Taught course

National Award for SEN Coordination

Liverpool Hope University · Education

Entry requirements

• First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline (applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent), but have appropriate professional experience may be considered).

• Open to both aspiring and experienced SENCos.

• Applicants must hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status or be an Early Years Teacher Status SENCo responsible for ages 0-5 only, or equivalent.

• All participants must have completed an induction period (SEND Regs 2014, paragraph 49).

• All applicants need approval from their Headteacher indicating their support.

Months of entry

February, September

Course content

This Postgraduate Certificate aims to enable SENCos and aspiring SENCos to gain the confidence needed to strategically lead SEND provision in their settings. Through critical reflection, participants on the programme will consider the ways the SENCo can work with senior colleagues, governors and the wider learning community to reduce barriers to participation and learning for pupils.

• Mandatory qualification that all newly qualified SENCos must achieve within three years of appointment, when working in maintained mainstream, academy and free schools.

• Meets the requirements of the SEN Code of Practice (2015 Section 6.86).

• Provides up-to-date knowledge support for experienced SENCos and aspiring SENCos, showing a commitment to Continuing Professional Development.
• The two modules that make up the award each carry 30 Masters-level credits, which can be used towards a Masters in Education.
• Study from home with our flexible online learning, which enables you to schedule your study pattern around other obligations, providing a high quality specialist SEND education tailored to your lifestyle.
Module Overview
Module 1: Professional Knowledge and Understanding of the SENCo Role
Together we will explore the legislative context for SEN, and support you in developing a workingknowledge of it so you can be successful in your role as a SENCo. This will help develop your knowledge of effective leadership and practice theory, along with your understanding of, and an engagement with, current policy, legal and professional contexts. By the end of the module, you will have grown in your capacity to identify, assess and provide for children with special educational needs.
• The statutory and regulatory context for SEN and disability equality, and the implications for practice in your school/work setting.
• The principles and practice of leadership in different contexts.
• How SEN and disabilities affect pupils’ participation and learning.
• Strategies for improving outcomes for pupils with SEN and/or disabilities.
Module 2: Leading and Coordinating SEND Provision
This module focuses on how effective partnerships can be created to meet the needs of children and young people and their families. Topics covered will help you identify and use the knowledge, skills and values required to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders. You will explore the use of data, systems and external sources of support and their impact on your professional practice.
• Work strategically with senior colleagues and governors.
• Lead, develop and, where necessary, challenge senior leaders, colleagues and governors.
• Critically evaluate evidence about learning, teaching and assessment in relation to pupils with SEN.
• Develop, implement, monitor and evaluate systems.

Information for international students

This course is only open to students working in English schools.

Fees and funding

Modules 1 & 2 - Postgraduate Certificate - National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (60 Masters- level credits)

Full Rate: £1,733

Graduate 600 Rate: £1,532*

Partner School Rate*: £1,386**

*Graduate 600 - Reduced Fee for Home students who have obtained a 2.1 or 1st class degree at Liverpool Hope University within the last 3 years.

** A Partner School is any school that has an Initial Teacher Education (ITE) partnership arrangement with Liverpool Hope University and who work with our students on providing school placements.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

The PLD Team