As a student on this course, you will gain a qualification that will strengthen your professional development and raise the profile of SENCOs and SEN activities in schools, colleges and early years settings. The Postgraduate Certificate enables you to gain the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCo), which is mandatory for newly appointed SENCOs and which needs to be completed within three years of appointment. It is also a valuable option for Continued Professional Development (CPD) for teachers aspiring to move into a SENCO role, and for experienced SENCOs. The course allows you to gain 60 credits at level 7 which can be used towards a Master’s degree. The programme is part-time, fully online and delivered in three modules.
7SN001 SEN Co-ordination in Context
Within this module you will explore key theories and practices associated with SEN and inclusive provision, which places the child or young person at the centre of the educational process. By investigating barriers to learning and exploring strategies for improving outcomes, you will develop your understanding of every child’s right to educational opportunity within an inclusive learning environment. You will explore historical and current debates, enabling you to critically analyse statutory and regulatory frameworks such as the SEN Code of Practice. The module emphasises the development of a reflective approach to your professional development, in which you will critique and apply concepts of inclusive practice to your own role as a SENCO.
7SN002 Improving SEN Outcomes through Evidence-Based Practice
This module examines evidence-based practice and considers how this is utilised in the SENCO role, including evaluating interventions, monitoring progress, and enhancing outcomes. It provides you with opportunities to explore and develop your understanding of evidence bases that support practices in your own (or other) schools or services. An understanding of the various research approaches and their associated methodologies will also be introduced to enable you to undertake effective information seeking, analysis, and presentation of both quantitative and qualitative data. The module will also challenge you to develop your role as a SENCO by critically evaluating evidence-based practice and the impact of interventions in your own spheres of work or in another setting.
7SN003 Leading and Developing SEN Provision
This module focuses on the SENCO as a leader and leadership will be emphasised with a focus on coordination of provision and partnership working. You will explore strategies for effective implementation of SEN processes within a broad context of national policy and legislation, in relation to inclusive education. You will be able to reflect on your ability to lead, develop, and, where necessary, challenge senior leaders, colleagues, and governors in relation to teaching and learning, in your work setting. You will explore partnership working and learn the ways it can support person-centred approaches to supporting learners and their families.
The course is also designed to help you develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence to succeed in your studies with the University of Wolverhampton at postgraduate level. We value and promote your individual engagement, progression, and success, as all our staff will recognise and celebrate your unique learning needs. This degree sits within an exciting range of Postgraduate Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion courses we offer within the Institute of Education.