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National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination

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.

Manchester Metropolitan University is a nasen approved provider of NASENCO.

Our 60-credit, Postgraduate Certificate programme builds upon six years of development and successful delivery. 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.

We offer a choice of delivery models, both daytime and evening, on campus and in local authorities, subject to group viability and an existing Collaborative Partnership arrangement being in place.

Winner of the Faculty of Education 'Outstanding KE Project 2015' and overall Manchester Met ?Outstanding KE Project Award 2015? at the Knowledge Exchange Awards 2015.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: 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. If you are in Further Education and have Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) or you are in Early Years and hold Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) you are also eligible to 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.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: Either a good Honours degree (minimum 2nd class or equivalent) in teaching, or other equivalent professional qualification and relevant experience; with evidence of the ability to study successfully at Master's level.

Course modules

PgCert modules: Behavioural, emotional and social difficulties: developing inclusive practice; introduction to the autism spectrum; specific learning difficulties (dyslexia): developing inclusive practice, understanding inclusive education. PgDip modules: Research for inclusive education. MA modules: Research project; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Each unit is assessed through a written assignment equivalent to 5,000 words and this may include alternative formats, such as a presentation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2018 1 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2019 1 Years

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