Taught course


University of Reading · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally required to have a good undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years’ relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply. Students need to be qualified teachers with QTS and working in a school.

Months of entry


Course content

The PGCert SENCO is required for all new SENCOs and will help deepen their understanding of teaching and learning for all pupils, by getting participants to reflect on and examine individual difference and explore ways to meet that difference through appropriate educational provision.

The course involves three 20-credit modules which provide a combination of theoretical and practical information about meeting the needs of all students. The course is run in conjunction with Berkshire and Surrey local authorities and teaching is done by expert practitioners and academics. Assignments take a practical schoolbased focus.

Information for international students

Evidence of English Language ability required. Normal requirements are: an overall score of 7.0 in the International English Language Test Score (IELTS) with no individual element scoring less than 6.0; or an overall score of 6.5 in the IELTS with no individual element scoring less than 5.5.

Qualification and course duration


part time
up to 36 months

Course contact details

Dr Cathy Tissot