University of Sunderland

University of Sunderland

National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination

Since 2008, it is a legal requirement for new SENCOs within mainstream schools to gain a National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCO) within 3 years of taking up their post. Our course directly addresses the Learning Outcomes for NASENCO that have been specified by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). These Learning Outcomes include: The professional context of relevant frameworks and methodologies, and types of disabilities; the strategic development of SEN policy and procedures; how to co-ordinate provision leading, developing and supporting colleagues; working in partnership with pupils, families and other professionals.

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from people who already have a teaching qualification. Please apply if you are a Special Education Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) already or you have a career development plan to become a SENCO. Applicants must hold a teaching qualification. The NCTL�s expectation is that all participants on the course will be skilled teachers who have demonstrated the professional attributes, professional knowledge and understanding, and professional skills set out in the teaching qualification and the Core standards (which can be found on page 3 of NCTL�s Learning Outcomes document.

Assessment methods

There are a range of assessments including a small scale practitioner enquiry and a critical incident analysis.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time weekend £ 1,400 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
Professional Certificate Part-time £ 1,400 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Campus Sunderland SR1 3SD North East

Key information

Faculty of Education and Society Recruitment Team
Telephone number: 
0191 515 3845