PgCert National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination

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Develop the knowledge and skills to become a leader for special educational needs and disability (SEND) in your school. Gain the confidence to  increase the participation and achievement for children and young people with SEND.

On this part-time course, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to improve the provision and outcomes for students in your school experiencing barriers to their learning.

Some of the topics you’ll explore include how national SEND policy affects your practice, how SEND impacts on pupils’ participation, and strategies to improve outcomes for pupils.

You’ll critically evaluate evidence on learning, teaching and assessing pupils with SEND, such as the impact of research evidence or the use of practical training tools. You’ll develop the skills to work strategically with senior colleagues and governors, challenging them where necessary.

If you’re a newly appointed SENCo, the National Award for Special Educational Needs (NASENCo) is a mandatory requirement. You need to complete this within three years of being appointed to your new role.

At Manchester Met, we offer both a campus route and study within your local area.

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Career Prospects

When you graduate, you could apply for new opportunities within special educational needs, as well as promotions to senior leadership roles in schools.

You’ll gain 60 credits when you complete the PgCert NASENCo and you can put these towards a postgraduate diploma (120 credits) or masters degree (180 credits).

Some of the courses you could study include MA Special Educational Needs and Inclusive Education, and MA Specific Learning Difficulties.

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Entry requirements

If you are an experienced SENCo or SENCo new to the role in a mainstream secondary or primary school, and hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), then you can apply.  If you are in Further Education  and have Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) or you are in Early Years and hold Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) you are also eligible to apply.

Aspirant SENCos may apply if they have appropriate experience and can confirm on application an agreement to work closely and collaboratively with their school's existing SEND team to meet all learning outcomes.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Course details

The PgCert NASENCo programme is for teachers who hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

It’s designed to develop your professional skills and knowledge as a special educational needs and disability (SEND) lead. As a graduate, you’ll be able to support children’s participation at school and raise their achievements.

On this part-time course, you’ll complete two core units plus a Practice Credit Portfolio. During Units 1 and 2, you’ll carry out a series of tasks which will make up your Practice Credit Portfolio. You will submit this portfolio as part of the assessment for this course.

We will also assess you through written assignments in Units 1 and 2, and you can focus each assignment on your school or place of work. This helps you to apply the theory you learn to your practice.

Our academic team at Manchester Met includes specialist tutors with experience in teaching children with SEND. In addition, you’ll be taught by some of our collaborative partners, including local authority advisory tutors and educational psychologists.

For September 2019 entry, we offer taught sessions at the University campus as well as taught sessions in your local area in Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

Award units:

Unit 1 (30 CAT) 22/83 KV 0001, Professional Knowledge and Understanding

Unit 2 (30 CAT) 22/83 KV 0002, Leading and Coordinating Provision

Unit 3 22/83 KV 0003 (Practice Credit Units)

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:


Placement options

Although there are no formal placements, our programme evaluation identifies the benefit of the networking opportunities provided by our method of delivery.

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UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1084 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2584 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

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How to apply

Download our Postgraduate Application Form and SENCo supplementary application form.

Completed application forms must be sent to Direct Admissions.

Please note: We can only progress your application if we are in receipt of the following: Postgraduate application, the Supplementary application (including any sponsorship letters if applicable). 


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