoring for children with SEN and how parents can assist, and be assisted, with supporting the learning process

5. Understand the different ways in which children with SEN can be monitored and assessed for outcome achievement

 
Module Two: Moderate learning disabilities
 
At the end of this module, students will be able to:
 
1. Outline the main ‘events’ throughout education history that have informed our current working knowledge defining moderate learning disabilities, and of educating children with these

2. Provide a brief explanation of the two models of disability, and explain ‘false opposition’ and its implications on the ways in which we educate children with moderate learning disabilities.

3. Understand perceptions of, and attitudes to children with moderate learning disabilities, and how to make these more positive in the classroom

4. Understand the effects moderate learning disabilities can have on a child’s abilities to form long-term social relationships

5. Understand effective processes of assessing and identifying moderate learning disabilities

 
Module Three: Autism
 
At the end of this module, students will be able to:
 

1. Outline the condition of autism according to the triad of impairments and sensory problems, and understand how these might affect a young person’s learning

2. Explain some of the key psychological theories about autism

3. Provide a brief overview of a variety of interventions, including TEACCH that can be used at school to assist a child with autism in learning

4. Help to assist with identifying the needs of a child with autism (strengths & weaknesses profile, SCERTS assessment process, self-assessment, pupil involvement)

5. Discuss how teachers and assistants at school can assist parents and families with educational support of their child

 
Module Four: Behavioural, social, and emotional difficulties
 
At the end of this module, students will be able to:
 

1. Understand the difficulties a child may have around social skills and emotional competencies, and how this may affect them at school

2. Understand the government ‘social and emotional aspects of learning’ (SEAL) programme.

3. Understand the principles of the five main psychological approaches to understanding behaviour

4. Understand the ways in which genetic factors are understood to link with environmental factors and influence behaviour in children.

5. Describe some of the therapeutic approaches that can be used to help children with behavioural, social, and emotional problems

 
Module Five: Specific learning difficulties
 
At the end of this module, students will be able to:
 

1. Understand the core features of the four main specific learning difficulties, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia

2. Explain the principles of good practice associated with teaching reading and writing

3. Describe good practice approaches for teaching children with dyscalculia

4. Describe the ways in which dyspraxia can affect a child’s learning, and how certain teaching practices can assist the learning process

 
Module Six: Speech and language, and global communication issues
 
At the end of this module, students will be able to:
 

1. Describe the different aspects of speech, language, and communication issues that may be experienced by pupils, and which pupils may be more at risk of these problems

2. Describe typical speech and language development milestones

3. Understand the principles of Wave 3 interventions for SLCN, and how these can be made effective

4. Understand the principle of provision mapping, and how it can help children with SLCN

5. Understand how to set targets and measure the progress of pupils with SLCN

Requirements

There are no requirements for previous qualifications or experience to enrol on this course. It is available to all students.

Assessment

Assessment for this course is online through our Virtual Learning Environment. Learners are required to submit assignments after each of their 6 units followed by a 'Final' paper.

 

Certification

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Level 4 Special Educational Needs (SEN) - Advanced Certificate of Achievement

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that learndirect has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by learndirect to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

To view a sample of the ABC Certificate of Achievement, please click here.

Developing your career

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will have an in depth knowledge of issues and practices which surround SEN. If you wish to extend on this knowledge, you can choose to apply for a degree in a related area.
It is possible to enter into different career roles which are specific in helping learners with special needs and learning disabilities. One of the most common being an SEN teacher, these can work in specialist SEN schools, nurseries or even colleges, offering great satisfaction and earning potential.
 
More jobs relating to this course include:
 
Teaching assistant
Carer
Nursery nurse

People with special educational needs have a higher chance of leading happy, fulfilling and successful lives provided they have the right support. This is why SEN education must be offered to carers, teachers, parents, teaching assistants and society as a whole if we want everyone to thrive, regardless of their learning or personal difficulties.

That’s where this SEN advanced course comes in. Ideal for those who already have some knowledge of special needs, this course allows students to develop a deeper understanding and awareness of this complex issue. Starting off by defining the key principles of special education needs and investigating the two models of disability, this course will then delve into important SEN topics such as autism, speech and language and emotional difficulties. The scope of such material will enable students to effectively assess, identify and know how to best support moderate learning difficulties in a range of contexts.

With a strong focus on supporting special needs in schools, this advanced SEN online course is perfect for current or aspiring teaching assistants or teachers. However, this qualification is just as useful to anyone who works or spends time with individuals who have learning difficulties, as well as those who want to better understand special educational needs.

