Taught course

National Award for Special Needs Co-ordination

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

Develop the knowledge and skills to become a leader for special educational needs and disability (SEND) in your school. Gain the confidence to increase the participation and achievement for children and young people with SEND.

On this part-time course, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge to improve the provision and outcomes for students in your school experiencing barriers to their learning.

Some of the topics you’ll explore include how national SEND policy affects your practice, how SEND impacts on pupils’ participation, and strategies to improve outcomes for pupils.

You’ll critically evaluate evidence on learning, teaching and assessing pupils with SEND, such as the impact of research evidence or the use of practical training tools. You’ll develop the skills to work strategically with senior colleagues and governors, challenging them where necessary.

If you’re a newly appointed SENCo, the National Award for Special Educational Needs (NASENCo) is a mandatory requirement. You need to complete this within three years of being appointed to your new role.

At Manchester Met, we offer a choice of study options for the course, including a campus route and local study within your local authority/teaching school alliance/academy trust.

The latter is subject to group viability and an existing collaborative partnership/off-site teaching provision arrangement being in place.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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