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Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

Course ID: 175230

Course Year: 23/24

Course Details

  • This course is suitable for adults aged 19 and over.
  • You’ll be able to study at a time to suit you, in the comfort of your own home.
  • The course is free of charge to adults who meet eligibility criteria.
  • The course is delivered using an online platform, supported throughout by a member of our experienced team.
  • Ideal for students looking to improve their knowledge and understanding of this topic.
  • You’ll be supported, no matter what your learning style or needs. We have an amazing team of staff to help you achieve your best.

What to expect from the course

Are you driven to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals with special educational needs and disabilities? If so, the Level 2 Certificate in Special Educational Needs and Disability (RQF) Course is an ideal opportunity for you to pursue.

You will delve into various facets of SEND, encompassing specific condition symptoms, legislation, and guidance applicable to individuals with SEND. Additionally, you will explore the impact of these conditions on individuals in their daily lives. This knowledge is invaluable, whether you seek to enhance your own understanding of SEND or provide support to those affected by it, both personally and professionally.

Unit 1: Introduction to Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
In this unit, learners will explore a variety of SEND conditions and their causes, as well as the social and medical models of disability. They will also examine the challenges that individuals with SEND may encounter and the positive changes that have taken place over time in relation to SEND.

Unit 2: Understanding Equality and Diversity in the Context of SEND
Learners will examine equality, diversity, and inclusion within the workplace, community, and broader society. They will also explore relevant legislation and guidance related to SEND. Additionally, they will gain knowledge about safeguarding and the legislation surrounding it, as well as different types of abuse.

Unit 3: Principles of Promoting a Person-Centred Approach for Individuals with SEND
Learners will gain an understanding of the person-centred approach in relation to SEND, emphasizing the significance of active participation for individuals. They will also delve into the concept of well-being and its promotion.

Unit 4: Understanding SEND and Learning
Learners will explore diverse learning styles and support programs utilized in educational settings. They will also develop knowledge about reasonable adjustments and gain an understanding of how Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans function.

Unit 5: Living with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
Learners will gain insight into neurodiversity and self-identity, as well as how societal and cultural influences can impact individuals with SEND. They will also explore the available support for individuals with SEND and their families, alongside the effects of stigma.


On successful completion of the course you will have achieved a TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Special Educational Needs and Disability.

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The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

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Entry Requirements

Learners have at least a Level 1 in English and good IT skills, access to a PC or laptop as well as a passion for learning about this area.


This course is only available to learners aged 19 and over.
If you are unemployed or earning less than £31,600 a year? You may qualify to join this course for free.
To find out more, contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for23/24 is 811.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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