Level 2 Certificate in Special Educational Needs and Disability (RQF)


About this course

This qualification is aimed at anyone seeking to improve their knowledge of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), either for personal or professional reasons. Learners will consider many aspects of SEND, including the symptoms of specific conditions, legislation and guidance applicable to individuals with SEND and how such conditions affect individuals in daily life.

⚡️  Free of charge - this course is fully-funded by the government as long as you've lived in the UK for three years and are aged 19+

💻  Start this course as soon as you're ready - no need to wait for a new term to begin

👨🏻‍🎓  Nationally-recognised and accredited qualification

👍🏽  Get support from our in-house team at Farnborough College of Technology

📆  Option to complete the course faster by putting in extra time

🧾  Boost your CV and job applications straight away

⭐️  Option to pay for the course if you're not eligible for fully-funded option

You will be provided with the learning materials either online and you will have the support of a knowledgeable assessor who will give you guidance and feedback on the course as you complete it. This course takes between 2 to 6 months to complete.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

Studies Include

What modules are covered?

This course is split into five manageable units:

Unit 1: Introduction to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

  • Section 1: Understand the different conditions categorised as SEND conditions
  • Section 2: Understand different models of disabilities
  • Section 3: Understand how the rights and support available to those with a conditions categorised as SEND have changed over time.

Unit 1 summary:

In this unit, learners will explore a range of SEND conditions and the causes of these, as well as the social and medical models of disability. They will also learn about barriers that individuals with SEND might face and positive changes that have occurred over time in relation to SEND.

Unit 2: Understand equality and diversity in the context of SEND

  • Section 1: Understand the concept of equality and diversity
  • Section 2: Understand legislation and guidance which supports individuals with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  • Section 3: Understand the importance of safeguarding an individual with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  • Section 4: Understand the benefits of a diverse and inclusive society for an individual with SEND.

Unit 2 summary:

Learners will look at equality, diversity and inclusion within the workplace, community and wider society, as well as exploring relevant legislation and guidance in relation to SEND. They will also learn about safeguarding and the legislation surrounding this, and the different types of abuse.

Unit 3: Principles of promoting person centred approach for individuals with SEND

  • Section 1: Understand person centred approaches
  • Section 2: Understand the importance of encouraging active participation
  • Section 3: Understand the importance of an individual’s well-being.

Unit 3 summary:

Learners will learn about the person-centred approach in relation to send, and the importance of active participation for individuals. They will also look at well-being and how this can be promoted.

Unit 4: Understanding SEND and learning

  • Section 1: Understand the importance of inclusive learning
  • Section 2: Understand the use of support programmes for individuals with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  • Section 3: Understand the role of reasonable adjustments
  • Section 4: Understand Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.

Unit 4 summary:

Learners will explore different learning styles and support programmes used in educational settings. They will also learn about reasonable adjustments and how Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans work.

Unit 5: Living with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

  • Section 1: Understand the concept of neurodiversity
  • Section 2: Understand the concept of the self
  • Section 3: Understand the impact of societal and cultural influences on individuals with conditions categorised as SEND
  • Section 4: Understand sources of support for individuals with SEND and the families
  • Section 5: Understand the impact stigma has on individuals with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Unit 5 summary:

Learners will learn about neurodiversity and self-identity, as well as how societal and cultural influences can impact on individuals with SEND. They will also look at the support available for individuals with SEND and their families, as well as the effects of stigma.


Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

This is a distance learning course and is free of charge subject to you meeting the eligibility criteria, which is: 

  • You must be over 19 years old on 1 August  
  • Have lived in the UK/EU for past 3 years and based at an English address 
  • Not be undertaking any other government funded course 
What are the advantages of learning online with us?
Study with an Ofsted Outstanding College ​​
Your journey to personal development is in great hands. As an Ofsted outstanding college, our experience helps support learners to gain qualifications and progress into all different kinds of industries.
Study in your own time and at your own pace ​
Although assignments will have deadlines, you could study in the morning, during a lunch break or in the middle of the night - the choice is yours.
Boost your self-esteem and confidence ​​
​Achieving a new qualification can help give you the confidence needed to aim for a promotion or to apply for a new job.
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