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National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Education

Entry requirements

If you are an experienced SENCo or SENCo new to the role in a mainstream secondary or primary school, and hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), then you can apply. If you are in Further Education and have Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) or you are in Early Years and hold Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) you are also eligible to apply.

Aspirant SENCos may apply if they have appropriate experience and can confirm on application an agreement to work closely and collaboratively with their school's existing SEND team to meet all learning outcomes.

Months of entry


Course content

The National Award for SEN Coordination remains a mandatory requirement for newly appointed SENCos from 2008. SENCos must complete the Award within three years of appointment. Experienced SENCos and aspirant SENCos with appropriate experience and access to working with the SEND leadership at a strategic level are also welcome to apply.

Our 60-credit, Postgraduate Certificate programme builds upon seven years of development and successful delivery. This qualification is proving key to effective SEND provision development, career progression and a first step to completion of a Masters in Inclusive Education.

The award is designed, delivered and assessed to provide evidence for National College for Teaching and Learning Outcomes standards. Engagement in the award impacts upon the provision in schools and on the progress of children with SEN.

We offer a choice of delivery models, both daytime and evening, on campus and in local authorities, subject to group viability and an existing Collaborative Partnership arrangement being in place.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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