Certificate in the Principles of Special Educational Needs (L3)

15 weeks
1 evening/afternoon per week
Theory & Practical

Course Info

The Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Special Educational Needs is aimed at professionals working in education or carrying out a caring role in nursery nursing, teaching assistance, childcare or play work, and are looking to develop knowledge and understanding of Special Educational Needs to progress within the sector as part of a new or existing role. 

 The modules you will study are:

  • Development of Children and Young People 
  • Professional Practice in Special Educational Needs Service 
  • Understand How to Support Children and Young People to Achieve Learning Potential 
  • Understand How to Support Child and Young People with Speech, Language and Communication Needs 
  • Understand How to Support Disabled Children and Young People and those with Specific Requirements 

 All modules will be internally assessed through the production of a portfolio. This will consist of a range of materials which may include some of the following: 

  • Evidence you have produced at work 
  • Written work such as essays 
  • Case studies 
  • Witness Testimony 
  • Reflective logs or diaries 
  • Presentation and/or report 
  • Professional Discussion  


The programme is taught through a series of classes, tutorials and interactive workshops.   

One of the key strengths of our teaching at the University Centre is the amount of time we dedicate to supporting you as an individual student to help you get the best out of your programme. One-to-one tutorials with your tutor are important as they allow you to raise any particular issues you may be facing. Your tutor will be as supportive as possible in helping you work through these issues.  

Course Leader: Joe Lockwood, BA (Hons), PGCE, MA, MSET, is an experienced practitioner in a range of sectors including Social Care, Early Years, and the Voluntary and Community Sector. Joe has over 20 years’ experience in working in Disabled Children’s Services, with particular focus on working with those with complex medical needs, and Autism. A Member of The Society for Education and Training (MSET), she has presented at the annual Education and Training Foundation national conference.

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

This qualification is designed for students who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of Special Educational Needs. There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 2 qualification in, for example, learning support, social care or healthcare, early years or supporting teaching and learning. However, learners should be aged 16 or above to undertake this qualification. Applicants will be invited to an informal interview with the programme leader to discuss the course further.

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