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Disability Studies Foundation Degree (FdA) Level 5 (part-time)


This Foundation Degree will offer you the opportunity to explore a range of issues related to the study of disability, including the barriers in society experienced by disabled people. Key issues relating to education, the workplace, housing and relationships will be explored during the course, as well as the link between theory and practice, and the wider world view of disability. Studying this course part-time will offer you the perfect balance between work and study, and will allow to arrange any other commitments you may have comfortably around your studies.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • 120 UCAS points with 80 points from one A2 qualification OR
  • Access to Higher Education Certificate OR
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualification OR
  • Significant experience of working with people with disabilities

You will also need to undertake a paid or voluntary placement in a relevant setting for the duration of the course, one day a week. You will be responsible for arranging your own placement and this is an essential part of any offer made.

Course content

The course will develop your knowledge, skills and understanding of the study of disability, with reference to the continuous demands of the industry.

During the course you will study the following units:

  • Introduction to Higher Education Study
  • Understanding Disability
  • Disability in the Workplace
  • Disabled Lives in Context
  • Disability & Special Needs in Practice
  • Disability: Family, Community & Culture
  • Reflections in Practice.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed via a range of methods during the course, such as presentations, reports, portfolio evidence, assignments and research.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this course you will have enhanced your personal career development opportunities in your workplace, with the potential to move to information and advice, advocacy services, retail or leisure roles, or you may pursue a career in local education authorities, social services or education. You can also progress on to a third year top-up course, delivered at the University of Bedfordshire, to achieve a BA Applied Disability Studies degree.

Additional information

There will be an additional cost for the international trip: please call us for more details.

Course Information & How to Apply

Unfortunately this course has been cancelled. Please ring 01234 291000 or email for alternatives.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
Up to 3 years 28/09/2016 Wed 4.00 pm - 8.00 pm £4500 Cauldwell Street K1515 Course in progress


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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