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The SEND & Inclusion ProgrammeOnlineMaster of EducationValidated by Middlesex University


Graduation Day photo 2022Our postgraduate-level SEND and Inclusion Programme enables you to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip), or the full Master of Education (MEd) by studying a variety of modules to enhance your understanding of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Inclusion.

Tailor your programme of study to suit your interests and your setting’s particular needs with our wide range of modules, such as Autism Spectrum Conditions, Speech, Language and Communications Needs, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs and more!

Whether you’d like to gain a PGCert (60 credits), a PGDip (120 credits), or the full MEd SEND and Inclusion (180 credits), we can help you to achieve a respected qualification through flexible, practice-led learning that works around you. We also offer an Inclusive Educational Leadership Programme for those looking to develop their leadership skills.

This programme is developed, delivered and assessed by Real Training, awarded and quality assured by Middlesex University.

How will you benefit?

Add real value to your educational setting

  • Bring expertise in-house and save money.
  • Develop practical skills, tutored by experienced professionals.
  • Access a wealth of practical resources, academic research and interactive materials to support you.
  • Develop your confidence to support the most vulnerable and complex children in your school effectively.
  • Start implementing improvements to provision and practice from the start of the course by following our practice-led learning approach.

Develop real competence

  • Use efficient and effective online learning with embedded activities that relate to actual case studies.
  • Take part in self-paced study time of up to 25 hours based on HCPC proficiency standards.
  • Embrace a supportive online community with tutor-supported learning.

Enhance professional expertise

  • Demonstrate your competence with confidence.
  • Develop a good working knowledge of the law in this area.
  • Work effectively alongside families and professionals to support young adults.
  • Make a firm contribution to developments and initiatives.
  • Build your own knowledge and skills, which you can then share with colleagues and implement across your setting.

Learn on the job

  • Harness your day-to-day professional experience and work with your tutor to develop your skills.
  • Theories, reflection, and activities will help you to explore aspects of your own and others’ practice.

Engage with flexible e-learning

  • Study online and integrate your learning into your working day.
  • Fit your studies around work and life commitments
  • Take part in engaging modules that draw on a broad range of learning tasks and practical experience.
  • Work closely with your peers and dedicated tutors online.
  • Experience mentoring and work placements that really complement your learning.
  • Access Campus Online, our sophisticated online learning platform which offers the latest technologies: video and multimedia content, case studies and problem-based scenarios, directed reading, structured learning logs, online discussion, online questionnaires, peer evaluation and student forum.
  • Attend optional webinars with subject matter experts. These are recorded and uploaded for you to access at a later date if you aren’t able to attend live.

Study modules in your own time and pace

  • Benefit from total flexibility for your studies. There aren’t any live sessions so you won’t need to interrupt your working schedule or arrange cover.
  • Access your course materials anytime, as long as you have a good internet connection.
  • There aren’t any internal assessment deadlines (just a final submission point), so you can organise your workload according to professional and personal commitments.
  • Choose to book for just one module initially, or map out your entire programme, it’s up to you. 

Connect with your peers

  • Interact with your peers using our advanced learning platform and our unique student forum.
  • Share best practice and seek advice from your peers and tutors online.

We will ensure that you never feel lonely or unsupported in your studies.

Liaise with experienced tutors

  • Enjoy dedicated specialist support from a broad range of experienced tutors, many of whom are working in educational settings so are familiar with the challenges you face.
  • Work with a learning coach, professional tutor and received dedicated support from the tutor team — made up of experienced SENCOs, SEN consultants, school leaders and educational psychologists (EPs).

Choose a start date that suits you

Cohorts begin in January, May, or September.

The next cohort begins on 15 May 2024. Book and enrol before 15 May 2024 to join our next cohort.

Modules that make up the SEND and Inclusion Programme

Discover the essential curriculum

Choose from a broad range of subjects:

Please note:

Some of our modules have specific eligibility criteria. Please see the individual module pages for more information.

If you’d like to achieve a PGDip or MEd in SEND and Inclusion, your programme must include one of our enhanced application and reflection modules which are; NASENCO, iSENCO, Leading Inclusive Practice, Auditing and Leading Improvement or Evidence and Pedagogy for Inclusion.

You must complete Enquiry-Based Practice as the final part of your programme to be awarded a Master of Education in SEND and Inclusion.

*If you have studied Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing or Certificate in Psychometric Testing, Assessment and Access Arrangements, you can join the SEND and Inclusion programme as if you have 30 credits.

What makes up a PGCert, PGDip, and the MEd SEND and Inclusion?

Choose from our core, recommended and optional modules to achieve the required number of credits for your chosen qualification.

