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Complete your National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination part-time over one year at a University rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

  • Ideal for experienced, newly appointed, deputy or aspiring SENCos.

Why study National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination?

The National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination is a mandatory qualification (to be completed within three years of appointment) for all newly appointed Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCo) in mainstream, academies and free schools.

It is also relevant for SENCos/aspiring SENCos in specialist settings, further education and in the early years sector. The course combines the study and application of practice and theory to develop the knowledge, skills and qualities of a successful SENCo.  

Why St Mary's?

Building on our long tradition of excellence in teacher education, the programme is delivered by tutors and relevant guest lecturers with practice and research expertise in the field of SEN and inclusive education.

Along with the opportunity to network and learn from colleagues in other settings, we also personalise your learning through one-to-one tutorials.

You will have access to excellent online learning resources as well as a dedicated library for Education students; the Naylor library, which has numerous study spaces, open access IT facilities and a café.

Entry requirements

2:2 Previous degree

This programme is designed for experienced, newly appointed, deputy or aspiring SENCos who meet the following requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent in any subject (2:2 or higher)
  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), (QTLS) or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)
  • Completion of a Headteacher approval form indicating support for you to complete the Learning Log activities

Further information

For more information about entry requirements please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

Course content

Modules

  • Leading and Coordinating Provision for Students with SEN and/or Disabilities Core
  • Inclusive Pedagogy: Learning and Teaching For All  Core

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Career opportunities

Many graduates go on to apply for new opportunities within inclusive education, as well as promotions to senior leadership roles in schools.

The 60 credits gained from this Postgraduate Certificate can be put towards a postgraduate diploma (120 credits) or masters degree (180 credits) offered through our MA Education pathways which include Leading Innovation and Change, Pedagogy and Inclusive Practice.

How the degree is taught

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

We offer a blended learning route or a face to face learning route to suit your learning preference and context.

Blended learning

Each module is delivered face to face over two days through a combination of seminars and workshops. A further two days is delivered through recorded and live webinars. Tutorials are arranged separately.  

Face to face

Each module is delivered over four days through a combination of seminars and workshops. Tutorials are arranged separately.  

Assessment methods

Learning is assessed through two practice-based written assignments of 6,000 words each.

As part of the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination, SENCos are also required to complete a Learning Log of identified activities in their setting.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

September 2021

  • Home: £2,500
  • International: Student visa not accepted

Part-time fees

Part-time students will be charged for the modules undertaken per academic year. Module prices are calculated as a percentage of credits against the total credits and cost of the degree.

Tuition fees are subject to an inflationary increase each year, meaning if your course runs over more than one academic year you may pay an increased fee per module for each subsequent year of study. Tuition fee increases for returning students will be capped at the higher of 5% per annum or the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation in the United Kingdom.

Funding

Government-funded loans of over £11,000 are available to many UK/EU postgraduate students.

For guidance about financing your studies, including information about the government-funded loans, please check out Fees & Funding section.

International Students should check their eligibility for our International Scholarship.

Alumni discount

A 10% tuition fee discount is available for St Mary's alumni planning to study this programme.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken For further information about additional costs please contact catherine.carroll@stmarys.ac.uk.

Facilities

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