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National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (SENCO)

National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (SENCO)

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Special Education (General)

Course type


Course Summary


The National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination is a mandatory qualification for all Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCos).

With opportunities to develop the skills to become a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) in your school, this course gives you the knowledge to help students with SEND explore and develop their potential.

Why do this course?

Mandatory qualification that all newly qualified SENCos must achieve within three years of appointment.

Meets the requirements of the SEN Code of Practice (2015 Section 6.86).

Provides up-to-date knowledge support for experienced SENCos, showing a commitment to Continuing Professional Development.

The two modules that make up the award each carry 30 Masters-level credits, which can be used towards a Masters in Education.

Tailored for you

Unlike some SENCo awards, the course is structured around face-to-face teaching and delivered via twilight sessions, which provides a more personable style of teaching for those who work full-time.


After completing the course, you will be able to apply for roles as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo).

The 60 Masters-level credits can also be used towards a Masters in Education.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


12 months

Start date



This module focuses on how effective partnerships can be created to meet the needs of children and their families. Topics covered will help you identify and use the knowledge, skills and values required to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders. You will explore the use of data, systems and external sources of support and their impact on your professional practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

The fee for 60 Masters-level credits: £1,733. The fee for 30 Masters-level credits: £866.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a relevant discipline (applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent), but have appropriate professional experience may be considered). Open to both aspiring and experienced SENCos. Applicants must hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) status or be an Early Years Teacher Status SENCo responsible for ages 0-5 only, or equivalent. School staff in the role of SENCo will have completed their teaching induction period. All applicants need approval from their Head Teacher indicating their support.

University information

Liverpool Hope University is set across two green campuses: Hope Park, just four miles from Liverpool city centre, and the Creative Campus, close to the city centre. There is also a small residential campus at Aigburth Park. Over the last 10 years, there has been a significant investment in buildings and equipment of over £76 million. Each year over 1,000 postgraduate students choose to study a range of postgraduate taught, research and PGCE...more

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