A PGCert requires 60 credits

A PGDip requires 120 credits

The full MEd in SEND and Inclusion requires 180 credits

If you’d like to achieve a PGDip or MEd, your programme must include one of our enhanced application and reflection modules which are; NASENCO, iSENCO, Leading Inclusive Practice, Auditing and Leading Improvement or Evidence and Pedagogy for Inclusion.

You must also complete Enquiry-Based Practice as the final part of your programme to be awarded a Master of Education in SEND and Inclusion.

What are the pathways?

You can achieve a PGCert, PGDip or MEd in SEND and Inclusion by gaining credits from a combination of the modules listed above as well as any credits brought into the programme by Recognition of Prior Learning. Our courses are uniquely flexible, allowing you to build a programme to suit your own individual needs and interests, without any required elements.

However, if you are looking for a more specialist qualification related to your role or a role that you are aspiring to hold, we have introduced 3 pathways you could follow: 

These pathways comprise core and recommended modules which focus on your preferred specialism. However, there is flexibility in the programme for you to choose modules from another area of interest, in place of the recommended modules. The combination of both these elements enables you to tailor your programme to the needs of your setting, your interests or the direction you would like your career to take.

We also offer an Inclusive Educational Leadership Programme, for delegates looking to develop key leadership skills and enhance their understanding of developing and working in an inclusive educational setting.

How will you be assessed?

You will need to produce:

  • Pre- and post-course self-assessment of skills, knowledge, and confidence.
  • Continuous self-evaluation via questionnaires.
  • Written contributions to collaborative discussion.
  • Activities and submissions which will be evaluated by your tutor.
  • Written case studies, projects, reflections and critiques related to the topic of your chosen module. 

Where indicated by your tutor, you may submit multimedia resources that you have produced within your applied practice as part of your final portfolio of evidence.

How are modules delivered?

Our courses are delivered through Campus Online, our unique provision for online learning.

Campus Online allows you to study at your own pace, without the need to travel, or commit to particular dates or times. Log in to access your study materials, contact your personal tutor for support, connect and network with other delegates and make use of the extensive resource library.

You can easily track your progress throughout the course and submit your work and evidence of assignments for feedback.

Are you eligible?

You will need to hold an undergraduate degree.

You will need to be working in an educational setting for this programme. If you aren’t currently working in an educational setting you will need written permission from a senior member of staff to regularly access a setting. We can show you the best way to do this, enabling you to carry out our learning activities in your chosen setting. As part of this process, you will also need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Visit GOV.UK for more information.

Please note: Some of our modules have specific eligibility requirements. Please check the course pages for more information.

Are you based in an international setting?

This programme is available online and can therefore be completed anywhere in the world. The programme content is designed and written with both UK and international settings in mind.

Please click here for advice on payment options and other information relevant to those studying outside of the UK.

How much does it cost?

We offer a flexible range of fees to suit your finances. Please refer to the module pages to see the cost of each individual module.

The cost of a PGCert with Real Training (made up of 60 credits) varies, typically you could expect it to cost between £2,495 + VAT and £2,990 + VAT.

The cost of a PGDip with Real Training (made up of 120 credits) varies. Typically, two 30 credit modules and one 60 credit module will cost approximately £5,485 + VAT.

The cost of a Master of Education in SEND and Inclusion (MEd SEND and Inclusion) with Real Training (made up of 180 credits) varies. Typically, four modules (of 30 credits each) and the obligatory Enquiry-Based Practice module will cost £8,475 + VAT.

To find out the exact cost, visit the module pages linked above.

Speak to us on +44 (0)1273 358080 or make a booking.

When do the courses start?

Cohorts begin in January, May, or September.

The next cohort begins on 15 May 2024. Book and enrol before 15 May 2024 to join our next cohort.

As it takes time to process your application and payment, we strongly recommend that you register as soon as possible, so that you don’t miss the next intake.

Please note, this programme is currently subject to approval.

How long does it take to achieve the full MEd SEND and Inclusion?

It depends. Most delegates tend to complete the programme within 3-5 years. It usually takes a year to complete a module, however some delegates will choose to study 2 modules at a time. It also depends if a delegate has existing credits that they can bring into the programme, for example from our CCET, CPT3A, NASENCO or iSENCO courses.

Delegates may be able to bring in credits they have achieved with another provider. If you think this could apply to you, find out more about Recognition of Prior Learning.

You are able to take breaks between the modules if need be, however, as long as you return to complete the programme within 5 years, your credits will remain valid.

Meet the Programme Leader

Katie Hickin

Katie Hickin at GraduationKatie has worked within educational settings for a decade as a teacher, a SENCO and a member of the Senior Management Team. Now working for Real Group, Katie is the Academic and Professional Lead for our postgraduate programmes. She also leads and tutors on several modules on the SEND and Inclusion Programme, including the NASENCO and iSENCO qualifications.

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