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Dyscalculia Research and Practice PGCert

Dyscalculia Research and Practice PGCert

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Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

People With Learning Difficulties: Social Work Learning Difficulties: Skills / Facilities

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

This course consolidates the nationally recognised AMBDA (Maths/Dyscalculia) and ATS qualifications and builds practitioners’ professional practice and research skills. The course has also been designed to allow those who wish to upgrade their current AMBDA or Practising Certificate to include the maths element of assessment to attain this in one year.

In the first year, this course aims to cover the practical teaching aspect of those with numeracy difficulties and dyscalculia to enable you to act as a ‘Specialist Teacher’ delivering and evaluating multi-sensory, structured, and cumulative numeracy programmes allowing you to apply for ATS/APS with the British Dyslexia Association as well as giving a postgraduate certificate in Dyscalculia Research and Practice. In the second year you will extend your knowledge to include the formal assessment of Dyscalculia and other numeracy difficulties to allow you to apply for AMBDA Maths/Dyscalculia with the British Dyslexia Association (BDA). Successful study in the second year also gives a Postgraduate Diploma in Dyscalculia Research and Practice.


Assessment is through case studies, essays, and a portfolio related to your practice.

Careers and Employability

Student Futures aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work. On completion this course lead onto PGDip in Dyscalculia Research and Practice.


This module covers the following topics: 1. Social emotional and behavioural aspects of numeracy; 2. Learning environment that facilitates individualised learning within inclusive settings (dyslexia/numeracy friendly); 3. Supporting learning of an individual learner with dyscalculia/numeracy difficulties using metacognitive and individualised learning and teaching strategies; 4. Using an appropriate model of reflection to reflect during the teaching practice and use new learning to inform continued practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

2022/23 Home fee per 20 credit module £765. Where a taught programme is studied part-time (PT), the fees payable each year will depend on the number of modules studied during that year.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

To be confirmed

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree. At least two years’ experience of working with learners experiencing difficulties with maths/numbers is required, plus, as a minimum, a good pass (B/Grade 5) in GCSE Maths (or equivalent).

University information

From a teaching college established in 1839, to becoming the University of Chester in 2005, over 180 years of academic growth has allowed the University to offer an extensive selection of postgraduate courses and research options across a number of specialist sites. This includes five sites in and around Chester, a campus in Warrington, a University Centre in Shrewsbury, and a new health and nursing education facility, Marriss House, in...more

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