Advanced Diploma in Special Educational Needs (Leeds Beckett)

Advanced Diploma in Special Educational Needs (Leeds Beckett)

The Advanced Diploma in Special Educational Needs in association with The Institute of Child Education and Psychology (ICEP) Europe & Leeds Beckett University is offering a suite of online modules for those working with children and young people who have Special Educational Needs, leading to the award of an Advanced Diploma in Special Educational Needs. The programme is equally relevant for teachers, Special Needs Assistants, learning support/resource teachers, as well as other professionals (e.g. educational psychologists and social care workers). 

The programme will be accredited by Leeds Beckett University (20 Credits per module) at Level 8 allowing you to achieve an Advanced Diploma through completing three online modules, over the course of a year. The online delivery and modular structure gives you the flexibility to study when and where it suits and offers access to quality, affordable and specialist training regardless of location.

Who is the programme aimed at?

The programmes are equally relevant for teachers, Special Needs Assistants (SNAs), Teaching Assistants (TAs), Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs), Learning Support/Resource Teachers as well as other professionals (e.g. educational psychologists, social care workers) and parents or carers of those who have Special Educational Needs.

Future Careers

Working with children who have special education needs is both challenging and rewarding. Our course will help you perform better in your role, achieving more for yourself and those you work with. You'll look at what you do in the classroom, why you do it and if it works. If you'd like to pursue a role in teaching, our course can set you on your way to achieving qualified teacher status. For teachers and other professionals the Advanced Diploma can offer a route to specialist roles and access to other advanced training.


Programme Modules

  • Dyslexia
  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Inclusive Education and Collaborative Practice
  • Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
  • Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

For the award of Advanced Diploma, any three of the above modules must be completed at level 8.

Tuition and Support

Each module is taught over a period of 8 weeks

Each module will be taught online as a distance learning module, and you will have the opportunity to interact with peers in online class discussions

Specialised tutors working in the area of learning disabilities will provide you with individual support and guidance as you complete your studies online

Technical support is provided by a dedicated team of qualified learning technologists, who can be contacted by telephone or email 

Normally applicants will have studied at Higher Education level and have English Language and Maths GCSE grade C or equivalent. Applicants should include their occupational experience, career history and future aspirations in their supporting information.

“Given the vocational nature or the course, the course leader will exercise discretion in taking into account the occupational experience and career history and intentions of applicants. Thus students DO NOT necessarily need previous Level 5 (or indeed 4) qualifications to undertake this course.” CAT Document, pg 8, sec. 33.

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification is necessary for applicants where English is not their first language.

All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional.

You can apply through the Leeds Beckett website by clicking the enrol now button to the right of this page.

The fees are £2,032.80 for the entire one year course. Each module costs £677.60.

Payment plans can be arranged with the Leeds Beckett Admissions Team + (44) 113 812 3113.

  • Next Intakenot currently enrolling
  • DURATION1 year part time
  • AttendanceFully Online (no in person attendance required)
  • FEES £2032.80Total Course Fee
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