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National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination PG Cert

The programme aims to develop participants' professional knowledge and critical understanding of key concepts and debates addressed in the academic and professional literature, in order to lead and co-ordinate special educational needs and disability (SEN and D) provision across an educational setting. For SENCos new to the role it is mandatory to achieve the award within three years of appointment.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

January 2020, September 2020, January 2021

Modes and duration

Flexible: up to 2 years

Five days' attendance per module. Each module is taught over one term. Usually completed within one academic year with option to complete within maximum two years as programme is Flexible/Modular.

Application dates

January 2020 entry
Open: 4 February 2019
Close: 9 December 2019
September 2020 entry
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 28 August 2020
January 2021 entry
Open: 3 February 2020
Close: 6 November 2020

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£2,685 (FT)
Overseas:
£6,085 (FT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website. Please note: students starting study in January 2021 will pay fees at the 2020/21 rate.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have QTS (qualified teacher status) or equivalent. A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is also required. Those who hold a degree below the minimum standard have to show an ability to meet the demands of the programme through an extended personal statement.

Applicants need to be a SENCO or aspiring SENCO and have completed a Headteacher approval form (signed by Headteacher or Line manager) indicating support for you to meet all the learning outcomes of the National Award for SENCOs.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

Visa information

This programme is not suitable for international students on a Tier 4 visa.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

Select your country:

About this degree

By the end of the programme students should be able to:

  • contribute to contemporary debate in the fields of special education, inclusion and disability studies
  • produce and communicate reasoned and informed reflective argument, both in writing and orally
  • carry out a focused practitioner inquiry relating to the role of the SENCo, supported by relevant literature sources
  • improve professional practice through greater knowledge, skills, understanding and awareness

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme consists of two core taught modules (30 credits each) plus a 0 credit in-school practical module. Five full days' attendance per taught module, usually on alternate weeks over two terms.

Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

  • Developing SEN Co-ordination: Improving Learning and Teaching
  • Developing SEN Co-ordination: Leading and Managing Change
  • Learning Outcomes Log

Optional modules

There are no optional modules on this programme.

Visit the UCL Institute of Education website for more information, including module descriptions, which can be seen by clicking on the module title.

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, and tutorials. Each module is delivered over five days. A Learning Outcomes Log needs to be completed as the practical component. Assessment is through a practitioner enquiry assignment for both modules consisting of 3,500 words each, plus a supplementary component per module. The focus is on the practitioner as researcher within the participant's own education institution.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. Term Two and Term Three will also be taught online as UK Government safety guidelines limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer. Please be assured that the programme can also be fully completed remotely and we are committed to providing all students with a high quality experience throughout 2020/21.
Covid-19 practical component updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to the availability of the practical components for your chosen programme. Any updates relate only to the 20/21 academic year and may not apply to all students across the programme depending on your year of study.  Your department will keep you updated if the practical component of your programme is able to occur and/or any alternative options available.   There may need to be additional updates or changes to the practical component during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and/or Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available. 
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Note:
Deadline Monday 25 May 2020 (5pm London time).
Value:
Tuition fees, stipend, flights (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

IOE-ISH Centenary Masters Scholarships

Note:
Deadline: Monday 18 May 2020 (5pm London time).
Value:
Full tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
Eligibility:
Overseas
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial need

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Upon successful completion of this programme, students who apply to the Special and Inclusive Education MA can request to have the 60 SENCo credits as Approved Prior Learning (APL) towards the Master's.

Employability

This programme will prepare participants for progression to employment as SEN co-ordinators or for senior leadership roles within schools in a variety of settings.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme is run by the Department of Psychology & Human Development - Centre for Inclusive Education. It is delivered by specialists who currently practise in the field along with researchers with international profiles in SEN, disabilities and inclusion.

Students will get the opportunity to meet regularly with colleagues working in different local authorities in London and further afield.

The Centre for Inclusive Education offers research-informed and practice-orientated courses and knowledge exchange activities and fosters strong links with local authorities, academy federation trusts and teaching school alliances.

Department: Psychology & Human Development

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

The programme is aimed at those who currently hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in the UK, Qualified Teacher Learning Skills (QTLS), Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) and who are currently working as, or aspiring to be, a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) with Headteacher approval.

Application deadlines

January 2020 entry
9 December 2019
September 2020 entry
28 August 2020
January 2021 entry
6 November 2020

Applicants must upload their QTS certificate and Headteacher approval form (downloadable from www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/applying-graduate-study/programmes-special-arrangements/programmes-additional-requirements) (signed by Headteacher or Line Manager) indicating support for you to meet all the learning outcomes of the National Award for SEN Co-ordination.


For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Special Educational Needs Co-ordination at graduate level
  • why you want to study Special Educational Needs Co-ordination at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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