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BA (Ord) Inclusive Education Practice
1st October 2025
What will I study during this BA (Ord) Inclusive Education Practice course?
This programme will provide you with specialised knowledge and skills to respond to challenges of high quality provision in a context increasing diversity in early childhood education settings, primary, post-primary schools and community care settings. You will reflect on the complex nature of inclusion and engage with philosophical, political, cultural and ethical aspect of education for learners who are vulnerable to exclusion and underachievement due to special education needs and disability.
You will consider a range of local and international perspectives including children’s rights, children’s health and well-being, pedagogical and curriculum approaches, diversity, and inclusion and disability in society.
You will explore a range of disciplines such as psychology, sociology and social policy, education, and health. Learning the links between theory and practice is key to your development as a professional Inclusive Educator.
Who will I learn from?
Personal Academic Tutor
Each student is assigned a personal academic tutor to support you throughout your learning journey. They are available to offer you telephone and email support at any time. You can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance at a time convenient to you.
Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion. Emailing your tutor at any stage during your programme to ask a query or submit a draft of your assessment supports you to achieve your personal best throughout your studies with Portobello.
This level of one to one support is a particular benefit to choosing Portobello as your Institute of choice to complete your studies.
How will I learn?
This Level 7 BA (Ord) Inclusive Education Practice has been specifically designed for delivery by blended learning. It is suited to you if you are working full-time with limited spare time, yet you want to achieve your degree qualification. This programme was designed considering our 20-years+ experience of delivering programmes for those working in the field of special educational needs and is underpinned by our staff’s knowledge about teaching and learning strategies and educational design combined with insights and feedback from our past and current students.
Before the induction webinar, you will be given your log-in details to the online portal, ePortobello. Here you will find course notes, reading lists, podcasts, articles of interest and assessment guidelines. The content is structured in an easy format divided into sessions which you can cover at your own pace. You will need basic computer skills such as searching the internet and typing a word document.
Each module commences with an induction workshop, and you will meet your lead tutor during this session. Tutors also organise short webinars and question and answer sessions in the evenings focusing on specific assignments throughout the term. The workshops and webinars are recorded so you may review these later should you be unable to attend at the scheduled time or want to revisit the session again. Before you submit the final version of your assessments, you will have opportunities to receive formative feedback from tutors on whether you are on the right track with your assignment.
Some modules will involve group assignments – this will give help you build closer relationships with colleagues, develop your team-working skills as well as learn from your peers. You will be introduced to fellow practitioners studying the programme in your region and we will support you to set-up study groups with the network of practitioners in your region.
This programme includes placement-based modules each year. You will create a portfolio of work which will be based on reflections on learning and its application in your placement or place of work and will showcase your professional practice. You will be able to use this portfolio after you complete the course, and it will support your professional development throughout the course and beyond.
Webinars & Tutor Support
The webinars are held at the start of each module and mid-way through each module, designed to guide and support you throughout the module. These webinars lay out the module for you and the content you will cover. The assessment and expectations for successful completion are covered in detail as is where and how to access the information on ePortobello. You will be encouraged to connect with fellow students and can create your study network for the duration of your learning journey.
You can email your tutor at any stage during the module to ask a simple query and there will be scheduled opportunities to submit a draft of your assignment. Our programme management team are always available to offer you telephone and email support and if you need to, you can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance. Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion. This level of one-to-one support is unique to blended learning and is a particular benefit to choosing this mode of study. Portobello Institute has invested in a team of programme managers and tutors who are experienced early years practitioners as well as qualified and knowledgeable educators. They are available to assist you at every stage of this programme.
Online Learning Portal – ePortobello
During the induction seminar, we will show you how to navigate and find what you need with all of the information you need to complete this programme uploaded on to ePortobello. The content of this programme is set out in an easy to follow format with a combination of notes, articles, podcasts and other materials that will help you to understand the subject and complete your assessment.
This programme is structured for delivery over 2 academic years totalling to 20 months, with 3 semesters per academic year. There are 2 Saturday workshops, and four evening webinars per module as well as some sessions with your placement tutor. The number of the workshops and webinars will depend on your entry route and the number of modules taken per term.
The Saturday workshops are held online from 10am to 1 pm with breaks throughout. The evening webinars are 1-1½ long and are scheduled between 7 and 9 pm to accommodate students who work full-time. All sessions are recorded so you may review the session at a later stage should you be unable to log-in at the scheduled time.
Students take three modules in Year 1 and five modules in Year 2, including one placement-based module each year. The three-semester structure will ensure you can focus on a small number of modules per term while also working on your professional practice portfolio.
The course will open with a module which will help you to develop the skills which you will need to achieve success at a degree level, such as sourcing credible information, academic writing, referencing, computer skills, basic research methods, time management and planning, emotional aspects of studying and at higher education level and student well-being. Completing the module will build a solid base for your further professional and academic development throughout the programme.
How will I be assessed?
SMART assessments – we use a range of assessments for each module designed to support a broad range of learning styles, giving you the opportunity to excel.
Assessments for this degree are not exam based. Instead, the assessments vary from essays which will demonstrate your knowledge of theory to practice-focused assignments such as child studies and observations, audits, development plans, presentations showcasing your practical skills.
We will encourage you to explore and support you to complete several innovative assessment formats such as presentations, posters, portfolios, podcasts, blogs, which further support development of your creative and digital skills and will give you confidence to share your knowledge with colleagues, parents, and other professionals.
