Certificate in Special Educational Needs and Disability


13 Weeks


About the Course

An intensive, distance learning programme designed to develop the skills and knowledge of a range of SEND conditions, the relevant laws and regulations, the principles of person-centred approaches, and the support available. By enrolling on this course, you’ll explore many different aspects of SEND including the symptoms of specific conditions, and how such conditions can affect individuals in their daily lives. The content covered is invaluable to your personal and professional life, whether you’re seeking to improve your own knowledge of SEND or you’re looking to support others who are impacted by it.


This course is designed for people who work in a line management role and wish to develop their understanding of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, as well as those who have a personal interest in developing knowledge and skills to support individuals with SEND.


These courses are delivered by online learning via our Equal platform, with 1:1 coaching from our team of expert tutors.


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Course Overview

As part of the online Special Educational Needs and Disabilities course, you will develop Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours in the below areas:

  • Overview and introduction to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  • Understanding equality and diversity in the context of SEND
  • Principles of promoting person-centered approach for individuals with SEND
  • Understanding SEND and learning
  • Living with Special Education Needs and Disabilities.

Course Delivery

Self-directed study

In studying through an online course, you will be expected to do a significant amount of self-directed study. We’ll support by structuring the online Equal platform to give you manageable deadlines to keep you progressing through the units to ensure you achieve the qualification.


We would recommend you set aside a minimum of 5 hours per week over the duration of the course to ensure you are successful.


Should you need support or further explanation of a topic after completing the online learning / reading, you will have access to a dedicated tutor who will be on-hand on the phone or email to answer your questions.



You will be matched with an experienced Tutor and Learning Support Assistant (LSA) who will be your guide through the programme. They will work with you to help you set your objectives for what you want to get out of your participation. You will have a minimum of 2 structured progress reviews with your Tutor/LSA through the course. However, they are of course on hand throughout to deal with any questions as they arise.



Throughout the qualification you will be continually assessed against the qualification’s unit criteria. The online Equal platform contains all of the assessments and will prompt you to complete each assessment after completing the relevant section of e-learning.


Your Tutor will review all submitted work and provide you with feedback to help you further improve your understanding.

How You Will Benefit

  • Gain knowledge of a range of SEND conditions and the causes of these
  • Understand legislation and guidance in relation to SEND
  • Learn about the person-centred approach in relation to SEND, and the importance of active participation for individuals
  • Explore different learning styles and support programmes used in educational settings
  • Expand your knowledge of the support available for individuals with SEND and their families, as well as the effects of stigma
  • Have the opportunity to focus on your own development, supported remotely by an experienced tutor
  • Enhance your future career development.

Entry Requirements

We highly recommend that you have access to a laptop or desktop computer to best enable you to complete the assessments.


If English is your second language, we highly recommend that you complete an ESOL course before enrolling for this qualification.

Learner Journey

During your online course, you’ll work through a series of units to achieve your qualification. For more information, please download our Learner Journey map.


Download learner journey map

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