Taught course

Special Educational Needs Coordination: Leading Effective, Inclusive Practice in SEN

York St John University · School of Education

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Entry requirements

You may apply if you have an honours degree in an appropriate discipline. You will be accepted onto the programme following a satisfactory interview, references and evidence of qualifications.

If you don’t have these academic qualifications you may qualify for entry based on other equivalent relevant qualifications or experience.

If you have a PGCE which you gained within the last five years then we can recognise up to 60 relevant M level credits for this to provide exemption from two of the modules normally studied in the second year of part-time study. This means that you would complete and pass the first year modules and then proceed straight to your dissertation study.

Applicants must have QTS/QTLS and ideally be in a SENCO role or be an aspiring SENCO who is able to evidence engagement with role through the learning outcomes portfolio. You will need to have access to children/young people with SEN/D and be able to lead at least some aspects of SEN/D in a school, college or other educational setting. You also must have the support of the Principal. We will also ask that your Principle completes a memorandum or agreement which indicates the school or college's support.

Months of entry


Course content

This National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination Certificate (NASENCO) will enable you to enhance your theoretical understnading of SEN/D and it's educational coordination and leadership as well as critical evaluation of relevant policies, practices and resources. It has been designed to meef the Department For Education Learning Outcomes for SENCOs as well as the needs of schools and colleges in the local area and further afield. The programme focuses largely on work-based tasks which will enable you to develop the skills required for independent and self-critical learning, in order to affect positibe outcomes for children with SEN/D.

You will have opportunities to explore and probe assumptions underlying SEN/D policy and practice whilst studying alongside a range of fellow profesisonals. It is intended that through collaborative learning you will gain confidence in synergising, applying and evaluating theory and pratice in accordance with NASEN principles.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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