PG Cert Education (National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination) Distance Learning

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    PGCert 1 year part-time

Course Description

This is an online version of the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination (NASENCO), a legally required qualification for all new Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) that must be completed within three years of appointment.

This course will support you to improve your knowledge of current legislation, theory and practice in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) provision in schools/colleges and your skills in meeting those needs.

This course will assist you to fulfil your leadership role as outlined in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice for 0 to 25 years (DfE, 2015):

  • Overseeing the operation of the institution’s SEN policy
  • Coordinating provision for SEND
  • Liaising with the relevant designated teacher where a looked after pupil has SEN
  • Advising on a graduated approach to providing SEN Support and effective deployment of the institution’s delegated budget and other resources
  • Liaising with families of children with SEN, other schools and relevant external professionals/ agencies
  • Liaising with potential next providers of education and consulting young people and families to ensure a smooth transition is planned
  • Working with the head teacher and school governors to ensure that the school conforms to the Equality Act (2010)
  • Ensuring that the institution keeps records of young people with SEN up to date.

You will be able to tailor the assignments to fit your, and your institution’s, needs.

All materials are available through the University of Bedfordshire’s website. Tutor support is through the website, email or telephone. There are also optional face to face sessions built in to the course,  one for each course unit.

Why choose this course?

  • Study on a course designed for to develop SENCOs’ professional attributes and knowledge, understanding and skills, to enable you to fulfil the leadership role set out in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice for 0 to 25 years (DfE, 2015).
  • Explore course content highly relevant to mainstream and special school practitioners alike, focusing on issues related to literacy difficulties and dyslexia in schools, and how potential barriers to learning can be removed.
  • Develop your understanding of concepts, theories and approaches to literacy difficulties, including dyslexia, and inclusion in schools, and on your potential for influencing change.
  • Gain insight into the learning of dyslexic and other pupils/students who experience difficulties in literacy development/specific learning difficulties, and ways in which learning might be more effectively supported.
  • Benefit from a qualification that could be used as the basis for a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) claim into an MA Education course (Level 7).

Entry Requirements

UK applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

EU/International applicants please visit website for details.

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Programme Funding

There are numerous sources of funding available for postgraduate students, both from external sources such as the Government and from the University.

Student Destinations

The course is specifically designed to enable you to meet the learning outcomes for the qualification (NASENCO) that is legally required for all new SENCOs in schools within 3 years of their appointment. . It enables you to fulfil the leadership role of SENCO in a school with greater confidence, competence and from a much better-informed position.

After graduating you will be in a good position to apply for positions of greater responsibility in schools/colleges.

The units on this course can be used as a short route to an MA Education (Special Educational Needs), providing 60 credits of recognised prior learning.

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) must constantly meet the challenge of co-ordinating first-rate provision for children with special needs and disabilities. This course has been designed to fit in with their busy day-to-day responsibilities as far as possible. Effective SENCOs may play a vital role in shaping of the future of young people, so we are delighted to be delivering a course that has been so highly rated by course members since its inception.

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