Special Educational Needs Diploma Level 3


Learn how to support children and young people affected by special educational needs through your work in a childcare or education setting.

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About Our Course

Are you interested in working within a supporting role for children with special educational needs? Our Special Educational Needs Level 3 course  can provide you with all the skills, the knowledge and the information you need to explore this career field.

Within this course you will learn how to support learning through activities and adapt them for children with speech, language and communication issues.

More importantly, you can study this course from the comfort of your own home.

This impressive course has been specially designed for home study, making it possible for you to enrol onto this course, achieve this qualification AND still manage to keep up with your current work commitments.

Our course is highly adaptable and will easily mould around your needs so you can achieve a healthy work-study balance. At the same time, it offers you the flexibility to study when, where and how you want, and at your own pace.

And this is fantastic news if you haven’t got the time to get back into the classroom, as you can make this course work for you.

Prefer to study on the settee? You can. Only got time to complete your assignments on your lunchbreak? This course gives you the freedom to do so.

We’ll even send all of your course materials to your home – via mail or email – so you can start this course when you are ready.

From learning how to be an effective team member, to knowing how to plan early year’s curriculum; by the end of this course you will have the skills to tailor your teaching plans to fit the needs of your students, and will understand the impact special educational needs can have upon learning and development.

Course Benefits

This course can provide the perfect stepping stone for those looking to develop a career as a Teaching Assistant, but want to specialise in supporting those with educational needs.

Through the use of written assignments, you will be able to demonstrate your theoretical knowledge on behavioural, social and emotional difficulties, and will know how to adapt your teaching methods and activities to ensure that the children in your care receive maximum support.

In turn, you will achieve a level of comprehension and competency in this subject that will ensure that you make a credible difference to the learning development of those you assist.

This course will:

  • Allow you to study from the comfort of your own home – no classes, no examinations, and no strict deadlines… all of your course materials will be sent to your home.
  • Enable you to learn on your own terms and at your own pace.
  • Help you to achieve a healthy work-study balance.
  • Broaden your knowledge and understanding on special educational needs and the techniques you can employ to help children to grow and flourish.
  • Help you to discover how to make a difference to children’s learning by identifying and planning for the special educational needs (SENs) of each individual.


Special Education Needs Level 3:

Unit 1: Working with Children with Special Educational Needs

  • Legal and regulatory requirements
  • Types of discrimination
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice
  • The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • The United Nations Convention on Persons with Disabilities
  • Inclusive practice
  • Working in partnership
  • Adapting practice

Unit 2: Understanding and Promoting Children’s Development

  • Pattern and sequence of child development
  • Influences on development
  • Why development may not follow the expected pattern

Unit 3: Speech, Language and Communication (SLC) Difficulties

  • Defining speech, language and communication difficulties
  • Effects and impact of SLC difficulties
  • Adapting communication methods
  • Supporting English as an additional language
  • Supporting speech and language difficulties

Unit 4: Social, Emotional and Behavioural (SEB) Difficulties

  • Psychological needs
  • External triggers
  • Transitions
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • The link between SEB and language difficulties

Unit 5: Chronic Illnesses and Physical Disabilities

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Physical disabilities
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Spina bifida
  • Visual impairments
  • Hearing impairments

Unit 6: Assessment and Planning to Meet Individual Needs

  • Identifying individual needs
  • A child-centred approach
  • Assessment frameworks
  • The common assessment framework


This course is assessed using a series of written assignments that are designed to test your knowledge of the course syllabus. These will need to be submitted to your personal tutor for marking, whereupon they will supply you with advice and feedback. No external examinations are required.

Required Knowledge

No previous knowledge or experience is needed in order to enrol onto this course.

Awarding Body

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that OSC has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by OSC to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.

ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales


Whilst we may specialise in the provision of home based courses; this doesn’t mean you ever have to struggle or feel isolated in your studies. From the moment you enrol, you can harness the knowledge and expertise of our personal tutors – whose years of experience in the field can help to instruct, guide and inform your studies.

Our student support team are similarly highly trained and at a click of a button will always be on hand to answer your questions, queries or concerns.

No matter the question, you can contact our team and trust that they will go above and beyond to give you the support you need, when you need it and maximise your learning potential. 

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:

  • No hidden charges, the price you see includes everything, from VAT, tutoring to certification
  • Our average tutor marking time is 3 working days (most providers are 10+)
  • We are rated 5/5 for our service on Trustpilot!
  • Our courses are up to date. Many providers create course content and fail to keep it up to date.
  • We are open later than any other home learning provider
  • As many submissions as you need to complete, many providers cap how many times you can submit work
  • All courses are fully endorsed by external awarding organisations
  • 14 day money back guarantee or course switch.

If you need any more reasons to choose Association of Learning, contact our team!

All students are provided with 12 months to complete their course, however you are able to complete at a faster pace without any additional costs. Some of our students have managed to complete in as little as 3 months!

This is a fully endorsed qualification, with certification provided by an Ofqual regulated awarding body.

There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 12 month period.

Unlike other providers, there are no credit checks or application forms to complete during enrolment.

Finance is provided directly via Association of Learning. To meet the criteria you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

No, this course is assignment based, which means you will not have to complete any exams. If your assignment is not up to scratch you can re-try as many times as you need within your 12 months support period.

No, all of our courses are distance learning which means your tutor will mark your work and send it back to you via email or by using our online portal.

Unlike other providers, Association of Learning use a fast track system to get your certificate to you within six weeks (our average is two weeks).


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