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The National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination - PGCert

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    Part time available

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  • Course Duration

    1 year part time

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  • Last Updated

    20 September 2018

Course content

This successful one year training programme is designed to support the professional development of special educational needs coordinators (SENCOS). Gain 60 credits at masters level and join the hundreds of SENCOs in the South West Consortium who have already gained the award. Discover how you can get involved and make a positive impact on practice, and the achievements of schools and their pupils.

Key features

  • Take the opportunity to undertake this Department for Education (DfE) approved post-graduate qualification which must be achieved by teachers new to the role of SENCO. If you are an experienced SENCO or working in a related professional role you can also apply. To achieve the National Award you must have QTS/QTLS, and if not it may be possible for you to achieve the PgCert Inclusive Education (60 masters level credits).
  • Benefit from an award offered through the South West Consortium consisting of Plymouth University and the University of Exeter, working in partnership with the local authorities of Bournemouth, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Plymouth, Poole and Somerset. 
  • Take part in a programme which runs in Bodmin, Plymouth, Exeter, Ilminster, and Dorchester. The local tutors are mainly Special Educational Needs (SEN) advisory teachers and experienced SENCOs, working in conjunction with university tutors.
  • Gain experience working with a tutor allocated to you, offering extensive expertise, knowledge and experience and high quality local personal tuition.
  • Draw on support from a professional learning community through face-to-face and virtual learning support and resources. Access valuable university facilities and online resources. 
  • Gain 60 masters level credits which can be used towards a masters degree (e.g. MA Education Special Educational Needs).

Course details

Programme overview

You'll complete two modules (each worth 30 masters level credits) which include a total of six days attendance at sessions in your local authority location. As well as four school focused/research days. Each module consists of three full days taught sessions and two recommended study days (four total) which you will individually agree with your own organisation. The modules are designed to explicitly relate to the DfE SENCO Learning Outcomes.

Optional modules

  • PGSEN703CW National Award for SEN Coordination Learning Outcomes
  • PGSEN703DV National Award for SEN Coordination Learning Outcomes
  • PGSEN703PL National Award for SEN Coordination Learning Outcomes
  • PGSEN703SS National Award for SEN Coordination Learning Outcomes
  • PGSEN704CW SEN: Organisational Contexts
  • PGSEN704DV SEN: Organisational Contexts
  • PGSEN704PL SEN: Organisational Contexts
  • PGSEN704SS SEN: Organisational Contexts
  • PGSEN705CW SEN: Leading on Teaching and Learning
  • PGSEN705DV SEN: Leading on Teaching and Learning
  • PGSEN705PL SEN: Leading on Teaching and Learning
  • PGSEN705SS SEN: Leading on Teaching and Learning

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

National Award for SEN Coordination Programme Specification 2017 18 4162

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Visit the The National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination - PGCert page on the University of Plymouth website for more details!




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