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National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination (0-5 years)

Canterbury Christ Church University · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education

Entry requirements

This course is for qualified teachers holding Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)/Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) who have recently been appointed to the role of Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), or who are aspiring SENCOs.

If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

Months of entry


Course content

If you hold qualified teacher status and wish to, or have been appointed SEN co-ordinator for the 0-5 age range, we can help you fulfil the requirement to gain the National Award for SEN Co-ordination (0-5 years). Canterbury Christ Church University is one of the country's largest and most experienced provider of courses such as this, and is a fully approved NASEN training provider. Our team has worked with well over 1,100 SENCOs, so you can be sure of the best teaching – helping you further your career.

The National Award for SEN Co-ordination (0-5 Years) is a one year, part time postgraduate certificate course, which, on successful completion of the assessed work will give SENCOs 60 Masters level credits (the equivalent to a third of a full Masters).

Having now worked with over 1,100 SENCOs from maintained, specialist and independent sector settings, we have clear evidence of the impact that this training course has had upon not only the SENCO, in terms of developing confidence and understanding of current legislation and the impacts that this has for practice. This in turn has impacted upon the school settings through developing capacity and strategic leadership.

All schools are noticing an increase in the number of complex educational needs that staff are needing to understand and manage, and this course therefore provides SENCOs with up to date information about a range of best practices, in terms of the understanding and identification of need, as well as effective processes and practices to support a strategic rather reactive approach to meeting needs.

SENCOs also have the benefit of studying within localised cohorts of around 20: this provides a supportive network, and enables the SENCO to gain first hand understanding of the wider context of SEN, and alternative ways to approach the meeting of needs.

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from International Students. For more information please visit our website.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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