Since 2009 the National Award in SEN Co-ordination has been mandatory if you are the designated SENCo for your school and is required to be completed within three years of taking up the post. The National Award is also relevant if you are aspiring to the role of SENCo as part of your career development, or if you became a SENCo before 2009. Completing this course also gives you 60 credits towards the MA in SEN and Inclusion.
This course is taught by experienced senior lecturers from our Faculty of Education and Humanities alongside Local Authority and Teaching School partners with expertise in SEND. The University of Northampton is on the Register of Quality Providers and is part of the NASENCo Provider Partnership.
The course is taught at local venues across the East Midlands following the launch day at our Waterside Campus on Saturday 13 October 2018.
Waterside is our purpose-built campus, designed to provide you with the learning experience and opportunities you expect from a modern university.
We know our staff and students want the very best, and that’s what Waterside will provide. It is the embodiment of our mission to transform lives and inspire change.
We’ve designed Waterside to put you first – it is flexible to the changing needs of our students but also makes the most of our fantastic staff. A University that teaches in a way that mirrors the skills you will need when you graduate, a place that provides everything you will need to live and learn, and that will provide a home-from-home as you enjoy one of the best and most fulfilling experiences of your life.
Our new campus opens its doors in September 2018 and while Waterside will be home to most of our teaching, we’ll also be making use of the excellent facilities around the town. We’ll also be retaining some facilities at our current campuses (Park and Avenue) on a temporary basis for the initial period. These will mostly be used to offer off-campus accommodation options to make sure we have a great range of rooms to suit everyone.More about our campuses »
We will help you to:
- develop inclusive teaching approaches and co-ordinate provision for pupils with SEN and/or disabilities in your school
- apply methods to identify additional needs and monitor the progress of pupils with SEN and/or disabilities
- instigate evidence-based, strategic approaches when deploying, supporting and managing other teaching and support staff
- establish networks and partnerships with other SENCos and local partners
The programme includes:
- two modules each worth 30 Level 7 credits at Master’s Level
- face-to-face taught sessions (seven days in total spread across the academic year)
- online support – discussion groups, networking
- access to University support and services
- mentor support
Course modules (17/18)
The National Award for SEN Coordination Part 1 (30 credits)
- Module code: SENM021
- Core module N
The National Award for SEN Coordination Part 2 (30 credits)
- Module code: SENM022
- Core module N
Module information is quoted for 17/18 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
How to apply
To apply for this course, please choose one of the following six local venues, where a large proportion of your training will be delivered:
- Derby City and Derbyshire
- Nottingham, Leicester City and Rutland
- Northampton and Milton Keynes
You will need to will need to submit the following documents with your application:
- a personal Statement
- Additional Information and Head Teacher Reference form
- photocopies or scans of degree certificates
- proof of QTS
- Change of Name document (if your name is different to the certificates you provide)
For more information, please contact SENCO@northampton.ac.uk or to apply, telephone Admissions on 0300 303 2772.
Please note that the deadline for applications for the October 2018 intake is 26 September 2018.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
Please note that this course is not eligible for Postgraduate Loan funding. See our scholarships page for more information on the funding that may be available to you at the University of Northampton.