Special Needs (SEN) Level 2 course

This level 2 course in Supporting Special Needs is a must for any student looking to move into caring or working with children. This very rewarding but demanding distance learning course will offer you everything required to enhance your career or help you make massive strides if considering entering this line of work.

This course covers all the underpinning knowledge required for special needs modules on Early Years courses.
The course is written in an accessible style, so that even difficult areas such as the legal framework will be easily understood.
Provides an overview of the full range of special needs, including physical, behavioural and learning difficulties.
Offers practical advice on how to integrate children with special needs in mainstream provision.
Includes case studies to heighten awareness of issues and to promote individual evaluation skills.

Qualification: Supporting Special Needs Award
Accredited: No.
QCF Recognised: No,
Awarding Body: UK Open College
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
Duration: Flexible - Approx 100 Hours - 12 Months Max Support
Credit Value: Not applicable

We also offer a Special Needs Level 3 Course that may be beneficial

Special Needs (SEN) Level 2 course

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Course Fee: Starting at: £199.00

​​One of the biggest concerns for any potential student is the financial commitment involved. UK Open College recognise this and have implemented a pay as you study plan to assist students in spreading any fees involved with their course over a manageable period of time. Students are able to pay a deposit upon enrolment followed by a monthly repayment over a set period of time.

We would encourage students to view any related fees as an investment in their future. The majority of investments will provide a rewarding return over a set period of time. Once qualified and in employment students can expect a fantastic return on their investment year after year.

We offer all UK Based students guaranteed acceptance onto this scheme* upon completion of a signed student agreement. Shortly after paying your deposit our accounts department will contact you direct via telephone to gather the required information to complete the agreement. Once received we will forward a digital document via email for your signature. 

*Contact details, employment details and valid UK bank details with the ability to set up direct debit are required for all students applying for our pay as you study plan. If students are unable to provide this information any application may be declined. 

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Definitions of special need educational needs
Models of disability
Understanding the concept of inclusive education
Attitudes and stereotypesBeing sensitive to language

The background to current legislation 

Fundamental principles of the code of practice 
Understanding how the code of practice might affect your setting 
The role of the SENCO 
Developing the SEN policy 

Early identification is not about “sorting” children
Focusing on the child
What to observe
Using the information gained from the observations

Parents and the Code of Practice
Communicating with parents
Parents as an invaluable source of information
Parent partnership services 

The purpose of IEPs
Understanding when children need an IEP
Reviewing IEPsIEPs can be modified
Writing IEPs 
Storage of IEPs 
What information should an IEP Contain? 
People involved with writing the IEP 

Early years action plus
Sources of support and information

The code of practice and children
Developing a key worker system
Suggested activities
Helping children to develop a positive self image 
Understanding how the self image is built 

Why communication is an important skill
Understanding the components of interaction
Strategies to develop children’s language
Principles of supporting children’s communications and interaction
Common difficulties for children
Suggested activities

What is Cognitive development? 
Suggested activities 
Learning about abstract concepts Motivation 
Understanding how information is processed 
Language and thought 

Guiding children’s behaviour
Learning appropriate behaviour
Understanding how children learn behaviours
Taking a pro-active approach to guiding children’s behaviour
Specific challenging behaviours
Supporting children’s emotional and social development
Suggested Activities

Understanding why sensory development is important
Supporting children’s physical development
Suggested Activities

Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder
Spectrum Disorder 
Cerebral Palsy
Coeliac Disease
Cystic Fibrosis
Downs Syndrome
Muscular Dystrophy
Fragile X
Sickle Cell
Spina Bifida
Visual Impairment

Students looking to enrol onto this course should meet the following criteria:

Be aged 16 Years or above
Possess a solid knowledge of the english language
Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
Basic computer skills: e.g Word processing, emailing, uploading documents etc
Have a genuine desire to succeed

Students do not require a placement to complete this course. 

UKOC - Level 2 (SEN) Supporting Special Needs Award

At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by UK Open College. 

The course has been designed to specifically meet the needs of learners who prefer to study at home as an introductory course. Aimed at students new to home learning and the child care sector. 

Receipt of Certification: Certification is awarded by UK Open College and can take up to 3 weeks to be received after completion of your studies. All certification will be delivered to students direct at their home address. Any outstanding fees are payable before certification is issued.



Course duration will vary dependant on student commitment, effort and ability. Overall guided learning hours are approx 100. This should be used as a guideline only and completion times will vary hugely.We would encourage students to seriously consider how they plan to complete their chosen course prior to enrolment. Students should think about how they are going to study, where they are going to study and how often. Be realistic!

Speak to family members and help them to understand what you are trying to achieve, explain you may require peace and space to study at certain times. The more you involve them the more likely you are to get them on your side.

Students are reminded that the time in which they complete is purely down to them as an individual. Completion can be as quickly or as slowly as you wish within the 12 month tuition period. If you require additional time an extension may be available. Extensions are arranged at an additional cost as and when needed.



This course is supplied in paper format and will be delivered direct to your chosen address. Students are able to complete their course assignments using a word processing programme and email them direct to the tutor. Once received tutors will reply to you direct. We do not accept course assignments via post.

Students can normally expect to receive delivery of their course materials via courier within 3 working days of enrolment being received. However we would ask you to allow 7 working days

All students on this course will be registered to a personal tutor for 12 months who is contactable via email. We also have a team of dedicated advisors to help and advise with any course related queries. The tutors role is to help and support students for the entire duration of their studies. Please remember our tutors are here to help. Never be embarrassed to ask for help.

This course is completed using continual assessment, allowing your tutor to closely monitor your progress every step of the way. Therefore no examination is required. Students will be required to submit a series of assignments throughout their course direct to their assigned tutor. Tutor details will be contained within your study pack. 

Students should understand that part of any study programme requires an element of research on their part. As technology moves forward at a rapid pace a visit to the local library is no longer the chosen method of accessing information. Students are also expected to use the internet for research purposes and can expect to be referred to various blogs and websites such as You Tube and Google amongst other specific websites relating to their chosen subject. Tutors will not give you the answers to complete your assignments.

Students can expect to receive feedback on submitted assignments within 7 days. However we expect delays on this timescale  during holiday periods e.g Summer holidays July/August, bank holidays and xmas. We appreciate your patience during these periods.


In order to help students with the terms and conditions of their enrolment we have tried to keep things simple and easy to understand. No jargon or small print. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here. 

In our experience the main and most important part of these terms for our students is the cancellation & returns policy. So lets explain these clearly to avoid any misunderstanding. 

Firstly we would request that students check the course syllabus and content immediately upon receipt. This is vitally important. Please ensure that any qualification awarded at the end of your course meets your needs. If in doubt call us on 0121 288 0181 to check before you enrol.

If for any reason you wish to cancel and return your course to us for a refund you are welcome to do so as long as you notify us within 7 days of receipt at the delivery address. Please email accounts@ukopencollege.co.uk stating your name, address, invoice number requesting to cancel. We will then respond to you with further instruction. If you have received a hard copy of your course you will be required to return this at your own cost via courier/recorded delivery before a full refund will be issued. If you have paid a deposit and signed a student agreement you will be charged a £30 cancellation fee. This will be deducted from any deposit paid. 

All returns must remain unused and in resaleable condition. This complies with distance selling regulations 2000. All students are welcome to return their course to us for any reason as long as we have been notified within the 7 days as above. Unfortunately if notification to cancel is received outside of this period your request for a refund will be declined. This does not affect your statutory rights

Please call our accounts team direct on 01827 283735 if you have any questions regarding our cancellation and returns policy. It will only cost you a phone call



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