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National Award for SEN Coordination PgC

Course Description

NASC is now a requirement for working as a SENCO, so make sure you have the right qualifications for your career. We enable new and experienced SENCOs to enhance provisions and outcomes for all children, focusing on those with special educational needs or disabilities. SENCOs become knowledgeable, confident leaders of change within their settings who have developed and practised skills, challenged their own thinking and practices, formed strong professional networks of support within the course and are able to devise, implement and evaluate provision to enhance the outcomes for the children in their care.

Our courses take into account the Children and Families Act (2014) and SEND Code of Practice. With well over 500 SENCOs successfully completing the course, you can trust that our expert teaching team and innovative online activities are of the highest calibre. Our staff are former SENCOs themselves and are passionate about the value of what they do, bringing a wide range of experience to help enhance your studies further. You'll form strong professional networks of support that will help you forge a successful career as a fully qualified SENCO.

Course outline

Our programme aims to provide a structured opportunity to widen knowledge and understanding of key issues, to develop and practise skills, and to reflect on the values and attitudes which will support SENCOs in their work. This will be supplemented firstly by the identification of a group of course participants who work collaboratively and supportively, and who facilitate hosting of visits to one another's settings, and beyond, to work together and to access opportunities which complement the previous experience of the participant. Secondly, through support offered by a suitable identified mentor within the school or setting of the course member, we will facilitate opportunities relevant to the academic and professional portfolio of the participant, and support on matters of leadership and strategic development.

Schools and settings supporting their SENCos in the professional development associated with this course will need to be aware that they will need to be released from their setting-based responsibilities in order to attend the induction (half a day), 6 face-to-face days and a number of group meetings/visits, in addition to some individual study time. They will need to support introduction of a SENCo-led change project and subsequent research, and to provide opportunities for leading staff meetings, interacting with the governing body and the senior leadership team.

Graduate destinations

Completing the course will earn you a Postgraduate Certificate, equivalent to a third of a masters. Credits from this award can be put towards an MA in Education Professional Practice, contributing to the named Inclusionary Practice pathway.

Other admission requirements

An honours degree or equivalent from a recognised institution if you are a UK resident. EU and overseas applicants appropriate equivalence will apply. Applicants without standard qualifications must demonstrate:
-The capacity for theoretical debate.
-A high level of motivation.
-The capacity for independent study.
-The ability to achieve the proposed programme of work.

Students for whom English is not their first language must have achieved IELTS level 6 English language qualification.

All participants must be holders of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). They must also be holders of the post of SENCO; this can be either as a new SENCO, or as an experienced SENCO. Those preparing for the role, providing that they are able to exercise the role of SENCo, and experience the full range of responsibilities of SENCo may join the course as they are transitioning into the role.

Visit the National Award for SEN Coordination PgC page on the University of Cumbria website for more details!

Entry Requirements

1st or 2nd class honours degree. Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) procedures. See course description for further admission details.

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