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National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCo) (Chester) PGCert

National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCo) (Chester) PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Special Education (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Are you working as a SENCo/ALNCo in a school, college or Early Years? Then this course is for you.

Course overview

This course fulfils 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 carers, 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 they do.

Why study this course with us?

At Chester, the NASENCo also forms part of the MA in Special Educational Needs and Disability.

Our course 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 carers 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.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date



1. Effective working partnerships with professionals in other services and agencies, including voluntary organisations, to support a coherent, coordinated and effective approach to supporting children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities. 2. Effective multi-agency working through, e.g. person-centred planning, ‘team around a child or family’, the Common Assessment Framework and the Education, Health and Care Plan. 3. Interpretation of specialist information from other professionals and agencies. 4. Support and progression at key transition points for children and young people and adults with SEN and/or disability. 5. Use of appropriate access arrangements.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

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

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 established in 1839, to becoming the University of Chester in 2005, 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...more