How does the course work?

Students who study our special needs course online have the freedom to fit their education around other commitments, such as work and family life. This is because, from the moment you enrol on this SEN advanced course, you will have access to all the required course learning materials, so you can choose when and where to allocate your study time. As a result, the amount of study hours is dependent on how much time you dedicate to your studies as well as how well you grasp the learning materials.

After each lesson, you will be given a question paper which you will need to complete and send to your tutor. You should allow 1-2 hours of study time to each paper. The approximate amount of time to complete this course is 120 hours.

Modules

Module One: Definitions and key principles of special educational needs (SEN)
 
At the end of this module, students will be able to:
 

1. Outline a working definition of special educational needs referring to the law and what this means in practice

2. Provide a brief explanation of the main theories of learning development

3. Explain what personalisation is, how it is different from differentiation in learning, and how it may be beneficial to children with SEN

4. Understand key principles of coaching and mentoring for children with SEN and how parents can assist, and be assisted, with supporting the learning process

5. Understand the different ways in which children with SEN can be monitored and assessed for outcome achievement

 
Module Two: Moderate learning disabilities
 
At the end of this module, students will be able to:
 
1. Outline the main ‘events’ throughout education history that have informed our current working knowledge defining moderate learning disabilities, and of educating children with these

2. Provide a brief explanation of the two models of disability, and explain ‘false opposition’ and its implications on the ways in which we educate children with moderate learning disabilities.

3. Understand perceptions of, and attitudes to children with moderate learning disabilities, and how to make these more positive in the classroom

4. Understand the effects moderate learning disabilities can have on a child’s abilities to form long-term social relationships

5. Understand effective processes of assessing and identifying moderate learning disabilities

 
Module Three: Autism
 
At the end of this module, students will be able to:
 

1. Outline the condition of autism according to the triad of impairments and sensory problems, and understand how these might affect a young person’s learning

2. Explain some of the key psychological theories about autism

3. Provide a brief overview of a variety of interventions, including TEACCH that can be used at school to assist a child with autism in learning

4. Help to assist with identifying the needs of a child with autism (strengths & weaknesses profile, SCERTS assessment process, self-assessment, pupil involvement)

5. Discuss how teachers and assistants at school can assist parents and families with educational support of their child

 
Module Four: Behavioural, social, and emotional difficulties
 
At the end of this module, students will be able to:
 

1. Understand the difficulties a child may have around social skills and emotional competencies, and how this may affect them at school

2. Understand the government ‘social and emotional aspects of learning’ (SEAL) programme.

3. Understand the principles of the five main psychological approaches to understanding behaviour

4. Understand the ways in which genetic factors are understood to link with environmental factors and influence behaviour in children.

5. Describe some of the therapeutic approaches that can be used to help children with behavioural, social, and emotional problems

 
Module Five: Specific learning difficulties
 
At the end of this module, students will be able to:
 

1. Understand the core features of the four main specific learning difficulties, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia

2. Explain the principles of good practice associated with teaching reading and writing

3. Describe good practice approaches for teaching children with dyscalculia

4. Describe the ways in which dyspraxia can affect a child’s learning, and how certain teaching practices can assist the learning process

 
Module Six: Speech and language, and global communication issues
 
At the end of this module, students will be able to:
 

1. Describe the different aspects of speech, language, and communication issues that may be experienced by pupils, and which pupils may be more at risk of these problems

2. Describe typical speech and language development milestones

3. Understand the principles of Wave 3 interventions for SLCN, and how these can be made effective

4. Understand the principle of provision mapping, and how it can help children with SLCN

5. Understand how to set targets and measure the progress of pupils with SLCN

Requirements

There are no requirements for previous qualifications or experience to enrol on this course. It is available to all students.

Assessment

Assessment for this course is online through our Virtual Learning Environment. Learners are required to submit assignments after each of their 6 units followed by a 'Final' paper.

 

Certification

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Level 4 Special Educational Needs (SEN) - Advanced Certificate of Achievement

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that learndirect has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by learndirect to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

To view a sample of the ABC Certificate of Achievement, please click here.

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will have an in depth knowledge of issues and practices which surround SEN. If you wish to extend on this knowledge, you can choose to apply for a degree in a related area.
It is possible to enter into different career roles which are specific in helping learners with special needs and learning disabilities. One of the most common being an SEN teacher, these can work in specialist SEN schools, nurseries or even colleges, offering great satisfaction and earning potential.
 
More jobs relating to this course include:
 
Teaching assistant
Carer
Nursery nurse

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