• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
The National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) offered at London South Bank University addresses the specific development needs of staff who have recently been appointed to the role of SENCo (or who aspire to that role), usually experienced teachers. Participants come from a range of settings including primary, special and secondary schools.
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Top reasons to study SENCO here...

  • Professional links: Sessions on the module will be taken by teachers and senior leaders from outstanding-rated partnership SEND schools.
  • Grow personally and professionally: Develop and demonstrate the personal and professional qualities and leadership you need to shape an ethos and culture based upon person-centred and inclusive practice.
  • Work-based placements: You'll already be working in a school – and applying your course learning to your role.  However, there may be the possibility of additional visits to SEND schools to broaden your teaching experience.

This course covers...

The National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) course offered at London South Bank University enables you to demonstrate the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to meet National College for Teaching and Leadership's (NCTL) learning outcomes for the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination. The NCTL stipulate particular outcomes in terms of:

  • Professional skills, knowledge and understanding: including an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the legislative context for SEN and theoretical concepts that underpin effective leadership and practice. To be informed by current practice, scholarship and research, and a critical awareness of current issues and developments in the subject and the profession;
  • Professional development: including the expertise and capabilities that SENCOs need to lead and coordinate provision effectively.
  • Professional values: including the personal and professional qualities that SENCOs need to make a positive impact on the ethos and culture in schools and other settings.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Improving learning outcomes for children and young people with SEND
  • Leadership and management of provision for children and young people with SEND

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Minimum BA/BSc and Qualified Teaching Status.
  • All applicants must be serving teachers and have the support of their head teacher.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4593 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4593 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2625 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2625 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
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