- National Award for SENCO and PGCert Vulnerable Learners and Inclusion
- School of Education
- Campus or location
- Newton Park and Corsham Court (Newton Park only from 2023)
- Course length
- 12-16 months, part time.
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.
Please contact our admissions team for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extend your knowledge of and skills in Special Educational Needs Coordination in our SENCo training course.
- 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. New SENCos must gain the National Award within three years of appointment. 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
The National Award for SENCo is a mandatory award for all SENCOs new to post, and must be achieved within three years of taking up the post. 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 that 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.
This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document for more information on which modules are core, required or optional.
- The SENCo as a leader: policy to practice
- The role of the SENCo - provision for SEN
How will I be assessed?
The two modules are assessed through written assignments, which lead to a Postgraduate Certificate in Special Education Needs Coordination.
In addition to completing the two modules, you're required to complete a professional portfolio to achieve the National Award for SENCo.
How will I be taught?
Sessions are face-to-face and online, 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
- One-on-one 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 also have access to our Virtual Learning Environment and the online library.
The National Award for SENCo is ideal for current teachers who are interested in working in the area of SEN. New SENCOs must achieve the National Award for SENCO within three years of appointment. Those who complete the National Award for SENCo can accredit their prior learning towards the Master’s in Inclusive Education.
Course delivery in 2022/23
Our focus is on providing the best possible in-person experience for you and your peers whilst maintaining the most successful aspects of online delivery that we know will benefit your learning. Learn more by reading our programme delivery statement.
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.
UK students part time
Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.
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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 or QTLS. School staff in the role of SENCO will have completed an induction period (SEND Regs 2014, paragraph 49).
How do I apply?
Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.
Please include with your application your QTS number, scan of your highest qualification, a reference from your head teacher and your location preference (Newton Park or Corsham Court). A portfolio is not required.
Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.
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.
Want to apply for this year?
Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.
Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.
Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.