Taught course

National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (SENCO)

Nottingham Trent University · Nottingham Institute of Education
National Award

Entry requirements

You must be either: a current SEN Coordinator, or expecting to take up a SEN Coordinator role during your study. You must have obtained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status, prior to applying.

Months of entry


Course content

This one year, National Award is available to SENCOs from any school in the UK. It is delivered though a partnership between Nottingham Trent University and Nottinghamshire County Council. Prior to the establishment of the National Award, we had an established track record of jointly delivering a highly regarded induction course for SENCOs.

Why study this course?

  • Achievement of this National Award is a legal requirement for all new SENCOs
  • With only five compulsory days attendance, and distance support it is ideal to fit in with a busy lifestyle
  • Benefit from a course leader with a national and international reputation in special education and inclusion
  • Access all the University's resources and online workspace.

The National Award comprises of two elements: A practical competency framework where you collect evidence for a series of nationally-set professional outcomes, and Master's level study (60 credits), which can be used towards gaining an MA in Special and Inclusive Education.

Study sessions involve: five compulsory days attendance the University, five days for independent set tasks, and Personal or virtual tutorial and tutor support sessions as required by you.

Contact the Course Leader for more information and an application form.

Course Leader: Professor Gill Richards gill.richards@ntu.ac.uk.

Fees and funding

UK students
£1,600 (entry in September 2015)

Qualification and course duration

National Award

part time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Leader: Gill Richards