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Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs (SEN) and the NASENCO

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This course incorporates the NASENCO Award and Level 7 PGCert Special Educational Needs, awarded through The University of Hull.

The aim of the programme is to enable SENCOs who are new in post or aspiring SENCOs to gain the National Award for SEN Coordination. This programme intends to support new or aspiring SENCOs to meet the mandatory requirement of achieving the award within 3 years of appointment to the role.

The NASENCO – Post Graduate Certificate Special Educational Needs – National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCO) course has been designed to support students to achieve a level 7 validated programme award, alongside producing a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the professional learning outcomes of the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination award (NASENCO). Students will consolidate their existing SEN knowledge and understanding through reflection, research and analysis of personal practice.

There will be opportunities to critically debate, evaluate and analyse as practitioners engage with different materials.

The course is designed to be flexible to fit around full-time work commitments. Weekly recordings allow students to access content around the clock and regular ‘live online’ evening sessions allow opportunities for discussion, questioning, networking and the sharing of good practice.

  • Course Level

    Level 7

Over the duration of the course a portfolio evidencing professional practice and 3 modules are to be completed.

• Developing SEN Coordination – Enhancing leadership and managing change
• Evidence Based Inclusive Practice
• Intervention Programmes

You will be assessed throughout the course, engaging in a variety of assessment methods including, essay, report writing, presentation and ePortfolio.

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time

You will be assessed throughout the course, engaging in a variety of assessment methods including, essay, report writing, presentation and ePortfolio.

Students must hold QTS or QTLS or EYTS and have the written support of the head teacher/line manager. QTS/QTLS status is required for the NASENCO Award.

Additional Requirements
A suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate is required
There is a minimum requirement that practitioners are either in paid employment or undertaking voluntary placement for a minimum of 2 days per week. It will underpin practitioners’ experiences in the workplace through studying a suite of modules that will enhance and support career progression.

GCSE Requirements
Grade 4/C grade in GCSE English and mathematics is desirable but not essential. If you do not have these qualifications, you will still be accepted onto the programme but will need to realise that future employment might require this.

You can choose to continue your study to master’s level by joining the MA SEND programme. Completion of this course will allow you to accredit this prior learning and complete the MA over 2 years.

The programme assessment methods will develop practitioners’ higher-level skills at master’s level and support career progression into senior leadership roles.


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All applications for this programme should be made directly to University Centre Doncaster, using a Higher Education Application form. This is available by emailing HEAdministration@don.ac.uk.

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Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 74 74

Course Fees

Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition and assessment.)

There may be some extra costs that you might need to make or choose to pay for example:

- Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies
- Printing and photocopying)
- Trips and enhancement opportunities

If your programme includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Information for EU Students

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