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Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice: National Award for SENCO

University of Chichester

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    Bognor Regis Campus

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Innovative programme attracts teachers from West Sussex, East Sussex, Brighton & Hove, Hampshire, Portsmouth, Surrey and the Isle of Wight.

We have developed a strong collaboration with local authorities and partners to ensure that it supports both local and national requirements and we involve national and international experts to work with us in delivering a relevant and up-to-date programme.

The programme is strongly rooted in work-based practice, equipping SENCOs to evaluate and develop effective leadership and management of SEND provision.

The National Award is required to be at master’s level, and you will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice with 60 Masters level credits on completion of the programme.

Teaching and Assessment

The course is structured over one academic year and SENCOs come to the Bognor Regis Campus for one day each month. The interactive seminars include information on current legislation and policies, discussions on practical strategies for their implementation and opportunities for independent study.

You will be required to undertake assignments that are strongly rooted in evidence-based SEND practice in the workplace and support you in achieving the Learning Outcomes for SENCOs (NCTL, 2014).

Assignment 1: Commentary (1000 words) A critical understanding of your current role as SENCO.

Assignment 2: Essay (3000 words) Using critical incidents to evaluation your leadership and management role in developing SEND provision in your workplace.

Assignment 3: Presentation (10 minutes/2000-word equivalent) – outlining the small-scale research you will undertake in your workplace.

Assignment 4: Research Project (4000 words) on an aspect of SEND provision that promotes inclusive practice in the workplace.

Assignment 5: Portfolio (2000 words) At the end of the programme SENCOs prepare a portfolio of evidence to show how they have met the Learning Outcomes for SENCOs (NCTL, 2014). This will be a critical evaluation of your leadership and management development with supportive evidence from key stakeholders and the changes you have made to SEND provision and inclusive practice in the workplace.

Where this can take you

SENCOs who successfully complete the programme will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice (60 Masters level credits) and will have the opportunity to continue their study to a full MA qualification.

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University information

University of Chichester

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  • Campus address

    University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6PE, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    40th out of 81 18

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    124 62%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    84 84%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.30 86%



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