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Edge Hill University

Postgraduate study at Edge Hill University

Special Educational Needs Coordination

  • Join one of the leading providers of postgraduate professional development for Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCos) and reach the highest standard of professional practice and scholarship;
  • Benefit from a flexible delivery of online and face-to-face sessions facilitated nationwide at central locations;
  • Enhance your practice, knowledge and understanding of the range of specific issues related to Special Educational Needs and inclusion, enabling you to better support pupils/learners with SEN(D);
  • Engage with a broad conceptual base of current SENCo practice, consider the use of relevant research and its associated ethical issues and examine the nature and place of experiential learning in the role of the SENCo.

As a serving SENCo, this National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination has been developed to provide you with a rich, critical and broad-based understanding of the theories and concepts surrounding inter-professional working with children and young people experiencing barriers to learning. It will help you further develop your practice as a committed, responsible and creative professional, capable of critical thinking and practical action and support you in enhancing whole-school provision for pupils who have Special Educational Needs or disabilities. Over 2,000 SENCOs nationally have benefited from the expertise of the Edge Hill SEN team.

Entry requirements

To join this programme, you must have an undergraduate degree or equivalent in any subject, hold Qualified Teacher Status, and be employed in the post of Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) within a school or setting. Eligible schools and settings include maintained schools (including special schools), non-maintained special schools, city technology colleges, academies, free schools and pupil referral units.

If you wish to study on modules where distance learning is required, you must have access to a PC with a suitable broadband connection which provides good internet access; you must also have a secure postal address. All participants joining the programme will be required to meet the Disclosure and Barring Service’s (DBS) mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Course modules

PBM4015 Excellent Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Learning Environments (30 credits)

Excellent Teaching and Learning in Inclusive Learning Environments provides knowledge and understanding of the range of specific issues related to Special Educational Needs and Inclusion and will provide a broad conceptual base from which to develop outstanding practice as a SENCo. You will investigate, evaluate and reflect upon current educational attitudes and policies that will support efforts to develop highly effective practice in inclusive education.

PBM4016 Developing Excellent Consultative and Collaborative Working Practices (30 credits)

Developing Excellent Consultative and Collaborative Working Practices emphasises the centrality of human relationships to developing highly effective professional interaction. The module encourages you to take responsibility for your own learning and follow a systematic and supported route of inquiry and further independent study that will help you to develop your own professional practice. The module enables you to analyse collaborative processes and examines how to develop these to foster effective inclusive practices.

60 credits are required to complete the programme.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Assessment methods

The programme will be assessed via two reflective portfolios (one in each module). These will include practice-based assessment tasks and a critical reflection of 2,500 words. You will also be required to collate a portfolio of evidence in relation to the 49 SENCo Standards.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Professional Award Online study £ 32 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years

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