Taught course

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Education, Health and Community

Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

You will need:

  • an Honours degree (minimum 2:2) or recognised equivalent
  • a Certificate in Education (post 16) with appropriate professional experience
  • applicants should normally hold QTS. However, without QTS but with similar experience, applicants will be considered on a case by case basis

All offers are conditional on applicants securing satisfactory Enhanced DBS Disclosure and health checks.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.

If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.

Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.

In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Months of entry


Course content

Developed and delivered in partnership by LJMU and School Improvement Liverpool, this innovative programme meets the requirements of the National Award for SENCOs. It provides a unique professional development experience, enabling you to fulfil the role’s demanding expectations.

  • A practical, relevant programme, designed by SENCOs for SENCOs
  • Delivered by experts in the field who bring professional currency and academic expertise to the fore
  • Covers a wide range of topics and enables you to develop your ability to fulfil a strategic leadership role
  • Enables you to work with colleagues from other Local Education Authorities and education sectors
  • Provides significant benefits for your organisation and for you professionally, as a nationally qualified SENCO
  • Offers tailored support and guidance as you need it

Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) play a vital role in leading the co-ordination of provision for children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities in schools.

This programme has been carefully mapped against the learning outcomes of the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NCTL, June 2014).

It is taught during six full training days and six additional twilight sessions. These are organised on a half-termly basis at the Toxteth Annexe Conference Centre and the IM Marsh Campus in South Liverpool.

The programme will enable you to expand your knowledge and understanding of the SENCO role through learning based on engagement with current educational theory, research, policy and practice in Special Educational Needs Coordination.

You will develop critical professional practice through analysis of, reflection on, and engagement with this knowledge and understanding in your professional setting.

The programme utilises a wide range of activities to develop learning, with an emphasis on teaching approaches which build on your experience in educational workplaces.

Learning activities are designed to encourage critical engagement with literature; theory; research and critical analysis and reflection on practice.

Lectures and workshops are highly interactive drawing on your knowledge, understanding and skills in analysing and constructing responses to real problems and then developing these understandings through reference to academic literature.

Information for international students

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
See below months

Further details of qualification

It is taught during six full training days and six additional twilight sessions. These are organised on a half-termly basis at the Toxteth Annexe Conference Centre and the IM Marsh Campus in South Liverpool.

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44(0)151 231 5090