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Blackburn College

Disability Studies with Inclusive Practice

UCAS Code: L591

Foundation Degree in Arts - FdA

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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. Please check the International section of the website for details. 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. You'll need 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

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Full-time | 2021


Disability studies

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 with 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 Foundation Degree programme 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.


You will study 16 modules 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.

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.

All students take a total of 120 credits per level.

Level 4 Modules include:
?Models of Disability
?Developmental Psychology
?Personal and Professional Development*
?Communication, Technology and Disability
?Social Policy and Disability
?Preparation for Research

Level 5 Modules include:
?Safeguarding Service Users
?Leading and Managing Quality Provision
?Workplace Learning*
?Impairment, Technology and Disability
?Equality and Professionalism
?Research Project

*These modules are non-condonable.

Assessment methods

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.

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.

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