Taught course

Special and Inclusive Education (National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinators)

Northumbria University · Teacher Education

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree.

Months of entry


Course content

The National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCos) is a legal requirement for SENCos new to post since 2009 in maintained mainstream schools, nurseries, academies, free schools and pupil referral units (PRUs). All schools have a legal duty to appoint a Fully Qualified teacher as their SENCo.

In the latest educational reform the Special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years (2015), the government’s vision is that ‘the provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities is the same as for all children and young people – that they achieve well in their early years, at school and in college, and lead happy and fulfilled lives.’ This code supports the Equality Act (2010) and the SALT Report (2010) which indicated that equality and educational outcomes are reliant upon a teaching workforce that is prepared for the diversity of mainstream and special school classrooms.

With the Special education and Disability Regulations, there is now an increasing need for teacher training and Continual Professional Development that prepares teachers for the variety of needs that children and young people present. With the increasing demand for Special Education Co-ordinators in Early Years Settings, schools and other alternative education providers like Pupil Referral Units and further Education colleges, this postgraduate qualification will meet that agenda.

There is a requirement for SENCOs in mainstream schools to hold qualified teacher status (QTS). The SENCo aspect of the programme, therefore, will apply only to those who hold the status. Those who wish to complete the programme without the status will in effect, only achieve the SEN and Inclusion aspect of the award, hence the bracketing of the award.

Information for international students

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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0191 227 4453