Taught course

Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)

University of Reading · Institute of Education

Entry requirements

You are normally required to (1) have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK), (2) be a qualified teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or equivalent further education or early years qualification, and (3) be currently working in a school or similar education provider. If you have other qualifications and a number of years’ relevant work experience, then you may also be eligible to apply, but cannot attain PGCert SENCo without QTS or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

* 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 and a non-credit bearing module (The Portfolio), which provide a combination of theoretical information and practical skills.
* Taught by expert practitioners, researchers and academics

About the Department

Our Institute of Education is an established leading provider of high-quality training and research in education. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment (2014), 80% of our research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent, with a global impact on educational policy and practice.

Our passion for transforming lives through education is at the heart of our commitment to developing caring, reflective, professional educational practitioners. Our networks and the impact of our work are both local and global. Locally, we have well-established partnerships with over 300 schools, which we work closely with to train the next generation of outstanding teachers. Globally, our research, consultancy and other projects extend to countries as varied as China, Jamaica, the USA and Singapore.

At master’s level, we offer a broad range of courses including a flexible MA Education with specialised pathways; certificates in Early Years Practice, Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and Reflective Practice; and an extensive range of teacher training courses with first-rate placements. Additionally, we co-deliver an MA English Language Education course with Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see the website for fee information per year
International students
Please see the website for fee information per year

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team