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PGCert SpLD (Dyslexia) with AMBDA/ATS

PGCert SpLD (Dyslexia) with AMBDA/ATS

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


18 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Dyslexic People: Teaching People With Learning Difficulties: Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

This programme enables you to investigate research and literature relevant to SpLD dyslexia and evaluate this in terms of specialist teaching and learning practice. You will gain a critical understanding of the social, emotional and community issues that may affect dyslexic learners and their families and develop your knowledge of the practice and principles involved in enhancing the learning experience for children and young people with SpLD dyslexia. Demonstrating the ability to critically evaluate and reflect upon your own practice in relation to the identification, assessment and subsequent interventions within the role of a specialist teacher forms a central part of the programme.

What will I study?

The rationale and philosophy of the programme emphasises the key relationship between critical thinking, evaluation and practical action. This is related to your professional experiences and interests as well as the ways in which these can be synthesised.

Emphasis is placed on effective practice, particularly improving the provision that settings offer, through the teacher/tutor, for learners with specific learning difficulties dyslexia.

This will involve active exploration of a range of issues including:

Complexities of identification, assessment and multi-sensory learning environments;
Critical analysis of a range of intervention strategies and teaching approaches;
Principles underlying structured, sequential, multi-sensory teaching;
The role and impact of legislation;
Current research, theory and practice of psychometrics;
Diagnostic assessment;
Validity and reliability of testing;
Practice of other teachers supporting pupils with dyslexia within a different context;
Analysis of the potential impact of dyslexia on social and emotional development;
Analysis of potential barriers to learning;
Dyslexia and society.

What are my career prospects?

The programme has been designed to equip you with the professional attributes, skills, knowledge, attitudes and confidence necessary to act as a specialist teacher for dyslexia.

These skills and the AMBDA / ATS status allow specialist teachers to make access arrangements for examinations as well as diagnostic screenings for dyslexia in both their own workplace and other Local Authority settings.


This module enables you to embed, develop and further evidence the knowledge, skills and professional attributes of SpLD/dyslexia specialist teachers. It also considers the wider issues and debates, such as inclusion and the dilemmas arising from everyday practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Tuition fees for studying on this Postgraduate Certificate are £2,190 for Year 1 for UK students enrolling on the course in academic year 2021/22. Tuition fees for Year 2, studied in academic year 2022/23, are still to be announced.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You need to have a relevant degree (or equivalent). You will require a written statement from your head teacher / manager supporting your suitability as a specialist teacher and confirming you satisfy the Disclosure and Barring Service’s (DBS) mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’.

University information

Edge Hill University has been shaping the minds and futures of its vibrant student community since 1885. Established with a clear mission to create opportunity from knowledge, Edge Hill is now one of the UK’s leading universities and a popular choice for postgraduate students looking to undertake world-leading research, advance their career prospects, or specialise in their field. Awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework for...more