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Level 2 Special Educational Needs and Disability Certificate

Part Time

Course Overview

This TQUK certificate will equip learners with a detailed understanding of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), including equality and diversity in the context of SEND and legislation and guidance that helps promote this. Learners will also look at how a person-centred approach can benefit individuals living with SEND, how SEND conditions can affect learning and how to support those living with SEND and their families.

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.

Course Content

This course is split into five manageable units:

Unit 1: Introduction to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

  • Including the range of SEND conditions and the causes of these, social and medical models of disability, barriers that individuals with SEND might face and positive changes that have occurred over time in relation to SEND

Unit 2: Understand equality and diversity in the context of SEND

  • Including equality, diversity and inclusion within the workplace, community and wider society.  Also relevant legislation, including Safeguarding and guidance, in relation to SEND

Unit 3: Principles of promoting person-centred approach for individuals with SEND

  • Including person-centred approach in relation to SEND and the importance of active participation for individuals and the promotion of well being

Unit 4: Understanding SEND and learning

  • Including different learning styles and support programmes used in educational settings. Reasonable adjustments and how Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans work.

Unit 5: Living with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

  • Including neuro-diversity and self-identity; as well as how societal and cultural influences can impact on individuals with SEND.  Support available for individuals with SEND and their families, as well as the effects of stigma

Entry Requirement

This qualification is aimed at anyone who wishes to develop an in-depth knowledge of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), particularly in order to progress into related employment in education or health and social care settings. Anyone who currently works in the education and health and social care sectors would also benefit from the course, as well as anyone with a personal need for or interest in developing a more detailed understanding of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

In order to complete this distance learning course at no charge you will need to match the following entry criteria:

  • Are a resident of the EEU (European Economic Area) and have been for at least 3 years
  • Will be undertaking your learning within England
  • Are aged 19 or above
  • If you are 19-23 years old you must have already achieved a Level 2 qualification or equivalent
  • If you are 24+ there are no formal entry requirements for this course but you will find it helpful to have a good standard of English and maths


  • Studying via Distance Learning means you can choose when and where you study.  
  • We recommended allowing a minimum of 3 to 4 hours per week to study this course in your own time.
  • You will be given submission dates for each unit to help you stay on track and complete within the allocated timeframe.  
  • This course is available via online assessments with online learning materials.

Where does this course lead to

These courses are great for continued professional development within an exsisting role and can also lead to employment or further study.  It may also be useful to learners studying qualifications in the following sectors:

  • Education
  • Early Years
  • Voluntary

How to Enrol

To find out more information please email distance.learning@bcot.ac.uk quoting the course reference, or to enrol now click the button below and complete an application.


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Course Outline

Course Code: MDFL114
Study Mode: Part Time
Duration: 25 Weeks
Start Date: Anytime
Day & Time: Flexible Learning
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