Here at UCW, we deeply understand the importance and significance of inclusivity as a fundamental practice in everything we do.
So much so that we offer a degree programme in BA (Hons) SEND and Inclusive Practice as well as several short courses to let you upskill and give you a taste of what a full degree is like.
This full-time degree is designed to develop our learners’ knowledge and understanding of the needs, approaches and requirements of organisations and practitioners working with children and young people with SEND and their families.
UCW learner, Louise Parslow, has just finished studying the subject at Foundation degree, which has not been replaced with the full three-year BA programme.
We recently caught up with Louise to find out all about life as an Inclusive Practice learner at UCW.
Is the course for me? What are the support services available? What career prospects does this degree provide? This is what Louise had to say!
Why did you choose UCW?
It offered a course which I felt offered me opportunity to learn and gain experience within a field that was important to me.
What skills/experiences did you gain during your course?
My course has highlighted the importance of being inclusive, especially within an educational setting. Equally, I have learnt all about educational theories and mental health issues. Whilst studying, I was given the opportunity to put theory to practice within a placement within the Faculty of Inclusive Practice. I can now apply my knowledge due to having secured a role as an Autism Specialist Practitioner at Weston College.
What is your best memory from studying at UCW?
Being given the opportunity to work within a fabulous team in a field that is close to my heart and realising the impact that I can make to a learner to support them to become empowered and independent.
Would you recommend the course you studied?
Yes, absolutely! I would recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in working with individuals with Special Educational Needs.
Did you feel supported during your time at UCW?
Yes! UCW helped me to receive my dyslexia diagnosis when I enrolled. Although surprising, this did confirm some of the difficulties I had experienced in the past. However, this led to me being able to access specialist support on a weekly basis. I have found the support services at UCW to be excellent! This has helped me to organise and work to the best of my ability.
What have you moved on to since leaving UCW?
I am currently employed by Forward Futures and working as a Specialist Autism Practitioner at Weston College and have just secured a place at UWE, Bristol to complete my journey where I will hopefully gain a full honours degree in Education and Professional Practice.
Is there anything else you would like to add about your experience at UCW?
At UCW there is always someone on hand to support with any issues which may arise in both personal and academic situations.
If you are interested in pursuing a journey just like Louise’s, find out how you can apply here!