Group assignments will add another dimension to your learning experience – they will help you to break up the isolation of studying online and will provide you with benefits of peer learning.
All these methods are seeking to support you to combine theory with scenario-based learning and encourage implementation into your everyday practice.
The career opportunities upon completion of the BA (Ord) in Inclusive Education are broad and diverse.
The course itself will prepare you to work with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SENDs) in a variety of settings.
Additionally, this programme will equip the graduate with the skills and adaptability require in this rapidly changing sector.
A degree in inclusive education will allow the graduate to work with children and young people that experience a variety of educational, emotional, behaviour and care-based needs.
The knowledge, skills, and practical experience developed throughout this programme will develop existing competence and confidence in experienced practitioners.
Additionally, those new to the sector will benefit from an experienced team of tutors, engaging and practical content, and advanced start to their career as an inclusive practitioner.
This degree will challenge and support you in enhancing your learning, develop new skills and strategies, and learn to approach behavioural regulation support in a reflexive, professional and restorative manner.
The versatility of this degree will enable the graduate to work in a variety of professional sectors. This includes early years settings, and primary and secondary schools as Special Needs Assistants.
Further progression in study can lead to graduates obtaining primary and secondary teaching degrees with a focus on inclusive education.
Existing practitioners will find the programme supports progression to more diverse.
For example, as a specialist for the Better Start programme which coordinates AIM, roles in community and charity organisations, as well as government bodies such as the National Council for Special Education.
Graduates of this programme may also transition into education policy via the Irish Civil Service. Additionally, many practitioners branch into private and residential care supporting children, teenagers and their families in invaluable ways.
The area that you go to work in can depend on your interests or perhaps what you specialised in while carrying out your degree.
For more information read What are the Career Opportunities for a BA (Ord) Inclusive Education Graduate?
Further Study Pathways
You can progress, with one further academic year of study, to a level 8 BA (Hons) Inclusive Education with Portobello Institute upon completion of this level 7 degree.
Portobello Institute also offers the opportunity to continue to Masters level with an MA Inclusive Education and SEND, also available through blended learning.
Speak to an expert
Choosing a course that will lead you to your career of choice is a significant decision. Understanding the delivery modes, supports available, career opportunities and further study options are all key considerations when making your choice.
Our course adviser team are experts in the courses Portobello offers, the employment prospects and possible progression routes to Masters programmes – they will guide you through the detail and support you with any queries you may have.
It is important you make the right choice for you and choose the Institute and course that will best suit your needs.
How long are you working in Portobello?
I have been working for Portobello Institute for over 5 years now.
What do you enjoy about working in Portobello?
I love the interaction with students. Every day I get to meet different individuals and learners who are looking to change their lives and I get to be the person who advises them on the best programme to take. It is a fantastic feeling to be part of their journey. For many learners this is a huge decision and I get to be the person who supports them in making that decision. There is an incredible sense of pride when I see our learners graduate and achieve their education goals.
What inspires you about working in education?
I believe that education is impowering and it can often change people’s lives. It increases the learner’s confidence and it allows the learner to reach their full potential. Coming back to education hugely lifts the learner’s self esteem.
Have you a story that you recall that touched you/made you laugh/made you cry?
One particular lady struggled with dyslexia all her life. Her disability really affected her years in school, her career choices and when this learner approached Portobello Institute I worked with her to establish the best way forward, the right course for her was without a doubt in childcare. This lady registered on the course and she needed a lot of hand holding throughout her studies from both myself and the academic team. I recall that the day of her graduation, she received the “Student of Year” award. We were all thrilled and delighted for her! This learner has since gone on to open a very successful Montessori setting.
How do you feel when you have helped a student reach a decision on their course choice?
I am there to be the deciding factor for our learners. We support people in making the right choice of programme for them. We reassure them the whole way and we support them throughout. It is a very rewarding feeling to be part of this process.
How do I apply?
The next start for this course is TBC. Please contact our course advisor Sarah Coyne for register your interest. Contact Sarah by email [email protected], call 01 892 0028 or booking a call at a time that suits you here.
Entry to this course is by direct application to the college.
We have developed a flexible system of entry points and exemptions to recognise our applicants’ prior qualifications.
Exemptions for Recognised Prior Learning
Applicants who hold a minor award at QQI level 6 in Special Needs Assisting will get an exemption from this module;
- Understanding Professional Practice in Year 1.
Applicants who hold a major award at QQI level 6 in Early Childhood Care and Education will get an exemption from the following modules:
- Promoting Holistic Development of Children 0-12 – Year 1
- Safeguarding Health, Well-being and Rights of Children – Year 1
- Understanding Professional Practice – Year 1
A specific delivery schedule has been designed for holders of the QQI level 6 ECCE major award – please visit this course here BA (Ord) Inclusive Education Practice – Upskill from ECCE 6
Please note places are only confirmed once tuition fees have been received.
Fees & Payment Options
Exam Body Reg. Fee
Overall Course Price
Easy Payment Plan
Payment Option 1
33% deposit payment (€1,348.05), followed by 8 scheduled payments on the first of each month, commencing the 1st of the month after the start date of the course. Includes one off instalment fee of €365.
- €342.12 due in month 1
- €342.12 due in month 2
- €342.12 due in month 3
- €342.12 due in month 4
- €342.12 due in month 5
- €342.12 due in month 6
- €342.12 due in month 7
- €342.12 due in month 8
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BA (Ord) Inclusive Education Practice
1st October 2025
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