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The National Award for SEN Co-ordination 

Postgraduate Certificate 2020/21

Do you want to achieve a nationally recognised award as a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo)?

 Completion of the course has been mandatory for the teacher designated as the SENCo since 2009. New SENCos must gain this qualification within three years of taking up their SENCo post. It may also be relevant for those aspiring to be SENCos or those who were already in the post of SENCo prior to 2009 and wish to pursue accredited professional development in this area. Successful completion of the course entitles candidates with 60 credits which can be used towards an MA in SEN and Inclusion.

The programme is taught by experienced senior lecturers from the Faculty of Health, Education and Society alongside local authority and teaching school partners who have expertise in Special Educational Needs. This programme is endorsed by NASEN.

Taught sessions will typically take place at venues across the East Midlands following an induction day currently proposed to take place at the University of Northampton’s Waterside Campus on Saturday 7th November 2020

The overall aims of the course are to:

  • develop inclusive teaching approaches and co-ordinate provision for pupils with SEN and/or disabilities in their schools
  • apply methods to identify additional needs and monitor the progress of pupils with SEN and/or disabilities
  • instigate evidence-based, strategic approaches when deploying, supporting and managing other teaching and support staff
  • establish networks and partnerships with other SENCos and local partners

The programme includes:

  • two modules each worth 30 Level 7 credits at Master's Level (assessed through two 5000 word assignments)
  • Active Blended Learning including taught sessions spread across the academic year
  • online support – discussion groups, networking
  • access to university support and services
  • mentor support


For information and applications, email


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Cost: £2000 

Duration: 1 year Part time

Closing date for applications: 23/10/2020



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