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Special Educational Needs PgCert

Mode Duration Start date
Part time 1 year September 2019

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Saturday 3 November 2018
If you are interested in becoming a teacher in early years, primary (5-11) or secondary, are looking to find out more about our Education MRes programme or want to specialise in Early Years, Special Education Needs or Physical Education come along to our Education Open Day on Saturday 3 November 2018, 10.00am - 1.00pm.

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Choose Kingston's Special Educational Needs PgCert

This course incorporates the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (SENCO). It is for aspiring or existing SEN Coordinators.

It will enable you to acquire advanced professional knowledge and skills for implementing and leading change in provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities. 

It provides opportunity for critical enquiry into specialist sources and the use of reflective tools to develop insight into complex professional and interprofessional, working within and beyond organizations. It draws on appropriate theoretical constructs to examine practice-oriented issues and to enhance teaching, learning and assessment through research-based interventions. A peer network is facilitated on the course by using the practice and principles of dialogic pedagogy. 

What will you study?

The course will enable you to gain an overview of Special Educational Needs and disabilities in the context of policy, practice and professionalism.The critical evaluation of specialist sources will be undertaken to understand the range of perspectives which impact on the work of SEN coordinators. Ways of enhancing learning for pupils with SEN and disabilities will be a central feature of the course. 

Reflective practice will be supported by maintaining a learning journal which will evaluate practice-based scenarios. The leadership of change in professional settings will draw on appropriate theories and resource management will be examined with reference to both professional and interprofessional working. Overall, the course is designed to enable SEN coordinators to better meet the needs of learners who have special educational needs and disabilities. 


Summative assignments will include a critical commentary on the implications of legislative interventions for the role of the SENCO and the critical evaluation of sources to develop strategies for the leadership of SEN provision in situated practice. 

Formative assessments will include tutor-facilitated online discussions,  creating and maintaining a reflective journal, the collaborative exploration of specialist sources in workshop sessions and work in progress papers arising from assignment preparation involving tutor and peer feedback.

Course structure

Please note you can apply for both modules at the same time or sign up for one module at a time.

Core modules

  • This module is designed to help you gain an overview of Special Educational Needs. Databases and other specialist sources are examined to develop evidence-based approaches to learning, teaching and assessment. A critical understanding of the statutory and regulatory context for SEN and disability is developed. Critical reflections and ethical practice are important focal points for exploring how learning outcomes for learners with SEND can be improved, including the use of reflective journal writing. A consolidating theme for the module is an exploration of the personal and professional qualities that SEN coordinators use to enhance pupil attainment.

  • This module is designed to enable you to develop the process of enacting change both professionally and interprofessionally. The exploration of the principles and practice of leadership will involve organizational theory relevant to the leadership of SEN provision, including self reflection and ways of promoting professional learning within and across settings. The use of external sources of support and expertise will involve consideration of the sustainability of provision.Constructs of interprofessional working will be encountered, including multiagency teams which focus on SEN and disabilities.


You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

For further information:

Maria Dowling
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 4737
Email us

For further information:

Maria Dowling
Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 4737
Email us

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