Postgraduate Certificate National Award for SEN Co-ordination (0-5 YEARS)

Year of entry

Canterbury Christ Church University is one of the UK’s largest and most prestigious teacher training institutions and is an established, NASEN approved training provider for the National Award for SEN Co-ordination.

This course is taught in Canterbury, Medway, Croydon and Bromley.

It is now statutory that all new SENCOs to post, working in maintained schools, academies (including free schools) must attend and complete the National Award for SEN Co-ordination within 3 years of taking up the post of SENCO.

The National Award for SEN Co-ordination (0-5 Years) is a one year, part time postgraduate certificate course, which, on successful completion of the assessed work will give SENCOs 60 Masters level credits (the equivalent to a third of a full Masters).

Please note: If you are not the named SENCO at the school and do not hold EYTS, then we are unable to award you the full National Award for SEN Co-ordination (0-5 Years).  You will, however, still be able to attend all sessions and on successful completion of the 3 x 20 credit modules, will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs.

If you later become the SENCO (within three years of enrolment) it is possible to submit a Portfolio of Learning Outcomes specific to the SENCO role. When this portfolio is combined with the 3 x 20 credit modules, you will then be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs and the National Award for SEN Co-ordination (0-5 Years).

The Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University is one of the University’s leading edge academic units and is recognised nationally as a centre of excellence for teacher education and whole school development.

What are the potential benefits?

Having now worked with over 1100 SENCOs from maintained, specialist and independent sector settings, we have clear evidence of the impact that this training course has had upon not only the SENCO, in terms of developing confidence and understanding of current legislation and the impacts that this has for practice; but also upon the school itself: as capacity and strategic leadership is developed within the school.

All schools are noticing an increase in the number of complex educational needs that staff are needing to understand and manage, and this course therefore provides SENCOs with up to date information about a range of best practices, in terms of the understanding and identification of need, as well as effective processes and practices to support a strategic rather reactive approach to meeting needs.

SENCOs also have the benefit of studying within localised cohorts of around 20: this provides a supportive network, and enables the SENCO to gain first hand understanding of the wider context of SEN, and alternative ways to approach the meeting of needs.
This course is for qualified teachers holding Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) who have recently been appointed to the role of Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), or who are aspiring SENCOs.

The course is built around the 49 professional learning outcomes that have been developed by the NCTL (National College for Teaching and Leadership), and covers the following key areas:

  • Understanding the roles and responsibilities of the SENCO
  • Understanding SEN, disability and underachievement
  • Introducing evidence based practice and Action Research to inform and improve practice within the school
  • Whole school systems: co­ordinating provision effectively
  • Understanding funding systems and implications for strategic resource planning
  • Working collaboratively and strategically with others: introducing the key skills of leadership, enabling and delegation
  • Working in partnership – with other professionals, agencies and services
  • Working in partnership – with pupils, parents and carers.

Canterbury Christ Church University meets quality standards as set out by the National Award for SEN Provider Partnership which means this course is registration approved.

On successful completion of the whole of this course (i.e. the Postgraduate Certificate in SEN Coordination and the National Award for SEN Coordination (0-5 Years)), you will be able to hold the post of SENCO.

You may continue your studies to gain the MA in SEN Leadership which will  require you to hold a PG Cert in SEN Co-ordination or a PG Cert in Specialist Assessment for Specific Learning Difficulties: Dyslexia, which must have been awarded by Canterbury Church Church University within the last five years. 

Some of our students have chosen to continue their studies on the following MA programmes:


2019/20 tuition fees for this course











*Croydon cohort only: Students studying here are also required to pay an independent service charge to the Octavo Partnership which manages education services in the Croydon area. This charge is directly invoiced by the Octavo Partnership and is separate to the Canterbury Christ Church University fee.

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2020/21 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.  

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students




Text books

Own purchase text books

Travel to other sites

Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student

Library Fees and Fines

Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable

Printing & Photocopying

The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student

Graduation ceremonies

It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here.

The National Award for SEN Co­ordination (0-5 Years) comprises nine full days taught input and two half day sessions.

You will be fully supported through expert teaching, practical discussions with other participants and direct email tutorial support.

Cohorts are run throughout the academic year, to respond to interest and demand, and can be set up in different teaching venues to make it more accessible for a group of SENCOs.

Please note that cohorts will run subject to viable numbers of applicants. Every effort is made to communicate with you at the earliest opportunity should this arise and you may be offered a later start date or an alternative location.

You will complete three written Masters level assignments, each of 4,000 words each. These assignments are spread across the course and you will be provided with full guidance and high levels of support in your sessions to understand how to complete the assignments. Successful completion of these three 20 credit Masters level assignments will enable you to be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in SEN Co-ordination.

In addition to the Masters level assignments, if you are in post as SENCO, you will need to complete a professional portfolio of practice demonstrating how you are leading the development of SEN practices in relation to each of the 49 required learning outcomes in your school setting. You will be provided with full guidance and support during sessions to help you to successfully complete your portfolio of practice.

For January 2020 entry

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For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.


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Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 1 year part-time


  • January 2020

Entry requirements

    • National Award for SEN Coordination (0-5 Years): You must be employed as a SENCO and hold Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).
    • PG Certificate for SEN Coordination: You need would need a first degree and have access to an educational setting.



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