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

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Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

The University of Gloucestershire is a nationally approved NASENCo award provider who have met the quality standards.

This course runs from January to July 2017 with the last assessment submission in October 2017.

This programme enables you to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate (60 Masters level credits), which you can also use towards gaining the MEd in Inclusive Education.

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.

Study style

Study is on a part-time basis, with assessment via one written assignment for each module.

Entry requirements

  • You will need at least a 2.2 Honours degree or equivalent
  • Or a relevant postgraduate or professional qualification and/or work experience
  • This course is not available for international students


Fees - 2017/18 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Postgraduate Certificate £2000

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full or part-time study. Fees can be paid in instalments over the duration of study with further details available in our tuition fee policy.


  • New and recently appointed SENCos -the National Award for SEN Co-ordination is a statutory requirement for new SENCos to achieve
  • Aspiring SENCos - the course is also open to those teachers who wish to become SENCos. On successful completion, you will achieve the Postgraduate Certificate and on becoming a SENCo, you will achieve the National Award
  • Experienced SENCos.

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