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• 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.
• School staff in the role of SENCo will have completed an induction period (SEND Regs 2014, paragraph 49).
• All applicants need approval from their Headteacher indicating their support.
Months of entry
February, April, September
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).
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.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- part time12 months
- Online learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- The CPD Team