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Special Educational Needs: Leading Effective and Inclusive Practice (National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination), PGCert

This award develops your knowledge and critical understanding of key concepts and contemporary debates, enabling you to lead and co-ordinate SENCo provision effectively in educational settings.

The PGCert in Special Educational Needs: Leading Effective and Inclusive Practice (National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination) is usually studied on a part-time basis and completed within one academic year. It will enable existing and aspiring SENCos (who have completed an induction period) to develop the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to meet National College for Teaching and Leadership's (NCTL) learning outcomes for the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination.

This award is recognised in England as a professional qualification of high standing which must be held by school-based SENCos within three years of their appointment. Participants with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS, EYTS or QTLS) will achieve a PGCert Special Educational Needs: Leading Effective and Inclusive Practice (National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination). Participants who do not have Qualified Teacher Status will gain PGCert Special Educational Needs: Leading Effective and Inclusive Practice, though not the National Award.


School of Education


Avery Hill


1-2 years part-time

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What you should know about this course

  • Our “blended learning” model combines elements of face-to-face and remote learning. This means we will endeavour to meet the diverse needs of all our learners.
  • To achieve PGCert Special Educational Needs: Leading Effective and Inclusive Practice (NASENCo) you need to have QTS, QTLS or EYTS, and complete a work-based practice portfolio.
  • If you do not have QTS, QTLS or EYTS, you can achieve a PGCert Special Educational Needs: Leading Effective and Inclusive Practice (without the National Award).
  • You may return (if you gain QTS, QTLS or EYTS) to complete the portfolio and achieve the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination.
  • Participants who wish to continue and complete a full Master’s degree are able to accredit their prior learning achieved through the PGCert towards the MA Education award.

NASENCO Provider Partnership

We have Provider Partnership status for the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCO). Benefit from connections and networks with fellow students that extend beyond your course.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact for more information.

About the course team

Students will have access to the module leader/tutors via email and/or in face-to-face/online tutorials. The module leader/tutors have all worked professionally to a high level in the field of SEND and have experience in supporting students from a wide range of professional contexts and backgrounds.

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Entry requirements

PGCert Special Educational Needs: Leading Effective and Inclusive Practice (National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination)

  • You must be a qualified teacher holding either QTS, QTLS or EYTS. On application, you must provide a DfE number as evidence of this qualification. If you hold the EYTS qualification, then the National Award entitles you only to take on the post of SENCO in an early years setting (0-5 years).
  • If you hold QTS you cannot take the National Award in your NQT year. If you achieved EYTS or QTLS within the last year it is recommended you speak with the programme leader about your professional experience prior to applying for the course.
  • You must have access to an appropriate setting and experience, and this must be evidenced on application.
  • You must have the full support of the head teacher (or equivalent) and the governing body (or equivalent). This must be evidenced on application.
  • For SENCOs who are new to the role, it is mandatory to achieve the award within three years of appointment. On application, this condition must be confirmed by your head teacher (or equivalent).

PGCert Special Educational Needs: Leading Effective and Inclusive Practice

  • A Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

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Can I use prior learning?

  • PG Cert – National Award: Due to the professional nature of the programme, applicants are not able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
  • PG Cert: Mature students who can demonstrate enthusiasm for and commitment to study, and who can outline how they have pursued pertinent interests though relevant life/work experience, can apply. We will assess their suitability from the information provided in their application and supporting statement.

Enhanced disclosure

Applicants for this course are required to complete a suitability declaration, an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, and an occupational health check.

How you will learn

This section helps you understand more about how you'll learn based on standard delivery of teaching and learning on campus.

However, as a response to COVID-19 we are currently operating a 'blended model' of teaching and learning (except for distance-learning courses). This means a combination of face-to-face sessions on our campuses with online lectures. There is additional support for any students who are unable to attend campus because they are ill or shielding. We'll continue to offer blended learning to all our students, in line with government guidelines, for as long as we are advised to. If government or local authority rules require it, we may be limited to offering online-only learning but will return to blended learning as soon as we are safely able to do so.

You can find out more about how we are supporting our students.


Teaching and learning activities will take place over 10 days during Terms A and B (8 taught days and two additional days for tutorials, independent study and research). Students will learn through blended learning methods (e.g. lectures, face-to-face/online tutorials and by working in small discussion groups). During taught sessions, students will be encouraged to interact with their peers/fellow professionals, allowing time to explore theory and practice, and develop ideas through discussion with others.

Class sizes

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Overall workload

Five days attendance is required for each module (i.e., there are 10 taught days). Each module is supported by a Virtual Learning Environment, where participants can access key readings, resources and additional materials, and also participate in the online discussion forums.


The programme conforms to the University's Assessment and Feedback framework. In short, the learning outcomes, credits, subject content and level of the programme define its standing as a postgraduate, professional award. Regulations surrounding academic conduct (and misconduct), extenuating circumstances, deferrals, referrals, individual support planning, research ethics, legibility, marking criteria, late submission, feedback and moderation are applied to the programme according to the University's Assessment and Feedback policy.

The summative assessment methods are in three parts:

  • Assessment 1: A Case Study – Problem Analysis (PA) and Interactive Factors Framework (IFF) Poster Presentation (2500 words)
  • Assessment 2: A Report of a Reflective Practitioner Enquiry Project (6000 words)
  • Assessment 3: Work-based Practice Portfolio of Evidence (4000 words). Must be completed to achieve the National Award.

Feedback summary

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Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2021/2022 fees

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

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Other costs

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources: you may choose to purchase books for your studies. However, there are considerable resources freely available online. You may need to purchase earphones or a headset to participate in webinars.
  • Memberships: in addition to the course fee, there is a fee payable to the HEA for the award of Fellowship (FHEA). See details.
  • Field trips: you will need to fund your travel to on-campus study days. Refreshments will be provided. You will need to provide your own lunch.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

  • SENCo, teaching and senior leadership roles within schools in a variety of mainstream and specialist settings.
  • Professional training: Speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, social care, clinical and educational psychology, youth work and various other careers in children and young people's services.

Do you provide employability services?

During term time, the University of Greenwich provides weekly career clinics where participants can speak to an adviser on a 1-2-1 basis regarding any employability related issue.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre. Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Support from the department

Throughout your time with us, you will be supported by the programme team as well as your peers. You will have a personal tutor, and a mentor who is normally from your own department or institution. If you are based in the UK, you will have face-to-face teaching and observations. There will be video/Skype as well as face-to-face observations for our international students.

Our Award of Institutional Credit in Learning and Teaching in HE offers a potential two-year route through this programme and is suitable for those with limited HE teaching hours. Contact the programme leader for more information.

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