Kingston University
Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Practice Foundation degree FdA
Kingston University

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Reasons to choose Kingston

– Kingston is No.1 in London and third in the UK for Education (Guardian League Tables 2021).

– If you have a relevant foundation degree (or equivalent), this one-year course offers a route to a BA (Hons) in Special Educational Needs & Inclusive Practice.

– You’ll be able to combine your studies with work-based learning.

– 100 percent of students from this course are in employment or further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2016/17).

About this course

Do you work in a school, an early years setting or in alternative provision? Do you work with children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities? If so, this two-year foundation degree can both enhance your current practice and lead to career opportunities.

This course considers the voice and needs of the child or young person. You’ll study developmental theories, legislative frameworks that govern practice, multi-professional perspectives and working with families and carers.

This course enables you to combine academic study with work-based learning and is delivered at three partner colleges so you can study close to your workplace and/or home.


Salary of all UK Graduates of Education Studies

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £24629 £23769 £26716
25-75 percentile range £22965 - £28008 £17500 - £27452 £18804 - £31696

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Practice Foundation degree, FdA you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Teaching includes lectures, work-based learning activities, tutorials, online learning, workshops and seminars. In addition you will be supported by a work-based professional advocate. Progress is measured through assignments, demonstration of professional competence in work-based situations, and practical demonstrations that apply the knowledge you have gained. There are no written exams.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

• A relevant level 3 qualification in early years (or equivalent) • Employment in an appropriate setting (paid or voluntary) for at least 16 hours per week for the duration of the course • Normally two years' experience in an appropriate setting The selection process involves interview at the university, selection exercises and a current DBS check.

Qualification requirements

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 6.0
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Practice Foundation degree, FdA.


Tuition Fees Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Practice Foundation degree FdA

England UK £6000 year 1
Northern Ireland £6000 year 1
Scotland £6000 year 1
Wales £6000 year 1

Additional fee information

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Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Kingston University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Kingston University in related subject specific rankings.


    • #2 
    • #2 
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published ]
    • #14 
    • #19 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #32 
    • #251 
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #40 
    • #401 
    ARWU by subject - Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 26 May, 2021]

See all university rankings of Kingston University

What students say about studying Education Studies in the UK?

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  • Education Studies BA: a student's view | UCL Institute of Education

About Kingston University

Founded in 1899, Kingston University is located in the suburban town of Kingston upon Thames, London. The university’s four campuses can be found in and around the town centre, with a free shuttle bus helping students to get there. This university offers what they call Flexi-stay accommodation, which allows students to book rooms in their residence halls for periods in which they expect to be studying exceptionally hard.

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Where is this programme taught

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