Taught course

National Award for SEN Coordination: Leading Effective, Inclusive Practice in SEN PG Cert

York St John University · School of Education

Entry requirements


Entry onto this postgraduate course requires a minimum of a 2:2 undergraduate degree in Education or another related subject.

You must have either:

  • QTS or QTLS, be a qualified teacher (i.e. successfully completed your NQT induction period, SEND Regs 2014, paragraph 49)
  • OR Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS - appropriate for ages 0-5 only).

You should also preferably be a SENCO.


In order to engage fully with this programme you must be able to demonstrate that:

  • You have access to children/young people with SEN/D
  • Are able to lead some aspects of SEN/D in a school, college or other educational setting.
  • Have the support of the Headteacher, principal or Chair of Governors.

We will also ask that your Headteacher / line manager completes and returns the School Memorandum of School Memorandum of Support SENCO Award 2021-22 (38.6KB), which indicates the school or setting's support.

International students

If you're an international student, you'll need to demonstrate experience, or qualifications equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent (with no skill below 5.5).

Months of entry


Course content

This course aligns with the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) learning outcomes as stipulated by the Department for Education. The focus is on promoting person-centred, inclusive practice. Also included in the course are opportunities to reflect critically on your practice, appraise and improve your skill set.

The National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination Certificate (NASENCO) will enhance your theoretical understanding of SEN/D and its educational coordination. You will also study relevant policies, practices and resources.

The course has been designed to meet the SENCO learning outcomes required by the Department for Education for SENCOs as well as the needs of schools and colleges in the local area and further afield. The role of SENCO requires you to complete this award within 3 years of your appointment. By focusing on work-based tasks you will develop the skills in independent and self-critical learning which will enable you to deliver positive outcomes for children with SEN/D.

You will explore assumptions underlying SEN/D policy and practice while studying alongside professionals from a range of backgrounds. Through collaborative learning you'll gain confidence in synergising, applying and evaluating theory and practice.

This course enables you to apply your experience and learning by selecting areas of focus that support your professional practice and academic interests.

The course can only be studied part-time (typically three terms over one year). There are two compulsory modules and a portfolio. You will study one module per term and the portfolio will be completed throughout the year.

Our National Award for SEN Coordination has achieved the NASENCo Quality Standard. York St John University are recognised as a part of the Provider Partnership and are on the approved LLSENDCiC Register of Quality Providers.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

UK and EU fees for 2021 - 2022

For UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students studying part time, the tuition fee for 2021 entry to this postgraduate course is £2,167 per year.

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities.

International (non-EU) fees for 2021 - 2022

The tuition fee for 2021 entry to this postgraduate course is £4,250 for international students.

Due to immigration laws, international students on a Student Visa must be studying full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

More information about funding your studies is available on our International Fees and Funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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