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National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCo)

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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year (PT)

  • Course Type

    PgCert

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    06 September 2018

Course content

Taught at our Riverside Campus in Chester, this course fulfills 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 that they do.

Why Study NASENCo with us?

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

It 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.

What will I learn?

Learning alongside experts from the field, you will enjoy lively debate and discussions around policy and practice.

The modules of this course cover the impact of statutory regulatory contexts for SEND in relation to the candidates work setting; leadership and management and personal and professional qualities, learner voice and statutory arrangements including advocacy/dispute resolution. These are then evidenced in a portfolio.

How will I be taught?

Teaching approaches are designed to engage you as a self-directed learner, and include lectures, group work, discussion, independent research, personal contextualised reflection, tutorials, and use of the University’s Moodle virtual learning environment.

You will attend two weekends per module on a Friday evening and Saturday. Contact hours are 5-7pm on Fridays and 9.30am-4.30pm on Saturdays. You will also be expected to undertake 184 hours’ non-contact-guided study per module.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment tasks include essays, small-scale practitioner enquiry, analytical case study and a professional portfolio with a critical commentary.

Course Fees

For our latest fees please visit our website.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this course we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please visit our website

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Visit the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCo) page on the University of Chester website for more details!

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