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Special Education Needs Coordinator (Senco) (PGCert)

Course Description

The PGCert SENCo is required for all new SENCos and will help to deepen their understanding of teaching and learning for all pupils.

You will reflect on and examine individual differences and explore ways to meet those differences through appropriate educational provision.

The course involves three 20-credit modules which provide a combination of theoretical and practical information about meeting the needs of all students. The course is run in conjunction with Berkshire and Surrey local authorities and teaching is done by expert practitioners and academics. Assignments take a practical school-based focus.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/education-pg/pgcert-special-education-needs-coordinator-senco.aspx

Modules include:

- Policies and Practice: this provides a historical context and also covers current legislative frameworks

- Overcoming Barriers to Learning: this module focuses on common barriers to learning that schools face and explores ways to address these

- Learners with Difficulties and Disabilities: this focuses on common types of disabilities and the module is supported by national experts.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

What career can you have?

In addition to the many masters' and PhD graduates, each year we have over 500 students become newly qualified teachers (NQTs). Our excellent links with local schools ensure that our employment rates are consistently high, with well over 90 per cent of our NQTs finding a teaching job last year.

With pay scales to match other industries, job security, an excellent pension and better work-life balance, teaching is becoming one of the most sought-after professions of today. Our masters' and professional courses have allowed many teachers to gain promotion within their institutions. A number of students also continue their studies onto EdD/PhD courses to develop a career in educational research.


We are one of the leading providers of teacher training in the UK.

Our Institute of Education is committed to providing quality postgraduate courses for teachers to enable them to meet their personal career aspirations and to have a direct positive impact on the lives of the children and young people in their care.

We have a flexible range of courses to suit your interests. As well as our teacher training courses, you can also study for a Master’s in Education or choose one of our pathways, which will give you a more specialised qualification.

We also have excellent partnership arrangements with over 300 local schools. These partnerships ensure that we can offer first-rate placement opportunities to our students, many of which lead to roles once they graduate.

Our work extends around the globe with consultancy work and other projects taking us to countries as varied as China, Jamaica, USA and Singapore to name but a few. We also have a wonderfully varied community of international students from over 100 countries, taking short courses, master’s degrees and PhDs with us.

Visit the Special Education Needs Coordinator (Senco) (PGCert) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply. Apart from the standard University entry requirements, students need to be qualified teachers with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and be currently working in a school.

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