Level 2 Certificate in Special Education Needs and Disability
This qualification is aimed at anyone seeking to improve their knowledge of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), either for personal or professional reasons.
Learners will consider many aspects of SEND, including the symptoms of specific conditions, legislation and guidance applicable to individuals with SEND and how such conditions affect individuals in daily life.
Free to study*
There are no specific entry requirements, however learners should have a minimum of Level 1 in literacy and numeracy or equivalent.
Unit 1: Introduction to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
In this unit, learners will explore a range of SEND conditions and the causes of these, as well as the social and medical models of disability. They will also learn about barriers that individuals with SEND might face and positive changes that have occurred over time in relation to SEND.
Section 1: Understand the different conditions categorised as SEND conditions
Section 2: Understand different models of disabilities
Section 3: Understand how the rights and support available to those with conditions categorised as SEND have changed over time
Unit 2: Understand Equality and Diversity in the Context of SEND
Learners will look at equality, diversity and inclusion within the workplace, community and wider society, as well as exploring relevant legislation and guidance in relation to SEND. They will also learn about safeguarding and the legislation surrounding this, and the different types of abuse.
Section 1: Understand the concept of equality and diversity
Section 2: Understand legislation and guidance which supports individuals with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Section 3: Understand the importance of safeguarding an individual with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Section 4: Understand the benefits of a diverse and inclusive society for an individual with SEND
Unit 3: Principles of Promoting Person-centred Approach for Individuals with SEND
Learners will learn about the person-centred approach in relation to send, and the importance of active participation for individuals. They will also look at well-being and how this can be promoted.
Section 1: Understand person-centred approaches
Section 2: Understand the importance of encouraging active participation
Section 3: Understand the importance of an individual’s well-being
Unit 4: Understanding SEND and Learning
Learners will explore different learning styles and support programmes used in educational settings. They will also learn about reasonable adjustments and how Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans work.
Section 1: Understand the importance of inclusive learning
Section 2: Understand the use of support programmes for individuals with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Section 3: Understand the role of reasonable adjustments
Section 4: Understand Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans
Unit 5: Living with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Learners will learn about neurodiversity and self-identity, as well as how societal and cultural influences can impact on individuals with SEND. They will also look at the support available for individuals with SEND and their families, as well as the effects of stigma.
Section 1: Understand the concept of neurodiversity
Section 2: Understand the concept of the self
Section 3: Understand the impact of societal and cultural influences on individuals with conditions categorised as SEND
Section 4: Understand sources of support for individuals with SEND and the families
Section 5: Understand the impact stigma has on individuals with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
All materials are provided for you to complete the course. However, you will need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning.
Course length & timescale
8 to 12 weeks on average.
*Most students over the age of 19 will be able to study these courses for free, however, please contact us if you’re aged 19-23 and do not yet have a full Level 2 qualification (five GCSEs grade 9-4/A*-C, NVQ Level 2 or higher) as additional eligibility criteria may apply.
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Level 2 Certificate in Special Education Needs and Disability.