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Postgraduate Diploma (SEND Programme)



If you have achieved a PostGraduate Certificate, or you have existing, valid credits from prior modules or other institutions, then the PostGraduate Diploma is the perfect choice to expand your knowledge and achieve a higher qualification.

Part of our SEND programme, a PGDip comprises 120 masters-level credits.

Our modules are 30 or 60 credits, allowing you to pick and choose a programme of study that you will enjoy and which will benefit your setting.

This programme was developed and is delivered and assessed by Real Training, awarded by and quality assured by Middlesex University.

Which modules would I need to study?

To achieve the 120 credits required for a PGDip, you will need to study a selection of modules which will provide you with those credits. Our modules are 30 or 60 credits each, so you can pick and choose those that are most suited to your school’s needs and your interests.

Some delegates will study three 30 credit Skills & Knowledge modules, and the Evidence and Pedagogy for Inclusion module, which is compulsory for you to be able to demonstrate your application and reflection skills.

However, if you have studied the National Award in SEN Coordination (NASENCO) or the International Award for SEN Coordination (iSENCO), you can choose the modules most of interest, as it is not compulsory for you to study the Evidence and Pedagogy for Inclusion module.

What modules do we offer?

Our 30 credit Skills & Knowledge modules

Other modules which provide credits:

Can I bring in credits from another institution?

It is possible to bring in credits from another institution, however please read our Accreditation for Prior Learning information to ensure that we can accept them.

Can I use my credits towards a Master of Education in SEND?

Of course you can! Provided that they were achieved within the past 5 years, a PGDip will provide you with 120 credits. All that you would need to do is study the Enquiry-based SEND practice module, which will give you the final 60 credits required to gain the MEd SEND.

Please note that the Enquiry-based SEND practice module is compulsory if you wish to achieve the full MEd SEND.

How long does it take?

It depends. You’ll have up to 12 months to complete each module. You can also take a break between modules, or study 2 30-credit modules in a year. If you choose to study 60 credits per year, you could complete the PGDip within 2 years.

The timeframe could be longer or shorter, depending on if you are bringing in existing credits and the number of modules you choose to study at one time.

How do I book?

Fill out our booking form. We don’t advise that delegates study more than 60 credits at a time, so please book all the module(s) that you would like to study, and then select the relevant start dates for each module, with ‘start tbc’ for any modules that would need to be completed at a later date.

If you have other credits that you would like to bring into the programme, please include them on the booking form for consideration. We also recommend you read the Accreditation for Prior Learning first.

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