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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

This course consolidates the nationally recognised AMBDA (Maths/Dyscalculia) and ATS qualifications and builds practitioners’ professional practice and research skills.

Course overview

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. Both years will be underpinned by theoretical aspects to support a critical understanding of key research and current debate. If you choose to complete the final dissertation year you will be encouraged to complete your own research in dyscalculia or maths difficulties leading to an MA in Dyscalculia Research and Practice.

The course has also been designed to allow those who wish to upgrade their current AMBDA or Practicing Certificate to include the maths element of assessment to attain this in one year.

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 to PGDip in Dyscalculia Research and Practice.


This module covers the following topics: 1. The affective dimension and its impact on learning; 2. Numerical skills, numerosity and the role of working memory in acquiring numeracy skills; 3. Visual and visuo-spatial aspects of maths; 4. The language of maths; 5. Role of metacognition in developing mathematical understanding; 6. Complexity for learners where dyscalculia/maths-related difficulties co-occur (Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADD/ADHD and Autism spectrum).

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

2021/22 Home fee per 20 credit module is £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.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

2021/22 full course fee: £12,950 and it is a guide for part time students.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need 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