University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Special Educational Needs Coordination

The course aims to enable SENCOs working in a range of settings to ensure that they are able to carry out their key responsibilities effectively in relation to the following key tasks: (a) in relation to each of the registered pupils whom the SENCO considers may have special educational needs, to inform a parent of the pupil that this may be the case as soon as is reasonably practicable; (b) in relation to each of the registered pupils who have special educational needs; (c) selecting, supervising and training learning support assistants who work with pupils who have special educational needs; (d) advising teachers at the school about differentiated teaching methods appropriate for individual pupils with special educational needs; (e) contributing to in-service training for teachers at the school to assist them to carry out the tasks referred to in paragraph (b); (f) preparing and reviewing the information required to be published by the governing body (e.g. the school's SEND policy).

Entry requirements

Good Honours degree in a relevant subject.

Course modules

Course content covers: the role of the SENCO and the statutory framework for SEND (including relevant policy requirements); effective approaches to identification, assessment and intervention (principles and practice; differentiation - quality first teaching, waves of intervention, individualised education planning); responding to diversity (areas of need) - cognition and learning; communication and interaction; behaviour, emotional and social difficulties; physical and sensory impairment; pupil participation, parent partnership and inter-service collaboration; inclusive provision management (effective use of human resources and interventions, and evidence based practice); developing and sustaining effective SEND leadership (preparation for inspection; whole-school initiatives such as Achievement for All); professional development to improve practice.

Assessment methods

Course participants all need to complete 3 4000 word written assignments at Master's level.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,190 per Whole course (EU) 1 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,190 per Whole course (England) 1 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,190 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,190 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,190 per Whole course (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

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