National Award for SEN Co-ordination

Canterbury Christ Church University

Postgraduate Certificate
12 months
2600 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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National Award for SEN Co-ordination degree offered at Canterbury Christ Church University is for qualified teachers holding Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)/Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) who have recently been appointed to the role of Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), or who are aspiring SENCOs.


National Award for SEN Co-ordination degree offered at Canterbury Christ Church University is taught in Canterbury, Medway, Croydon and Bromley.

It is now statutory that all new SENCOs to post, working in maintained schools, academies (including free schools) must attend and complete the National Award for SEN Co-ordination within 3 years of taking up the post of SENCO.

The National Award for SEN Co-ordination is a one year, part time postgraduate certificate course, which, on successful completion of the assessed work will give SENCOs 60 Masters level credits (the equivalent to a third of a full Masters).

What can I do next?

On successful completion of the whole of this course (i.e. the Postgraduate Certificate in SEN Coordination and the National Award for SEN Coordination), you will be able to hold the post of SENCO.

You may continue your studies to gain the MA in SEN Leadership which will  require you to hold a PG Cert in SEN Co-ordination or a PG Cert in Specialist Assessment for Specific Learning Difficulties: Dyslexia, which must have been awarded by Canterbury Church Church University within the last five years. 

Programme Structure

Key areas of study:

  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities of the SENCO
  • Understanding SEN, disability and underachievement
  • Introducing evidence based practice and Action Research to inform and improve practice within the school
  • Whole school systems: co­ordinating provision effectively
  • Understanding funding systems and implications for strategic resource planning
  • Working collaboratively and strategically with others: introducing the key skills of leadership, enabling and delegation
  • Working in partnership – with other professionals, agencies and services
  • Working in partnership – with pupils, parents and carers.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • National Award for SEN Coordination: You must be employed as a SENCO and hold qualified teacher status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS).
  • PG Certificate for SEN Coordination: You need would need a first degree and have access to an educational setting.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA

    2600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.


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