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Postgraduate Certificate Special Educational Needs Coordination

University of Huddersfield · School of Education and Professional Development

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An honours degree in a relevant subject at 2:2 or above, or a professional equivalent
  • All entrants must also meet the entry requirements for the SENCo award as defined by National Association for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASEN) This is available at nasen.org.uk (and for September 2019 is: All entrants must have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and be working as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) or assistant SENCO or able to closely shadow a SENCO)
  • All entrants must have written commitment from their Head Teacher to release the applicant for the appropriate time to fulfil course study requirements

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Months of entry


Course content

This course develops your knowledge and expertise in the area of special educational needs and disability (SEND), while fulfilling the Department for Education requirements for the role of special educational needs co-ordination (SENCo).

The 2015 Special Educational Needs Code of Practice stipulates that schools must provide a qualified SENCo, and for SENCos new to the role, it is mandatory to gain this award within three years of taking up the role. This course will support SENCos and aspiring SENCos to develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of special educational needs and disabilities. It also covers key concepts in leadership, supporting students to fulfil the strategic role required of SENCos in schools.

Fees and funding

Please check our website for fee information

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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