The Post Graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs Co-ordination is designed to critically engage with current thinking and ideas about inclusive and specialist education, with a focus on learning outcomes required for qualification as a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo). The programme covers inclusion and leadership within Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The programme draws upon current legislation and national/international research evidence to inform practice. The programme is relevant to both mainstream and specialist settings.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs Co-ordination will provide participants with the capacity to meet legislative requirements for pupils with SEND and to meet specific and general needs of learners. The programme supports the development of the SENCo. Students wishing to complete the National SENCo Award will also need to fulfil the learning outcomes covered by the Work-Based Practice Portfolio, which covers all learning outcomes required by the DfE for SENCo qualification (NCTL, 2014).
Applicants must have an undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent), minimum 2:2 classification or equivalent. Applicants need to have QTS, and need to be a SENCos or an aspiring SENCo. Applicants need to evidence that they have access to a context that allows them to be able to complete the practical aspects required for completion of the National SENCo Award (for example, a reference/letter from a headteacher). In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.