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Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) (PGCert)

Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) (PGCert)

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Study mode

Part time


24 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

People With Learning Difficulties: Social Work

Course type


Course Summary

This Postgraduate Certificate aims to support teachers and professionals working in education to gain the confidence, knowledge and skills to identify, assess, plan, teach and support students with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia).

Through critical reflection, participants on the programme will develop their understanding of the barriers to participation and learning that pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) can encounter.

• Develop the specialist knowledge, skills and confidence to be a specialist teacher and/or assessor for dyslexia.

• Be part of a specialist programme for professionals.

• Investigate research and literature relevant to SpLD dyslexia and relate this to specialist teaching and assessment.

• The two modules that make up the award each carry 30 Masters level credits, which can be used towards a Masters programme.

• Successful completion of the course will enable students to apply to the British Dyslexia Association for Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) and for an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC). Professionals with AMBDA / APC are able to be Exam Access Arrangements Assessors.

The Post Graduate Certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) is accredited by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA).

Part-time, Blended Learning (including a combination of online and face-to-face sessions)*

• Reflection upon workplace learning and practical activities.

• Seminars and taught sessions.

• Independent reading.

*Please note all sessions will be taught online if necessary, dependent on our Covid-19 alert status and risk assessments.


Together we will explore the knowledge, understanding and practical experience required to be specialist SpLD teacher of dyslexic learners (up to the age of 18). Through investigation of research and literature you will develop a critical understanding of issues that may affect dyslexic learners and their families. Developing your understanding of the nature and definition of dyslexia will enable you to reflect on your understanding and construct structured, multisensory teaching programmes. By the end of the module you will have grown in your own practice enabling you to identify a profile of learner?s strengths and areas to be developed and plan subsequent teaching programmes and interventions. Successful completion of module 1 will enable participants with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS) to apply to the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) for Approved Teacher Status (ATS). Participants who do not hold QTS or QTLS status who successfully complete module 1 will be able to apply to the BDA for Approved Practitioner Status (APS). Content ? Developing understanding of the practice and principles involved in the identification and assessment of learners with SpLD (dyslexia). ? Critical reflection upon the role of Information Technology. ? Follow and individualise a teaching programme to meet individual learner needs. ? Evaluation of personal specialist practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

First class or upper second class honours degree in a relevant discipline (applications from students who do not hold a 1st or 2:1 Honours Degree (or equivalent), but have appropriate professional experience may be considered). Qualified Teacher status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning Skills (QTLS). Applicants without Qualified Teacher status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning Skills (QTLS) are able to apply if they are able to demonstrate experience supporting learners of a school age (18 years or under). We will also consider applications from professionals in related fields, such as speech therapists, educational psychologists and occupational therapists.

University information

Liverpool Hope University is set across two green campuses: Hope Park, just four miles from Liverpool city centre, and the Creative Campus, close to the city centre. There is also a small residential campus at Aigburth Park. Over the last 10 years, there has been a significant investment in buildings and equipment of over £76 million. Each year over 1,000 postgraduate students choose to study a range of postgraduate taught, research and PGCE...more

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