Additional Support for Children with Special Education Needs (SEN)

A SEN Course, such as Additional Support for Children with Special Education Needs have been designed for those aiming to work in a Special Educational Needs (SEN) support role with children.

An ideal course for qualified classroom teachers and teaching assistants who engage with children with special educational needs. If you’re planning a career in any teaching or support role, our SEN course will be ideal if your aim is to support children with special education needs.

You must be a qualified teaching assistant to study this course. Get qualified today with our Supporting Teaching and Learning In Schools Level 3 Certificate.

Online SEN Courses are a field that is growing in demand meaning that there are more opportunities for you. If you want to help children and you are looking for a role in education, this job could be perfect for you. To become a special educational needs teacher, you will need to be able to deal with challenging behaviour. You’ll also need good organisational skills.

A distance learning course is an ideal way to gain a certificate in Special Educational Needs (SEN). This online SEN course is flexible and convenient. There is no job more rewarding than seeing a child with special needs blossom with your support.

As a SEN teacher, your work could involve:

  • Teaching National Curriculum subjects, which may have been adapted to pupils’ needs
  • Helping pupils to develop their self-confidence, independence, abilities and attitudes
  • Preparing lessons and teaching materials
  • Marking and assessing work
  • Putting up displays in the classroom
  • Working with other professionals, such as medical professionals, speech and language therapists and educational psychologists
  • Speaking to parents and carers about their children’s progress
  • Going to meetings and training
  • Organising outings, social activities and sporting events.

You could work with children with wide-ranging and complex learning disabilities, including:

  • Autism
  • Asperger’s
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Hearing difficulties and visual impairment

The field of child development seeks to account for the evolution of children’s abilities and behaviours by uncovering the processes that underlie these changes and the strategies that children use. This course will pay particular attention to the knowledge required in order to provide the correct path to understanding and demonstrating this continually evolving field.

On this SEN course, you will:

  • Learn how special educational needs impact upon the learning and development of children
  • Discover how you can adapt learning for children with speech, language and communication difficulties
  • Learn the different methods of adapting learning for children with behavioural, social and emotional difficulties
  • Discover you can make a difference to children’s learning through identifying and planning for the special educational needs (SENs) of each individual
  • Understand the speech, language and communication needs of children and young people with behavioural, social and emotional difficulties
  • Give your career a boost with this expert knowledge.

An ideal course for qualified classroom teachers and teaching assistants who engage with children with special educational needs.
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Awarding body: CACHE Customised Qualifications
Our course ref: X308

CACHE is a sector leading specialist and awarding organisation for Early Years, Care and Education in the UK. And our customised qualifications are uniquely designed under CACHE’s watchful eye and approval.

Study Hours

Up to 90 hours which is around 30 minutes per day for 6 months.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by CACHE Customised Qualification and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course). You can read more about customised CACHE qualifications here.

Additional Information
Level 3
Entry requirements
You must be a qualified teaching assistant to study this course.
Section 1
Working with Children with Special Educational Needs

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

My tutor was fantastic
Mario C

My tutor was fantastic and I’ve gained a real understanding to help me to deal with what were considered problem individuals in my classes. I’m so glad I did this course and feel it’s really helped me understand the children I teach better.

On my way to my dream job

So, I am now on my way to my dream job – helping children with learning difficulties as a Support Teacher. I absolutely loved my course – great help, support and prompt replies when I needed them. Oxbridge are great!

Expand my knowledge as a TA
Claire Wilkes

I enrolled on this course to expand my knowledge as a TA and for my own interest also. The website is clear and easy to use and I really liked the feel of this college compared to some others. The advisor was so helpful and knowledgeable, and the course has been really interesting and engaging. I am really looking forward to getting back to school to implement some of the additional things I have so far learnt.

I have a child with special needs
Freya Baker

I have a child with special needs and this course has really helped my get to grips with a better way of handling some things related to his condition, and I’m now able to help others understand his needs too. I haven’t used this course to help me get work or to enhance my CV, I just wanted to enhance my own understanding and the life of my son.

I loved this course
Louise Turrell

I’m looking forward to getting started on my second course (HLTA) with Oxbridge. I loved this course and feel as though I have learnt so much.

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