Certificate in the Principles of Special Educational Needs (Level 3)

Study Area: 19+
Duration: 15 Weeks
Attendance: Part Time

Course Overview

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  

Start Date

January 2024

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.


On completion of this Level 3 Certificate, there are a number of opportunities for further study including:  

Those who also have work place experience may also apply for the Foundation Degree in Early Years.

Assessment Methods

All units will be individually internally assessed using a range of methods which could include: 

  • Written and pictorial information   
  • Portfolio of evidence 
  • Oral questions and answers 
  • Scenario or case study 
  • Professional discussion

Course Fees

Course fee £811

This course is FREE if you:

  • earn below £18,525. Please get in contact for further details.
  • earn above £18,525 and do not currently hold a full level 3 qualification.

Advanced Learner Loans are also available to cover the cost of the course fees.   

This course is free for students age 16 – 18.

Additional information on fees and funding

Awarding Body

The awarding body for this programme is Open College Network West Midlands 

Certificate in the Principles of Special Educational Needs (Level 3)

Study Area: 19+
Duration: 15 Weeks
Attendance: Part Time
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