Taught course

Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Health

Entry requirements

You will need:
  • minimum 2:2 honours degree or recognised equivalent
  • a Certificate in Education (post 16) with appropriate professional experience
Additional information
  • IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)
  • Pearson PTE Academic 64 (minimum 59 in each component for UKVI purposes)
  • All offers are conditional on applicants securing satisfactory Enhanced DBS Disclosure and health checks
If you have any specific queries, please contact yvonne.sutton@si.liverpool.gov.uk

Months of entry


Course content

Gain the Department for Education’s recommended professional qualification for SENCOs with School Improvement Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University.
  • Enrol on this practical, relevant programme, designed by SENCOs for SENCOs
  • Meet the learning outcomes for the National Award for SEN Coordination
  • Study assignments designed to complement your day-to-day work and enjoy realistic timelines
  • Embark on six full day sessions, all in term time
  • Benefit from additional twilight sessions arranged to meet the needs of the cohort
  • Learn from experienced and highly regarded tutors who are approachable and willing to help
  • Network and share ideas and best practice
  • Consider literature that impacts on the SENCO role
  • Access University resources and benefits
The 12 month programme prepares aspiring and new SENCOs to meet the national learning outcomes that all SENCOs must achieve in their first three years of being in post.
Developed by School Improvement Liverpool’s Inclusive Learning team, alongside colleagues from LJMU, our programme is relevant and accessible.
It carries 60 credits at Level 7 (Masters level).

Designed to meet the individual professional development needs of SENCOs in a variety of settings, the programme develops student confidence and competency through extending and enhancing professional expertise.
Enthusiastic, expert and highly regarded tutors enable you to: develop practitioner enquiry skills and disseminate findings; review personal professional achievements and development needs and provide evidence of your commitment to development.
Study on this programme prepares you to provide leadership and professional guidance to colleagues and work closely with staff, parents and carers. It challenges you to promote person-centred, inclusive practice in which the interests and needs of pupils with SEN and/or disabilities are at the heart of everything you do.

Information for international students

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.
Please be aware that the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your tuition fees. Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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