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National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCO Award) PgCert

University of Gloucestershire

What is National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCO Award) PgCert?

This course leads to the National Award for SEN Co-ordination, a statutory requirement for new SENCOs in post since 2009 within 3 years of appointment. It’s suitable if you have QTS/QLS – Qualified Teacher Status and you’ve completed your induction period according to SEND Regs 2014, para:24 – or EYTS for an award applicable to 0-5 only.

The course content is designed for students who are currently working in a wide range of settings – from early years to further education. You’ll be encouraged to bring your own professional experiences into your studies. Current research underpins the teaching on this dynamic course, combining theory with practical exercises.

Study style

The curriculum includes direct teaching plus guided independent study, and you’ll be assessed 100% by coursework. You’ll be supported by highly experienced and research-active teaching staff, who can support the needs of part-time students. You’ll need to have the endorsement of the Head Teacher / Executive in your setting, enabling you to use real world practice for reflection.

There are two outcomes for this course – the Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs, and the National Award of SEN Coordination (NASENCO). Those students who are qualified teachers and gain the Postgraduate Certificate can convert their award to a NASENCO Award within five years on completion of their SENCO portfolio.

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Entry requirements

    • You should hold at least a  2.2 Bachelors degree with honours.

    • We will consider a comparable professional or postgraduate qualification

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

Students usually support themselves through the postgraduate loan, private savings, family support or sponsorship from an employer. For advice and guidance on your funding options, contact the Money Advice team at or call 01242 714535.

UoG graduates receive up to 20% off postgraduate tuition fees. Terms apply.

Start date Location Course code Total Fee (UK) Total Fee (international)
Jan 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham £2,500 £5,300
Jan 2025 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham £2,690 £5,700
Jan 2026 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham TBC TBC

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Industry links

You’ll benefit from guest speakers – both the university’s own alumni and professionals from areas of education related to SEN.

Develop your critical understanding

Gain critical insight into theory and practice for special educational needs, as well as the changing role of the SENCo in mainstream educational institutions.

Gain an essential qualification

Achieve the essential National Award for SEN-Co-ordination and equip yourself with the critical thinking skills required to support your students.

Learn alongside your current role

Study alongside your current employment and advance your knowledge and experience in the SEN field to enrich your practice.

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