Taught course

National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination

UCL - University College London · Psychology and Human Development

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to be qualified teachers and have a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Those who do not meet these criteria have to show an ability to meet the demands of the programme through an extended personal statement. Applicants need to be a SENCO or aspiring SENCO and have a signed letter from their head teacher or line manager indicating support for you to meet all the learning outcomes of the National Award for SENCOs. If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. The English language level for this programme is: Special. Only the IELTS or a pass to the required standard in the Institute of Education's pre-sessional English (PASHE) course are accepted. If taking IELTS, applicants must obtain an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in the reading subtest and 6.0 in the writing subtest.. Further information can be found on our English language requirements http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements page.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

The programme aims to develop participants’ professional knowledge and critical understanding of key concepts and debates addressed in the academic and professional literature and to apply this professional knowledge and understanding in order to lead and coordinate special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision across an education setting.

This programme is run by the SENJIT (Special Educational Needs Joint Initiative for Training) centre at UCL, which has a national and international profile in delivering Master's programmes in special educational needs (SEN). It is delivered by specialists who currently practice in the field along with researchers with international profiles in SEN, disabilities and inclusion.

Students will get the opportunity to meet regularly with colleagues working in different local authorities in London and further afield.

SENJIT offers research-informed and practice-orientated courses and knowledge exchange activities and fosters strong links with local authorities, federations and teaching school alliances.

Modular/flexible: 2 or 3 terms over one academic year;

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
12 months


The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Each module is delivered over 6 days. A Learning Log needs to be completed as the practical component.Assessment is through a practitioner enquiry assignment for each module consisting of 4,500-5000 words per assignment. The focus is on the practitioner as researcher within the participants’ own education institution.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214