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National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination PgCert

Manchester Metropolitan University

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    Manchester Campus

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


The National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination is a mandatory qualification for all newly appointed Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCo) in mainstream schools within 3 years of appointment to the role.

We offer a choice of study options for you to obtain your qualification. An on-campus route, where you’ll attend a university-based group, and local area routes, where you’ll attend groups within your local authority/teaching school alliance/academy trust (subject to group viability and partnership provision arrangement being in place). We currently have 12 local area groups across the North West and Cheshire.

We aim to help SENCos across the region gain the confidence to successfully lead and strengthen SEND provision in their school. To this day, we’ve successfully engaged over 1,000 students with our training on this important course.

On our course, you’ll critically evaluate evidence on learning, teaching and assessing pupils with SEND. You’ll develop the skills to work strategically with senior colleagues and governors, to increase participation and improve the lives and outcomes for pupils experiencing barriers to their learning.


When you graduate, you could apply for new opportunities within special educational needs, as well as promotions to senior leadership roles in schools.

You’ll gain 60 credits when you complete the PgCert NASENCo and you can put these towards a postgraduate diploma (120 credits) or masters degree (180 credits), for example, going on to study specific learning difficulties (Dyslexia), autism, or inclusive education.

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Manchester Metropolitan University

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    Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Building, All Saints, Manchester, Manchester, M15 6BH, England

The university welcomes a diverse international student population of over 3,000 students from more than 130 countries around the world.
Each year a range of welcome events are organised to help new students settle into university, explore the city and prepare for academic studies.
English courses can help to build language confidence and knowledge of UK culture. Students can study at the university's British Council accredited centre.

Subject rankings

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    27th out of 81 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    130 65%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%



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