Taught course

National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCo)

University of Chester · Faculty of Education and Children's Services

Entry requirements

Applicants must be qualified teachers and will normally be working in the area of SEN, or aspiring to acquire specialist SEN knowledge and skills and/or the National SENCO Award.

Applicants will need to show evidence of Qualified Teacher Status and of their first degree to obtain admission to the NASENCo.

Months of entry


Course content

This course fulfills the training requirements of The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2015) which envisages that a SENCO will provide leadership and professional guidance to colleagues and will work closely with staff, parents and carers, etc. It challenges SENCOs to promote person-centred, inclusive, practice in which the interests and needs of pupils with SEN and/or disabilities are at the heart of everything that they do.

At Chester the NASENCo also forms part of the MA in Special Educational Needs and Disability.

It takes as its ideology the notion that person-centred, inclusive thinking that foregrounds individual interests and needs of children, young people and adults with SEN and/or disabilities is at the heart of all practice. It is based on the premise that parents and carers are equal partners in securing achievement, progress and well-being, and that value-free understanding of social and familial contexts is crucial in responding to a child, young person or vulnerable adult with SEN.

Teaching approaches are designed to engage you as a self-directed learner, and include lectures, group work, discussion, independent research, personal contextualised reflection, tutorials, and use of the University’s Moodle virtual learning environment. You will attend two weekends per module on a Friday evening and Saturday. Contact hours are 5-7pm on Fridays and 9.30am-4.30pm on Saturdays. You will also be expected to undertake 184 hours’ non-contact-guided study per module.

Assessment tasks include essays, small-scale practitioner enquiry, analytical case study and a professional portfolio with a critical commentary.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Faculty of Education and Children's Services