PgCert Special Educational Needs Co-Ordination (National Award for SEN Co-Ordination)

Year of Entry 2024/25
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Special Educational Needs Co-Ordination (National Award for SEN Co-Ordination)

Develop your understanding of Special Educational Needs Coordination, gaining a mandatory qualification for all SENCOs appointed since 2008.

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What is the fee? Home: £3,440 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2024

Course summary

  • Create professional and personal development opportunities for Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs).
  • Empower SENCOs to develop, influence and lead practice and policy in their current and/or future contexts.
  • Establish an authoritative voice within your school or setting founded on a broad and deep knowledge base.
  • Enable SENCOs to challenge their own and others' values and assumptions through a critical evaluation of legislation, theory, policy and practice.

This course has been developed for those currently working as, or aspiring to be, special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs) and is mandatory for all SENCOs appointed since 2008. It has been accredited by NASENCO and has been devised in order to address the professional learning outcomes required for the National Award.

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All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

A large proportion of your studies will be undertaken at your current educational setting, and you'll spend up to ten teaching/tutorial/study days which are spread over the course duration. You'll study Special Educational Needs coordination in the role of both manager and leader; evaluating and developing policy, promoting sound person-centred planning and building professional partnerships. You'll be supported by Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) specialists throughout your study, and this course has been widely praised for its contribution to the provision with children with SEND.

You learn through

  • Practice-based learning
  • Written assignments
  • Teaching/tutorial/study days
  • Workplace evaluations

Applied learning

Work placements

You will apply your studies to your current position as a SENCO or in a Special Educational Needs-related position, and will be mentored throughout in doing so.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • Special Educational Needs Coordination
  • Further studies at masters level

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Entry requirements

All students

To apply for this course you must have QTS, QTLS or EYTS and and have completed a period of induction. You must be a qualified teacher who is:

• designated as the SENCO


• an aspiring SENCO


• an inclusion manager


• in a position to undertake the duties of a SENCO

You also need a document from your head teacher (DOC, 81KB) supporting your application and to provide your sponsorship details (DOCX, 137.8KB)

The course is designed for new SENCOs but we also welcome applications from experienced SENCOs. The SENCo Award must be achieved within 3 years of appointment to the role.

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, email our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Senco As Leader: People, Principles And Partnerships Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Senco As Manager: Evaluating And Developing Policy And Provision Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2024/25 is £3,400 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.


How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

Apply for September 2024

You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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We are Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the outstanding quality of our teaching and student outcomes

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