University of Chester
National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination PgCert
University of Chester

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This course fulfils the training requirements of The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2015), which envisages that a SENCO will provide leadership and professional guidance to colleagues and will work closely with staff, parents and carers, etc. It challenges SENCOs to promote person-centred, inclusive practice in which the interests and needs of pupils with SEN and/or disabilities are at the heart of everything they do.

Why study this course with us?

At Chester, the NASENCo also forms part of the MA in Special Educational Needs and Disability.

Our course takes as its ideology the notion that person-centred, inclusive thinking that foregrounds individual interests and needs of children, young people and adults with SEN and/or disabilities is at the heart of all practice. It is based on the premise that parents and carers are equal partners in securing achievement, progress and well-being, and that value-free understanding of social and familial contexts is crucial in responding to a child, young person or vulnerable adult with SEN.

Assessment tasks include essays, a small-scale practitioner enquiry, an analytical case study and a professional portfolio with a critical commentary. You will attend two weekends per module on a Friday evening and Saturday. Contact hours are 5-7pm on Fridays and 9.30am-4.30pm on Saturdays. You will also be expected to undertake 184 hours’ non-contact-guided study per module.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
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Applicants must be qualified teachers (QTS, QLTS or EYTS) and will normally be working in the area of SEN, or aspiring to acquire specialist SEN knowledge and skills and/or the National SENCO Award. Applicants will need to show evidence of Qualified Teacher Status and will normally have a minimum of 2:2 honours. We may invite applicants to have a telephone interview during our recruitment process. For SENCos new to the role, it is mandatory (in England) to achieve the Award within three years of appointment.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About University of Chester

The University of Chester, as the name suggests, is a university located in Chester. The university is formally affiliated with the Christian faith, but they make it clear in their mission statement that students of all faiths or no faith at all are welcome at their university. Chester operates from a total of six campuses, five of which are in Chester, the other in Warrington, with the main campus building being known as Parkgate Road Campus.

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Where is this programme taught

University Centre Shrewsbury
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