University of Roehampton

Degree level: Postgraduate

National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators (Taught)

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Course summary

Why this course?

  • Silver in the 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for delivering the high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students
  • Students benefit by working and sharing experience with peers, and have the opportunity to use the credits gained on this course towards and MA
  • Top ten in the UK for postgraduate student satisfaction (PTES 2022, 2023)
  • The 2023 Complete University Guide ranks Roehampton 2nd in London for research quality in education
  • Jointly recognised as the best modern university in the country, and the best modern university in London for research excellence. (REF 2021). 77% of our research is ranked ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2021)
  • A university tutor and school-based mentor is assigned to each students, ensuring ongoing support during and after qualification
  • This course fulfils the statutory requirements of the 2014 Children and Families Act
  • Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) play a vital role in leading the coordination of provision for children and young people with SEN and/or disabilities in schools. In September 2009 it became law for every new SENCO in a mainstream school to gain the Masters-level National
  • Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination within 3 years of taking up the post.
About this course:
  • Roehampton is an accredited provider of this required, master’s level qualification for all teachers working as SENCOs in mainstream schools. Topics covered include:
  • Leadership and Management in Special and Inclusive Education
  • Opportunities for SENCOs to translate theory into effective practice and critically explore new understandings of barriers to learning
  • Becoming reflective practitioners with a view to exploring, reviewing, and evaluating their others’ practice
  • Learning the ability to plan, collaborate on and implement interventions engendering positive developments in a mainstream school
Skills: Our priority is ensuring that you graduate with a professional skillset. This incorporates;
  • Learning outcomes agreed nationally by the DFE and the SENCO Award providers' group for the NASENCO qualification
  • Learning content which is informed by current SEN and disability legislation and underpinned by current theory and research led practice pertaining to Special and Inclusive Education
  • Providing professional development for new to post SENCOs to enhance the quality of teaching for children and young people with SEN and/or a disability and to improve provision and outcomes for them
  • Roehampton is an accredited provider of this required, master's level qualification for all teachers working as SENCOs in mainstream schools
Career Opportunities: This PGCert, National Award for SEN Coordinators, fulfils the statutory requirements of the 2014 Children and Families Act that all new-to-post SECNOs should have a postgraduate qualification. The Award should enable SENCOs to develop and demonstrate the personal and professional qualities and leadership they need to shape an ethos and culture based upon person-centred, inclusive, practice in which the interests and needs of children and young people, pupils with SEN and/or disabilities are at the heart of all that takes place. Our experience is that many students undertaking this award progress quickly to further promotion, especially to school leadership teams.

Modules

Compulsory Module: Leadership and Management in Special and Inclusive Education Unit 1 provides opportunities for SENCOs to translate theory into effective practice and to critically explore new understandings of barriers to learning and the impact of disabilities and difficulties on pupils' learning in schools and classrooms. In Unit 2 participants will be enabled to become reflective practitioners with a view to exploring, reviewing and evaluating their and others' practice in order to increase participation and enhance provision for all pupils, including those with SEN/disabilities. In Unit 3 participants will complete their studies by demonstrating the ability to plan, collaborate on and implement interventions engendering positive developments in a mainstream school in or beyond their own.


Entry requirements

You should usually hold a second-class honours degree (certain programmes may require a 2:1) from a recognised British or overseas university. Advice on recognition can be obtained from the Admissions Office. All applicants are required to provide evidence of the following: Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), or Qualified Teacher Learning Status (QTLS), or Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS - appropriate for ages 0-5 only) Approval from their current Head Teacher or Head of Service that they are teaching in a UK setting. A DFE registered Teacher number


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £2730 Year 1
Northern Ireland £2730 Year 1
Scotland £2730 Year 1
Wales £2730 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees quoted are 2024
National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators at University of Roehampton - UCAS