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Liverpool Hope University: Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) - Online

Institution Liverpool Hope University View institution profile
Department School of Teacher Education
Study type Taught


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.

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

Curriculum Overview Module 1: Identification, intervention and teaching (ATS/APS)

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, multi-sensory 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).


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. Module 2: Psychometrics and diagnostic assessments (AMBDA)

This module focuses on supporting practitioners to further investigate the role of the specialist SpLD (dyslexia) teacher of dyslexic learners (up to the age of 18). The module particularly focuses upon the construct, use and analysis of diagnostic assessments and how such assessments inform inclusive practice and individualised interventions.

The module will encompass critical learning and understanding from module 1 of the PGCert in SpLD (dyslexia) to enable the further development of professional qualities, knowledge and understanding required of the specialist SpLD (dyslexia) teacher.

Successful completion of module 2 will enable participants to apply to the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) for Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) status.


The statutory and regulatory context for SpLD (dyslexia) and the implications for effective specialist teaching and assessment. Critical reflection upon the theory and practice of psychometrics. Identification of opportunities to increase inclusive approaches. Critical appraisal of teaching programmes and specialist practice. Develop an understanding of the social, emotional and community issues that may affect learners with SpLD (dyslexia).

Delivery Both modules will be delivered on a part-time basis, through fully online learning, including:

Reflective upon workplace and practical activities. Participation in online webinars. Access to the extensive Liverpool Hope University Library including e-books and journal collections. Academic tutorial support via zoom and email. Online discussion forums with academics and other students. Online support from Liverpool Hope University including IT support and library support. In addition, there will be an opportunity to attend an optional meeting per module at the Liverpool Hope University Campus, Liverpool L16 9JD.

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