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National Award for SEN Coordination

University of Cumbria

18 months
13250 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This masters-level National Award for SEN Coordination programme at University of Cumbria enables new and experienced SENCOs to enhance provision and outcomes for all children, especially those with special educational needs and/or disability, and develop themselves as a leader of change within their setting. 

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SENCOs become increasingly knowledgeable, confident leaders of change, make strong contributions to the leadership within their settings and are able to lead, devise, implement and evaluate provision to enhance the outcomes for the children in their care.

Assessment and teaching are highly relevant, innovative and combine face-to-face and online activity. The knowledgeable tutors leading and managing the programme bring experience as former SENCOs themselves, and we have been teaching and supporting participants since the inception of the National Award in 2009. 

Course participants comment upon the extremely supportive nature of the teaching staff and the great value of working collaboratively with colleagues on the course.

Graduate destinations

Completing the National Award for SEN Coordination  programme at University of Cumbria will qualify you as a SENCo, conferring the National Award for SEN Co-ordination and is a requirement for the role of SENCo. It is a Postgraduate Certificate course, equivalent to a third of a masters degree. Credits from this award can be put towards an MA in Education Professional Practice, contributing to the named Inclusionary Practice pathway.

Programme Structure

Compulsory Modules

  • The SENCo - The Child and the Family
  • The SENCo - Leader of Change
  • The SENCo - Innovating and Evaluating Practice
  • Reflective, Personal and Professional Development Portfolio

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

An honours degree or equivalent from a recognised institution if you are a UK resident. EU and overseas applicants appropriate equivalence will apply. Applicants without standard qualifications must demonstrate:

  • the capacity for theoretical debate
  • a high level of motivation
  • the capacity for independent study
  • the ability to achieve the proposed programme of work

Students for whom English is not their first language must have achieved IELTS level 6 English language qualification.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13250 GBP per year during 18 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 18 months.

Living costs for Lancaster

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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