Taught course

National Award for SEN Co-ordination

Newman University · Department of Education and Professional Studies

Entry requirements

An Honours degree in a relevant subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

The Role of SENCO (30 Credits)

This module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to appreciate and develop the personal and professional qualities and leadership skills they need to promote inclusive practice and support the interests and needs of children, young people and pupils with SEND and disabilities. Students will be encouraged to critically reflect on the role of the SENCO and to critically evaluate their practice in the aspects of multi-agency working, meeting statutory responsibilities and deploying resources and systems to improve outcomes for pupils with a range of SEND and their families.

Inclusion and Special Educational Needs and Disability (30 Credits)

This module offers students the opportunity to explore the concepts of inclusion and special educational needs and disability and to critically engage with the debates surrounding the inclusion ‘agenda.’ They will gain a critical understanding of how SEND can affect pupils’ participation and learning and can cause barriers to learning that can lead to underachievement. They will explore strategies to promote a whole school culture of high expectations and best practice in teaching and learning to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND.

Professional Portfolio: National Award for SEN Co-ordination

This level 7 module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to achieve the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination. Students will be expected to evidence all the learning outcomes for the National Award by completing an electronic portfolio. The evidence will be drawn from school based activities, policies, procedures and systems that SENCOs have put in place, used, developed or reviewed. The evidence will be accompanied by a series of critical reflections on the student’s professional practice informed by recent research and reading.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment60

Course contact details

Dawn Picken
0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2650)