Join us in January 2023

Apply now

Join us in January 2023

Apply now

Postgraduate prospectus

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 SEN provision effectively in educational settings.

The PGCert in Special Educational Needs: Leading Effective and Inclusive Practice (National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination) is delivered online 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 years part-time

Start month


Home fees

2022/23 fees

What you should know about this course

  • This course is delivered online with face-to-face tutorials. 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

The course is delivered by dedicated and enthusiastic lecturers, including experts in the fields of education, psychology and research methods. The staff team has extensive experience of the role of the SENCo and of leadership within education. There are also opportunities to visit schools to see inclusion in practice. The team will share their practical experiences and knowledge and provide a theoretical basis for the challenges and opportunities of promoting inclusion in children and young people's services.

Come and meet us

We are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

Next Open Days

Got a question?

To find out more about our Open Days and Campus Tours or if you need any assistance, please email

Entry requirements

Applicants for PGCert: National Award for SEN Co-ordination: Leading and Coordinating Inclusive Practice in SEN should have:

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS, EYTS or QTLS).
  • Applicants need to be a SENCo or an aspiring SENCo.
  • Applicants need to provide evidence that they have access to a context where they can complete the practical aspects required for completion of the National SENCo Award, and that they have the full support of the headteacher (or equivalent).

Applicants for PGCert: Leading Effective and Inclusive Practice in SEN should have:

  • 2:2 undergraduate degree.
  • Applicants should have access to an appropriate setting and experience.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

Available to overseas students?


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

Covid safe teaching and learning

We are looking forward to welcoming students to our campuses for 2022/23. In line with government guidance, we are committed to delivering as much of our teaching, learning and student activity as possible on campus for the 2022/23 academic year. Depending on the national situation, and government advice, the situation may change but we are confident we are ready to manage any changes quickly and safely. Find out more about how we are keeping our campuses safe.


The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Participants will examine theory and practice relevant to SEN leadership and coordination.

Class sizes

Lectures/seminars (with 15-20 students) are attended online, while, depending on your circumstances, tutorials can be face-to-face and/or online.

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.


All participants complete an action-research assignment for both modules. The focus is on supporting practitioner researchers to meet the learning needs of the students with whom they work, and to enhance participants' voices in decisions that impact their professional lives.

Participants working toward achieving the National SENCO Award will also have to complete a 'Reflective Practice Portfolio'. To help participants complete this portfolio, they will be given specific tasks between sessions. The portfolio will show evidence of how participants have met the learning outcomes, and how they fulfil the Department of Education requirements for the role of SENCo.

Feedback summary

Information coming soon.

Dates and timetables

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

* Calculated as an average of compulsory and optional modules (where applicable each year). You can find out more detail about how individual modules are taught within the 'What you will study' section.

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.

2022/23 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
View fees

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.

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.

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.

Accommodation information

Skip image gallery

Not quite what you were looking for?

We've got plenty of other courses for you to choose from. Browse our postgraduate taught prospectus or check our related courses below.

Education studies degrees at the University of Greenwich

Are you passionate about education? Whether you’re working in the field or looking to start your career, our award-winning lecturers will help you get the best from your studies.

Visit our education studies degrees subject page.

Spotlight on new SEND course

Programme Leader Emma Longley speaks about the new Masters course for SENCos to enable them to develop their skills, knowledge and understand

Mode of study

Select from the dropdown below.

Course level
UCAS code

Apply now

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK student or have settled/pre-settled status (EU) and you want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.

If you are from outside the UK, you can apply through our website, one of our agents, or the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). If you require a student visa, you cannot study part-time at undergraduate level.