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Special Educational Needs (PG Cert) (Postgraduate Certificate)

University of Gloucestershire

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    Francis Close Hall Campus (Cheltenham)

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    8 months

Course summary

This course leads to the National Award for SEN Co-ordination (a statutory requirement for new SENCOs in post since 2009) for students with QTS/QLS (Qualified Teacher Status). Students will be supported by highly experienced and research-active teaching staff, who are attuned to the needs of part-time students.

The course content is designed to suit those who are currently working. Students come from a wide range of settings, from early years to higher education, and are encouraged to bring their own professional experiences into the learning environment. Current research underpins the teaching on this dynamic course, which combines theory with practical exercises. Students also benefit from guest speakers, both the university’s own alumni and professionals from different areas of education related to SEN.

There are two outcomes for this course: the Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs; and the National SENCO Award. Those students who are qualified teachers and gain the Postgraduate Certificate can convert their award to a National SENCO Award within five years on completion of their SENCO portfolio.

Topics

This programme comprises two 30-credit master’s-level modules. Topics include:

the changing contexts for SEN including recent legislative framework and the Code of Practice (2015)
SEN policy development and implementation
leadership for SENCOs
coordinating provision: developing and using monitoring systems, mapping provision and analysing data
a critical consideration of the causes of underachievement related to SEN/D
communicating and working with parents, LEA and support agencies, colleagues and the pupil voice
high-incidence SEN including dyslexia and autism

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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£ 4,900overall cost

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Gloucestershire

  • University League Table

    97th

  • Campus address

    University of Gloucestershire, The Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2RH, England

Diverse and inclusive community, welcoming students from over 60 countries worldwide.
Exceptional one-to-one support, with Helpzones on every campus.
Wide array of scholarships and awards for international students.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    48th out of 81 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    122 61%

    40th

    6
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    81 81%

    25th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.23 85%

    16th

    32

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