Manchester Metropolitan University

Special Educational Needs Coordination (National Award)

This qualification is proving key to effective SEND provision development, career progression and a first step to completion of a Masters in Inclusive Education. The award is designed, delivered and assessed to provide evidence for National College for Teaching and Learning Outcomes standards. Engagement in the award impacts upon the provision in schools and on the progress of children with SEN. The National Award for SEN Coordination remains a mandatory requirement for newly appointed SENCos from 2008. Experienced SENCos and aspirant SENCos with appropriate experience and access to working with the SEND leadership at a strategic level are also welcome to apply.

Entry requirements

If you are an experienced SENCo or SENCo new to the role in a mainstream secondary or primary school, and hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), then you can apply. Aspirant SENCos may apply if they have appropriate experience and can confirm on application an agreement to work closely and collaboratively with their school's existing SEND team to meet all learning outcomes (5,000 words equivalent).

Course modules

Year 1: Award units: Unit 1 (30 cat) - 22/83 kv 0001, professional knowledge and understanding; unit 2 (30 cat) - 22/83 kv 0002, leading and coordinating provision; unit 3 - 22/83 kv 0003 (practice credit units).

Assessment methods

Assessment is focused upon meeting the professional needs of SENCos with respect to knowledge, skills, attributes and understanding for improving the provision and outcomes for children with SEN/Disability in your school.
The taught units will be assessed at Level 7 by two written assignments.


All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400


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PgCert Part-time £ 4,350 (Whole course) International 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time day/evening September 2018 1 1 Years

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