Taught course

National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Education

Entry requirements

Experienced or newly appointed SENCos:

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), (QTLS) or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)
  • School staff in the role of SENCo will have completed an induction period

Aspirant SENCos:

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), (QTLS) or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)
  • Evidence of appropriate experience and support from your school to undertake qualification
  • Able to meet all NASENCo learning outcomes.

Months of entry


Course content

The National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination is a mandatory qualification for all newly appointed Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCo) in mainstream schools within 3 years of appointment to the role.

We offer a choice of study options for you to obtain your qualification. An on-campus route, where you’ll attend a university-based group, and local area routes, where you’ll attend groups within your local authority/teaching school alliance/academy trust (subject to group viability and partnership provision arrangement being in place). We currently have 12 local area groups across the North West and Cheshire.

We aim to help SENCos across the region gain the confidence to successfully lead and strengthen SEND provision in their school. To this day, we’ve successfully engage 1,500 students with our training on this important course.

On our course, you’ll critically evaluate evidence on learning, teaching and assessing pupils with SEND. You’ll develop the skills to work strategically with senior colleagues and governors, to increase participation and improve the lives and outcomes for pupils experiencing barriers to their learning.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PCert
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)161 247 6969