University of Cumbria

University of Cumbria

Special Educational Needs Coordination

This is a 1 year programme which enables new and experienced special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs) to enhance provision and outcomes for all children. Special education needs (SEN) tutor experience includes expertise at primary and secondary level in the role of SENCO, and in working with pupils experiencing barriers to learning in cognition, communication, physical and behavioural difficulties.

Entry requirements

An Honours degree or equivalent from a recognised institution if you are a UK resident. EU and overseas applicant�s 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 1st language must have achieved IELTS level 6 English language qualification. All participants must be holders of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). They must also be holders of the post of special education needs co-ordinator (SENCO); this can be either as a new SENCO, or as an experienced SENCO. The former is defined as �those who have taken up the lead SENCO responsibilities in their, or any other maintained school, within a total period of 12 months.� The latter status will be for all other SENCOs. There will be an equal number of places in each cohort for both new and experienced SENCOs.

Course modules

Modules include: The SENCO and the child; the SENCO and the school; the SENCO as a researcher; reflective portfolio.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: reflective and evidential portfolio; evaluation and critical reporting; presentations with accompanying critical commentary; independent study.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time £ 1,500 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PgCert Part-time £ 3,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

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