Special Education Needs Inclusion Studies

Postgraduate Certificate National Award for SEN Co-ordination

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Canterbury Christ Church University is one of the UK’s largest and most prestigious teacher training institutions and is an established, NASEN approved training provider for the National Award for SEN Co-ordination.

This course is taught in Canterbury, Medway, Croydon and Bromley.

It is now statutory that all new SENCOs to post, working in maintained schools must attend and complete the National Award for SEN Co-ordination.

The National Award for SEN Coordination is a one year, part time postgraduate certificate course, which, on successful completion of the assessed work will give SENCOs 60 Masters level credits (the equivalent to a third of a full Masters).

Please note: If you are not the named SENCO at the school, then we are unable to award you the full National Award for SEN Coordination.  You will, however, still be able to attend all sessions and on successful completion of the 3x20 credit modules, will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs. If you later become the SENCO (within 3 years of enrolment) it is possible to submit a Portfolio of Learning Outcomes specific to the SENCO role.  When this Portfolio is combined with the 3x20 credit modules, you will then be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs and the National Award for SEN Coordination.

The Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University is one of the University’s leading edge academic units and is recognised nationally as a centre of excellence for teacher education and whole school development.

What are the potential benefits?

Having now worked with over 1100 SENCOs from maintained, specialist and independent sector settings, we have clear evidence of the impact that this training programme has had upon not only the SENCO, in terms of developing confidence and understanding of current legislation and the impacts that this has for practice; but also upon the school itself: as capacity and strategic leadership is developed within the school.

All schools are noticing an increase in the number of complex educational needs that staff are needing to understand and manage, and this course therefore provides SENCOs with up to date information about a range of best practices, in terms of the understanding and identification of need, as well as effective processes and practices to support a strategic rather reactive approach to meeting needs.

SENCOs also have the benefit of studying within localised cohorts of around 20: this provides a supportive network, and enables the SENCO to gain first hand understanding of the wider context of SEN, and alternative ways to approach the meeting of needs.

The course is built around the 49 professional learning outcomes that have been developed by the NCTL (National College for Teaching and Leadership), and covers the following key areas:

  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities of the SENCO
  • Understanding SEN, disability and underachievement
  • Introducing evidence based practice and Action Research to inform and improve practice within the school
  • Whole school systems: co-ordinating provision effectively
  • Understanding funding systems and implications for strategic resource planning
  • Working collaboratively and strategically with others: introducing the key skills of leadership, enabling and delegation
  • Working in partnership – with other professionals, agencies and services
  • Working in partnership – with pupils, parents and carers


The 2016/17 tuition fees for this course are:



Further information

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available. See further information about funding and scholarships or contact the International Office.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The National Award for SEN Co-ordination comprises 9 full days taught input and 2 half day sessions.

You'll be fully supported through expert teaching, practical discussions with other participants and direct email tutorial support.

Cohorts are run throughout the academic year, to respond to interest and demand, and can be set up in different teaching venues to make it more accessible for a group of SENCOs.

A range of written assignments.

To apply please complete and return the application form.

For all queries about the course, please email: cpd@canterbury.ac.uk

NASEN approved training provider for this course


Fact file


  • 1 year part-time

Entry requirements

  • You should be employed as a SENCO in a school.



  • Not applicable

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