Disability Studies (Inclusive Practice) BA (Hons) (Top Up)

This course is validated by: Lancaster University
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: L340
Code: SS3571A13
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Start Dates: march 2020
september 2020
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Our BA (Hons) Disability Studies (Inclusive Practice) Honours Top Up degree is for those students who have successfully completed the FdA Disability Studies (Inclusive Practice) from University Centre at Blackburn College and who now wish to study at honours level. The top-up degree offer opportunities for students to increase your knowledge and understanding of the key messages inherent in current Government policy within the area of social care and education. This will help graduates to empower service users in order to bring about change and also encourage a graduate workforce that is fit for sector demand.

What will I study?

Here at the University Centre at Blackburn College we offer a comprehensive approach to exploring disablement from birth to death. Our team believes that this lifespan approach better enables you to contemplate the barriers and opportunities open to disabled people when partaking in society. This is pertinent when considering rights based approach to disability as societal attitudes and responses to perceived ‘deficit’ can and do have far reaching consequences for disabled people. At present all other undergraduate courses relating to Disability Studies focus on either Education or Nursing.

In opting to continue on this final top-up year, you will be at the forefront of contemporary debates surrounding practice and provision for disabled people. This can open the door to numerous employment opportunities such as teaching in primary or tertiary education, policy development, equality and diversity, human resources, management opportunities within relevant settings such as care and charities etc.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level.

Level 6 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

• Disability and Identity
• A Society Fit for All
• Professionalism and inclusive Practice
• Historical and International Perspectives
• Dissertation



Entry Requirements

In order to join this BA (Hons) Disability Studies (Inclusive Practice) (Top Up) programme you will need to have successfully completed Disability Studies (Inclusive Practice) Foundation Degree FdA. If you have received less than a Merit grade overall in your Foundation Degree you will be required to attend a guidance interview first to ensure you are fully prepared for the Top Up programme. Additional preparation for study at the Top Up programme may be required.

How will I be assessed?

Throughout the course a variety of assessment strategies will be used. These include coursework, assignments, case study analysis and presentations. 

Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.  This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.

Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions. 

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities could include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.

In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.  

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.  The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.  You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.


We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course.  Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.  Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week. 

Overall Workload

You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.

Academic Support

We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;

  • Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English
  • Academic Writing (including referencing)
  • Research Skills
What can I do next?

The degree has been designed to develop graduates for the workplace supporting disabled children, young people, adults and their families. Graduates of the programme will be best placed to progress into a range of careers in education, health and social care. Career pathways include Teacher Training, Family Support, Equalities Officers and Special Educational Needs teaching.

Supplementary Information

Download the Programme Specification for BA (Hons) Disability Studies (Inclusive Practice) (Top Up). The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

Career Options

Special Educational Needs Teacher

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 35 hours per week

Special educational needs (SEN) teachers work with children and young people who have difficulties or disabilities. These children find learning harder than for most children of the same age. If you want to help children and you are looking for a role in education, this job could be perfect for you.

To become a special educational needs teacher, you will need to be able to deal with challenging behaviour. You’ll also need good organisational skills. To work as a special needs teacher you will need to have a teaching qualification and teaching experience.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Special Needs Teaching Assistant

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

If you are keen to help children and want to work in a school, this could be an ideal job for you. Special needs teaching assistants help children with a wide range of learning, physical or behavioural difficulties.

Local education authorities (LEAs) and schools decide which qualifications and experience they expect. You are likely to need some experience to find paid work. A good way of getting this experience is by volunteering in your local school.

To be a special needs teaching assistant you will need to be patient, and firm when necessary. You must also be willing to help with children’s personal needs.

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Play Therapist

  • £
    + starting salary
  • Variable hours per week

If you can communicate well with children and would like a job helping them during times of emotional distress, this could be ideal for you.

Play therapists help children to make sense of difficult life experiences or complex psychological issues through the activity of play.

In this job you would need to be able to gain the trust of children. You would also need knowledge of child development.

Many employers will prefer you to have an approved postgraduate qualification and registration with the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) or Play Therapy UK (PTUK). You would also need to pass checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Education Welfare Officer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37 hours per week

Education welfare officers work with schools, pupils and families to support regular school attendance. They help to sort out problems in school or at home. If you want to help children make the most of their school years, this could be perfect for you.

Employers will expect you to have some experience of education or the protection of children. Some may expect you to have or be prepared to work towards a qualification in social work. Others may allow you to train on the job.

To become an education welfare officer you will need to be a good listener without judging people. You will need to be able to build good working relationships with pupils, parents and teachers. A calm and firm approach in difficult situations is needed.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Community Education Coordinator

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 35-40 hours per week

Community education coordinators make sure education, training and recreation courses are available to meet the needs of the local community. They support people to take part.

If you’re keen about adult or family learning, and can encourage and motivate people, this job could be ideal for you.

In this job you’ll need to be a good communicator, planner and organiser. You’ll also need to understand the education system.

To get into this job, you’ll either need a degree or a lot of experience working in the community. You may need to have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Equalities Officer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 30-40 hours per week

Equalities officers promote positive practices and attitudes. You would help to make sure that people in minority groups are treated equally regardless of characteristics such as age, disability or gender. If you believe in fair treatment for all and want to help other people, this could be a job you would enjoy.

You’ll be dealing with people from a wide range of backgrounds so you’ll need to keep an open mind. Your excellent listening skills will also help you to understand the different situations people are in.

Relevant work experience, and knowledge and understanding of equal opportunities and legislation are highly valued by employers. Some new equalities officers also have a degree.

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Local Government Officer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 35-37 hours per week

As a local government officer, you would be responsible for putting council policies into practice. You would also make sure that local services are delivered well. If you are keen to be involved in your local area and want to work in an office, this job could be perfect for you.

To become a local government officer, you will need to be able to deal with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. You will also need good negotiating and organisational skills.

The skills and experience that are needed will vary depending on the duties and level of responsibility. Experience of working in a customer service environment and IT skills are highly valued by employers and may help to improve your chances of finding work.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire