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National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination

National Award for SENCO and PGCert

Postgraduate degree

    Key facts

    Award
    National Award for SENCO and PGCert Vulnerable Learners and Inclusion.
    School
    Institute for Education
    Campus or location
    Course length
    The course runs for one academic year, September start. You'll study 4 trimesters to complete the award.

    Campus

    The award is taught at both our Newton Park and Corsham Court campuses.

    Entry requirements

    You’ll be either a new or aspiring SENCO. You must be working in a school and have the support of your headteacher or Senior Leadership team to undertake the award. You must hold QTS.

    Postgraduate training in special educational needs coordination (SENCO).

    • High quality, interactive programme delivered by specialists in the field.
    • Access additional mentor support from an experienced SENCO.
    • Integration of theory and practice to support role development.

    The National Award for SENCO is a mandatory award for all SENCOs new to post. We work in partnership with Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Local Authorities, with students joining us from across the South West.

    Through our exciting and interactive award, you’ll extend your knowledge and skills in relation to the role of the SENCO. As a Nasen approved provider, we provide the most up-to-date information regarding policy, theory and practice. A unique feature of our course is that you’ll be mentored by an experienced SENCO in your area.

    “I would recommend the course to any aspiring or new SENCOs. It has given me confidence and a deeper understanding into Special Educational Needs (SEN). I now enjoy my role so much more.”

    National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination graduate

    What you'll learn

    Overview

    The National Award for SENCO explores the key aspects of the role of the SENCO, as specified in the Learning outcomes for National Award for Special Educational (NCTL, 2014). Current legislation and national perspectives are explored in relation to the role of the SENCO.

    You’ll critically explore areas such as pupil voice and parent engagement. Alongside this, you’ll investigate the key areas relating to the strategic and leadership aspect of the role, for example finance, data, management and the role of OFSTED.

    You’ll develop skills which can immediately be put into place in your setting. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the SENCO role and effective practice. Throughout the award there is ample opportunity to link theory and practice through collectively exploring practical solutions to identified issues.

    How will I be assessed?

    You must demonstrate that you have met all the Learning Outcomes for the Award. This is achieved through the submission of 2 written assignments (7000 – 10000 words per assignment) and the completion of a Professional Development Portfolio. You’re supported through writing workshops, tutorials and your SENCO mentor group meetings.

    How will I be taught?

    Sessions are face to face, with input from experts in the field of SEN. In addition to this you’ll be supported with:

    • School based mentor support throughout the year in small groups;
    • Writing workshops to support writing at Master’s level;
    • 1:1 or small group tutorials.

    You'll meet with an experienced SENCO mentor four times throughout the year. The SENCO mentor will support you with the completion of the Professional Development Portfolio. You'll have access to our Virtual Learning Environment and the online library.

    Opportunities

    Careers

    Most of our students are employed adult learners from the teaching, training and health professions. Consequently, most students enrolling on the National Award for SENCO already have employment, but are generally seeking career enhancement through gaining the award.

    Facilities and resources

    Where the subject is taught

    The award is taught at both our Newton Park and Corsham Court Campuses. We’ll ask you to specify your preferred location when you apply.

    Resources

    You'll have access to Bath Spa University's:

    Fees

    UK and EU students full time

    Course fees
    2017/18 entry
    2018/19 entry
    2019/20 entry

    International students full time

    Course fees
    2017/18 entry
    2018/19 entry
    2019/20 entry

    Interested in applying?

    What we look for in potential students

    You’ll be either a new or aspiring SENCO. You must be working in a school and have the support of your headteacher or Senior Leadership team to undertake the award. You must hold QTS.

    How do I apply?

    Please contact SENCO administrator cpdsenco@bathspa.ac.uk for further information and an application form.

    Get ahead

    An ideal way to get ahead is to begin to keep a record of your SENCO activities. Pre-course reading lists are available from Helen Curran. Keep up-to-date with SENCO information and policy through following @bathspasenco.

    Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
    Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
    Course leader: h.curran@bathspa.ac.uk

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