National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination (Postgraduate Certificate)

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Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

This course starts in January with the majority of teaching being completed by the end of the summer term with the last assessment submission in October.

The National Award for SEN Co-ordination is a statutory requirement for new SENCos to achieve within three years of appointment.

The course is open to new SENCos, aspiring SENCos - and experienced SENCos who may wish to update and review their thinking and practice.

This programme enables you to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate (60 Masters level credits), which you can also use towards gaining the MA in Inclusive Education. In addition, students who have QTS/QTLS and complete a portfolio to evidence they meet NCTL learning outcomes for SENCos are eligible for the NASENCO Award.

The course comprises two 30-credit Masters level modules and critically considers current issues, debates, theories, recent research findings and the practical implications of special educational needs provision. The first module concentrates on the contexts for SEN/D practice at the present time and the influence of this on developing school policy and practice. The second module focuses on the SENCO’s role in leading and supporting provision for learners with SEN.

Study style

Study is on a part-time basis. Assessment includes a presentation, a written assignment and a small-scale research project.

In order to achieve the NASENCo Award students also need to submit a professional portfolio and have QTS/QTLS.

Those students who are qualified teachers and gain the Postgraduate Certificate can convert their award to a National SENCO Award within five years on submission of their SENCO portfolio.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2:2 Honours degree
  • Professional experience of working in an education setting
  • This course is not available for international students


Fees - 2018/19 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Postgraduate Certificate £2100

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  • SENCO / Inclusion Manager
  • Middle and Senior leadership roles
  • Teachers and lecturers wishing to develop their practice
  • Progression for further study onto MA and PhD /EdD

Develops your capacity to increase the participation of pupils with SEN and/or disabilities in mainstream education
Enables you to analyse, interpret and critically evaluate relevant research, policy and inspection documentation useful to the role of SENCo
Develops your critical understanding of theory and practice for special educational needs and the changing role of the SENCo in mainstream educational institutions

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National Award for SEN Coordination