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Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) PGCert

Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) PGCert

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Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Dyslexic People: Teaching

Course type


Course Summary


The Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) course is designed for mainstream teachers or those working in an educational setting (including practitioners with a particular responsibility for supporting children, young people and adults with dyslexia) who wish to deepen their understanding of dyslexia and link this learning to the School Improvement Plan.

A flexible framework combines academic study with work-based action learning and action research, where your day-to-day professional activity informs your development through reflection and peer discussion.

The PGCert is a stand-alone qualification and counts as one-third of a masters degree.

The course is accredited by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) and qualifies students to apply for Approved Teacher Status (ATS) or Approved Professional Status (APS) as long as they have completed two years (or equivalent) as a teacher or educational professional by the end of the course.

The programme is arranged to fit in with your working patterns and includes 10 Saturday sessions between September and June.

Areas of study

This course will focus on the following areas of study:

developing knowledge of the theoretical basis of contemporary approaches to dyslexia
the identification, assessment and practical support for learners with dyslexia
creating and delivering specialist intervention programmes and developing dyslexia friendly environments.
the application of learning to practice and evaluation of impact on yourself, your learners or others affected by your study.

This will enable you, as a practitioner, to:

extend and enhance your current practice
gain knowledge of current thinking in the understanding of dyslexia
develop frameworks for understanding the range of issues surrounding working with learners with dyslexia
increase your confidence and effectiveness in supporting learners with dyslexia
learn how to implement change in a range of policy contexts.


Our PGCerts are designed to support your career progression, increase your subject knowledge and help you to make a direct difference to your school and students.

The course will develop your understanding and critical awareness of current education discourses in dyslexia,
develop a theoretical and reflective understanding on which to develop professional skills and attributes
to facilitate positive change to professional practice and to be able to develop and deliver specialist intervention programmes for learners with dyslexia.


This module embeds and develops specialist knowledge, skills and practice while considering the wider issues and debates around inclusion of learners with dyslexia. You will develop a further teaching programme and teach a series of 10 lessons to an individual learner or two learners who are part of a small group.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (per year)


International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

You will need a good honours degree and experience within an education setting; to qualify for Approved Teacher Status (ATS) or Approved Professional status (APS), students must have completed two years (or equivalent) as a teacher or educational professional by the end of the course; all applicants are interviewed – this may be in person or by telephone.

University information

Located on England’s beautiful south coast, the University of Brighton is a busy multi-campus university with a diverse body of over 3,800 postgraduate students. The university offers over 200 postgraduate courses, many accredited by professional bodies, and most providing flexible study options so that students can balance their studies with other commitments. For students in need of additional financial support, there is a range of...more

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