Taught course

Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)

University of Reading · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

You 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.

Apart from the standard university entry requirements, students need to be qualified teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and be currently working in a school.

Months of entry


Course content

We are one of the leading providers of teacher training in the UK, and are ranked eighth for education in the Guardian University Guide 2016.

Our Institute of Education is committed to providing quality postgraduate programmes for current and aspiring teachers. We enable them to meet their personal career aspirations and to have a direct positive impact on the lives of the children and young people in their care. We have a flexible range of programmes to suit your interests.

As well as our teacher training programmes, you can also study for an MA in Education or choose one of our pathways, which will give you a more specialised qualification. We also have excellent partnership arrangements with over 300 local schools. These partnerships ensure that we can offer first-rate placement opportunities to our students, many of which lead to roles once they graduate.

Our work extends around the globe with consultancy work and other projects taking us to countries as varied as China, Jamaica, the US and Singapore. We also have a wonderfully diverse community of international students from over 100 countries, taking short courses, master’s degrees and PhDs with us.

  • The PGCert SENCo is required for all new SENCos within three years of appointment
  • Reflect on, examine and explore ways to meet individual differences through appropriate educational provision
  • Consists of three 20-credit modules, which provide a combination of theoretical and practical information
  • Taught by expert practitioners, researchers and academics

In addition to the many master’s and PhD graduates, each year we have over 500 students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Our excellent links with local schools ensure that our employment rates are consistently high, with 100% going on to work or study after the programme and 95% in employment within six months of the programme.

With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent pension and better work-life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today. Our master’s and professional programmes have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies on to EdD/ PhD programmes to develop a career in educational research.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Institute of Education