This course is not currently accepting applications for September 2024 entry. SENCo training in its current format is transitioning to become a National Professional Qualification for Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinators from September 2024. Further information can be found on the Department for Education website.
You will learn about the importance of your role as a leader. You will gain an understanding of the professional context of your role and be supported in the strategic development of SEN Policy and Procedures.
What you need to know
Course start date
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
from £9,250 pa
- Develop your skills as a co-ordinator of effective support for children and young people with special educational needs.
- Learn how to provide support and training for your setting and develop your skills of working in partnership with pupils, families and other professionals.
- Develop skills to critically reflect on a range of additional educational needs and the issues surrounding improving educational outcomes for all pupils.
Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, University of Winchester.
Learning and teaching
You will be a post-graduate student with full access to the University’s resources. Study will encompass:
- University and Local Authority (LA) based learning networks with face-to-face days provided in different venues.
- Three written assignments that will be matched against the SENCo standards (see Assessment)
- Online training and support
The 60 credits gained from the National Award are a step towards the attainment of a Masters Degree such as the MA Education for which 180 credits are required in total.
Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing. The University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed. For further information please refer to winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions
This module offers students the opportunity to reflect analytically on an aspect of professional practice in relation to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities through consideration of recent and relevant literature and policy documents, with a view to developing future practice. Through reference to relevant research and government initiatives, the module will draw on effective practice learning and teaching for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Specialists from Local Authorities (LAs) and schools will contribute their expertise within sessions. Support will also be provided in this module for writing at Masters Level.
This module provides an opportunity to reflect analytically on a range of issues underpinning professional practice in relation to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. This will be informed by consideration of recent and relevant literature and policy documents, with a view to developing future practice. Through reference to relevant research and government initiatives. Specialists from Local Authorities (LAs) and schools will contribute their expertise within sessions. The module provides a context for reflecting on effective practice learning and teaching for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities within the context of theoretical frameworks.
Professional issues, questions and challenges focussed on an aspect of Special Educational Needs relevant to the setting the educator practices in will form the basis for this situated empirical enquiry. The research design will be built on the development of a clear rationale and specific research questions. Data will be collected and analysed through a range of methods, selected to align with the research questions. Evidence may also be drawn from inspection reports, recent research, national policy documents and insights from practice. Specialists from Local Authorities (LAs) and schools will contribute their expertise within sessions. The module tutor will provide support in the identification of a clear focus for the enquiry within individual tutorials. A community of practice will be established within the context of group seminars to facilitate engagement with analysis, critical evaluation of evidence and structuring of enquiry within a blended learning context.
2024/2025 Course Tuition Fees
|UK / Channel Islands /
Isle of Man / Republic of Ireland
Additional tuition fee information
If you are a UK student starting your degree in January / September 2024, the first year will cost you £9,250**.
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**The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.