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Postgraduate Course

National Award for SEN Coordination: Leading Effective, Inclusive Practice in SEN PG Cert

Gain greater Special Educational Needs insight while improving your specialist skill set.

SENI award

In England, about 1.3 million children and young people are identified as having a SEN/D. Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) are vital in helping to provide teachers and advisory teachers with knowledge of issues relating to this group of young people. This National Certificate award aligns with this key strategic need in UK education.

York campus

  • Duration – 1 year part time
  • Start date – October 2023
  • School – School of Education, Language and Psychology

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 honours degree in a related subject

    QTS or QTLS status

Tuition Fees

    UK 2023-24 £2,333 part time

    International 2023-24 £4,333 part time

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Course overview

The National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination Certificate (NASENCO) will enhance your understanding of SEN/D and its coordination in Education. You will also study relevant policies, practices and resources.

The course has been designed to meet the SENCO learning outcomes required by the Department for Education and local schools and colleges. The role of SENCO requires you to complete this award within 3 years of your appointment. By focusing on work-based tasks you will develop the skills in independent and self-critical learning which will enable you to deliver positive outcomes for children with SEN/D.

You will explore assumptions underlying SEN/D policy and practice while studying alongside professionals from a range of backgrounds. Through collaborative learning you will gain confidence in applying and evaluating theory and practice. 

This course enables you to apply your experience and learning by selecting areas of focus that support your professional practice and academic interests.

Course structure

How you will study

You can only study this postgraduate course part time. This allows you to fit your studies around other commitments.

You will study:

  • 2 compulsory modules
  • A compulsory portfolio project throughout the whole year

You can find out which modules are available in each term in the Course Specifications.


Credits: 30

Compulsory module

Through this module you will develop your knowledge and understanding of SEN/D as a theoretical concept, and locate it within the wider statutory and regulatory frameworks. It will provide opportunities to critically appraise SEN/D policies at local and national levels and reflect on the complexity and range of debates.

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

This module will enhance your understanding of the pedagogical principles and practices of teaching inclusively in educational settings. You will focus specifically on teaching children and young people with SEN/D. You will be encouraged to critically reflect around how provision is led, supported and coordinated. You will develop confidence around effective partnerships with external agencies, families and young people.

Credits: 0

Compulsory module

The portfolio will enable you to provide evidence of the range of essential knowledge, skills and experience you have gained prior to and during the SENCO course. The portfolio will be organised in line with the SENCO Learning Outcomes:

  • Professional knowledge and understanding
  • Leading and coordinating provision
  • Personal and professional qualities

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

You will be taught through a range of methods, including:

  • Lectures
  • Masterclasses given by visiting professors and speakers
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Learning activities via our virtual learning environment (VLE)

There will be an emphasis on engagement in individual and group work so that you develop skills in critical questioning, creative thinking and problem solving.

All our taught sessions take place on Wednesday afternoons. Outside of taught sessions, we encourage you to undertake further study. This may include reading journal articles, engaging in online discussions and preparing for assessments.

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.


Our assessments have been externally commended for being innovative yet rigorous, and we’ve received very positive feedback from our students.

Entry requirements


Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:2 honours degree in a related subject

    QTS or QTLS status

It is preferable that you are already working as a SENCO.


International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and Funding

UK 2023 - 2024 entry

The tuition fee for 2023 entry to this postgraduate course is:

  • £2,333 for 1 year of part time study

These costs apply to all UK, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You will not be eligible for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance for this course. You can find out more about alternative ways to fund postgraduate studying here.

Funding opportunities

International 2023 - 2024 entry

The tuition fee for 2023 entry to this postgraduate course is:

  • £4,333 for 1 year of part time study

These costs apply to all students living outside the UK.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a student visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your postgraduate studies.

International Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

    UK 2023-24 £2,333 part time

    International 2023-24 £4,333 part time

Alumni Scholarships

If you are alumni of York St John University we have scholarships available to help you continue your studies.

Scholarships for alumni

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Career outcomes

Where could this National Award take you?

This course will help you progress towards a SENCO role. If you are already working as a SENCO, it will help you to improve your professional practice and advance your career prospects further.

Stand out from the crowd with postgraduate study.

Far fewer people have postgraduate degrees than undergraduate qualifications. This gives you something extra to set yourself apart in a competitive graduate job market. Those with a postgraduate qualification will earn an average of £7,000 a year more than those with only an undergraduate degree. (Department For Education Graduate Labour Market Report 2020)

Our careers service, LaunchPad, provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice

This support does not end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain the experience and confidence you need to succeed.

Apply for this course

For postgraduate degrees you must apply directly to York St John University using the links below. This will take you to the application form you need to fill out for this specific course.
To complete the online application form you will need to create login details.

Please contact 2 referees before submitting your application. An automated request for a reference will be emailed to them as soon as you submit. Your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

Apply now: Part time

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