Taught course

National Award in Special Educational Needs Coordination

St Mary's University, Twickenham, London

Entry requirements

This programme is designed for experienced, newly appointed, deputy or aspiring SENCos who meet the following requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent in any subject (2:2 or higher)
  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), (QTLS) or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS)
  • Completion of a Headteacher approval form indicating support for you to complete the Learning Log activities

Months of entry


Course content

Why study National Award in Special Educational Needs Coordination

The National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination is a mandatory qualification for all newly appointed Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCo) in mainstream, academies and free schools.

It is also relevant for SENCos/aspiring SENCos in specialist settings, further education and in the early years sector. The course combines the study and application of practice and theory to develop the knowledge, skills and qualities of a successful SENCo.

Why St Mary's

Building on our long tradition of excellence in teacher education, the programme is delivered by tutors and relevant guest lecturers with practice and research expertise in the field of SEN and inclusive education.

Along with the opportunity to network and learn from colleagues in other settings, we also personalise your learning through one-to-one tutorials.

You will have access to excellent online learning resources as well as a dedicated library for Education students; the Naylor library, which has numerous study spaces, open access IT facilities and a café.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Catherine Carroll