Disability Studies (Inclusive Practice) Foundation Degree FdA

This course is validated by: Lancaster University

This course is available to start in January 2018. Apply now. 

Award: Foundation Degree in Disability Studies (Inclusive Practice)
Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: L591
Code: SS2588A13
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time, Part Time
Duration: Full time: 2 Years
Part time: 4 Years
Start Dates: january 2018
september 2018
Term Dates: View term dates

In all sectors of work, you will come into contact with people who are disabled. Whether you're a support assistant within a school, care assistant within a workplace, a parent with a child or family member with an additional need; our Foundation Degree in Disability Studies (Inclusive Practice) will help you understand disability issues and the context in which different professionals work with people who are disabled. Throughout the course our dedicated teaching team will challenge your perception of what you believe it means to be disabled, engage you in debates surrounding inclusivity, equality and diversity and broaden your knowledge of this growing subject area. The Foundation Degree addresses these training needs by raising your awareness of the importance of providing seamless transitions between child and adulthood through study of those individuals with additional needs from birth to old age. You won't just look at children with disabilities but impairment throughout the lifespan.

This two year Foundation Degree programme is validated by Lancaster University. It has been designed in response to major changes in the government policies, work-place needs and formostly for disabled people. The course is designed to develop the workforce in order to provide well trained professionals to help deliver an inclusive model for disabled peoples' services.

What will I study?

You will study 16 units to complete the course. These modules will examine the theories and principles relating to professional practice within the field of additional needs. You'll study a diverse programme that will challenge you to reflect upon the concepts of disablement; you will examine the theories and principles relating to practice. Modules are run by experienced practitioners who have a wealth of knowledge in working in the field of disability studies. Guest lecturers are invited in to speak about their experiences, working practices, roles and the expectations of working in particular environment. To date we have welcomed James Hadleigh from Care Network, Head Teachers from Primary Schools, the Course Consultant Dr Bob Sapey, Educational Psychologists and a Social Workers. You will study 6 core modules each semester.

Each module interlinks so that you build a sound knowledge of the discipline, whilst applying your developing understanding to practice, this can either be within a paid or voluntary work placement. Communication is fundamental to practice and this is one of the first modules to be taken. In it we examine different theories relating to communication and the current models of good practice. We also debate contemporary issues. The Disability and the Environment module develops your understanding of the environment in which you operate and how values and attitudes are formed. It involves an examination of personal and professional values, attitudes and beliefs and how they impact on service users. Subject to availability of teaching staff and student demand.

Modules include

  • Models of Disability
  • Development and Disability
  • Psychology of Disability
  • Communication, Technology and Disability
  • Social Policy and Disability
  • Historical and Contemporary Contexts
  • Preparation for Research
  • Reflective Journey 1
  • Theorising Impairment and Impairment Effects
  • Professionalism: Working across Agendas and Professional Boundaries
  • Safeguarding, Abuse, Ill Treatment and Violence
  • Towards Equality and Inclusion
  • Leading and Managing Quality Provision
  • Technology and Inclusion
  • Research and Disability
  • Reflective Journey 2

Download the Programme Specification for FdA Disability Studies (Inclusive Practice). 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.


Entry Requirements

You’ll need 48 UCAS points to join this programme (formerly 120 UCAS points). All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 5.5. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £9,250 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

New UCAS Tariff 2017 Entry. UCAS has introduced a new tariff system which aims to provide a fair and more transparent process of allocating tariff points across a wide range of qualifications. This new tariff system will be used for courses starting 2017. Applicants should note that new tariff points for a qualification may be different to the points for the same qualification in the previous system – generally tariff points will be lower on the new tariff.

 In addition, for this programme, you will be required to have a clear current DBS certificate. As well as a placement working a relevant field for a minimum of 120 hours per year - it is a requirement of this course that this placement is within a 'work' setting - for example you could not use your experience of caring for someone with a disability as your placement.





How will I be assessed?

One of the major strengths of the programme is out inclusive approach to assessment. Within all modules a choice of assessment is available and you will be able to choose which method of assessment you prefer depending on the module or subject matter being covered. Across the whole programme you will still experience a range of assessment methods including both verbal and written elements to ensure full exposure to a range of assessment techniques and to encourage a thorough understanding of the subject. 




Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. 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.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group 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.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities 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.

What can I do next?

Once you have successfully completed your Foundation Degree, graduates will usually go on to top up their foundation degree to honours level. This can be done at University Centre at Blackburn College. Progression on to BA (Hons) Disability Services (Inclusive Practice) (Top-up) is the obvious choice but other options are available. You may also choose to move into employment in the social care sector or the children's workforce.

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