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National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCo) PGCert

National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCo) PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Special Education (General)

Course type


Course Summary

This course fulfills the training requirements of The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2015) which envisages that a SENCO will provide leadership and professional guidance to colleagues and will work closely with staff, parents and careers, etc. It challenges SENCOs to promote person-centred, inclusive, practice in which the interests and needs of pupils with SEN and/or disabilities are at the heart of everything that they do. It takes as its ideology the notion that person-centred, inclusive thinking that foregrounds individual interests and needs of children, young people and adults with SEN and/or disabilities is at the heart of all practice. It is based on the premise that parents and careers are equal partners in securing achievement, progress and well-being, and that value-free understanding of social and familial contexts is crucial in responding to a child, young person or vulnerable adult with SEN. Assessment tasks include essays, small-scale practitioner enquiry, analytical case study and a professional portfolio with a critical commentary. Individuals on this course will already be working as SENCos or ALNCos in schools, colleges or Early Years settings. The University has an award winning Careers and Employability service which provides a variety of employability-enhancing experiences; through the curriculum; through employer contact and through tailored group sessions and individual information, advice and guidance.

Different course options

Part time | Riverside Campus | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date



This module includes the following: The sociocultural perspective of disability; The national, statutory and local regulatory context for SEN and disability and the implications for practice; The policy and legislative context for health and social care including safeguarding; The breadth and complexity of the causes of underachievement; How children?s development is affected by SEN and/or disability including mental health needs; Theories of learning as the basis upon which to design effective interventions and The potential of new technologies to support communication, teaching and learning.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants must be qualified teachers (QTS, QLTS or EYTS) and will normally be working in the area of SEN, or aspiring to acquire specialist SEN knowledge and skills and/or the National SENCO Award. Applicants will need to show evidence of Qualified Teacher Status and will normally have a minimum of 2:2 honours.

University information

From a teaching college, to becoming the University of Chester, over 180 years of academic growth has allowed the University to offer an extensive selection of postgraduate courses and research options across a number of specialist sites. This includes five sites in and around Chester, a campus in Warrington, a University Centre in Shrewsbury, and a new health and nursing education facility, Marriss House, in Birkenhead. Through the work of...more