Course Comparison

PgCert The National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination MA Education
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Master of Arts - MA
1 year 1 year
Assessment breakdown
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Course type
Part-time Full-time, Part-time route available
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Local Authority locations: Bodmin, Exeter, Ilminster, Plymouth Plymouth
Plymouth Institute of Education Plymouth Institute of Education
Entry requirements

To achieve the National Award you must have QTS/QTLS/EYTS and are likely to be working as a SENCo or deputy SENCo.  School staff in the role of SENCo will have completed an induction period (please note that those with EYTS will become qualified as a SENCo to work only in the early years). If you do not meet these conditions it may be possible for you to achieve the PgCert Inclusive Education instead (60 masters level credits). For SENCos new to the role, it is mandatory to achieve the award within three years of appointment.

For further information please contact the Programme Lead, Vicky Bamsey.

If you are applying with overseas qualifications please can you check their compatibility with the UK equivalent through UK ECCTIS, who provide an advisory service.

English language requirements

The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is 6.5 overall (with 5.5 in each element), or equivalent.

English language requirements.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

A relevant degree with honours (2:2 or above) or an equivalent professional qualification. Other qualifications accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field may also be considered. Non-standard applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Please view the country specific pages for further information regarding the equivalency of your degree. International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability, for example by achieving an IELTS score of 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element) or equivalent, see our English language requirements. Pre-sessional English language courses are available if you do not meet these requirements.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. You can check how your qualification compares with the UK equivalent through UK ECCTIS, who provide an advisory service.

Supplementary admissions form
All applicants are required to complete a supplementary admissions form as part of their admissions process.

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