Manchester Metropolitan University

Specific Learning Difficulties (Schools)

Develop the knowledge and skills to become a dyslexia expert in a school. This course supports teachers and professionals working in education to identify, assess, plan intervention for, teach and support students with specific learning difficulties (SpLD). You'll develop your understanding of the problems children and adolescents with SpLD in literacy experience. You'll examine the debates about the nature and causes of literacy-related learning difficulties, such as whether dyslexia is inherited or what the term 'dyslexia' means. You'll study topics including memory, phonetics, motivating students, and the effect of the environment. You'll also explore the controversies surrounding the form of support children require, such as computer programmes and visual therapies. Some of the practical skills you'll learn include how to write assessment reports, how to teach using a structured, multisensory approach, and how to plan appropriate intervention strategies. On the Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in SpLD, you'll focus on becoming a good specialist teacher of children with dyslexia (up to the age of 18). On the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in SpLD, you'll develop your skills both as an assessor and a consultant. This means that you'll gain the skills and knowledge to take on an advisory role. Our Masters in SpLD offers you the opportunity to conduct a small-scale research project in your own workplace. You can investigate an aspect of dyslexia you're particularly interested in, and write about your findings through a dissertation. There is an additional, mandatory fee of £325 per study year for this which covers the observation and assessment of two one hour lessons, two individual tutorials with AMBDA tutors, and support with report writing and lesson planning via feedback on drafts.

Entry requirements

MA: Applicants will normally need to: have a UK honours degree or international equivalent* have a minimum of two year?s teaching experience be able to satisfy on application that they are able to undertake all the programme related tasks *Applicants must have qualified at level 6 - a foundation degree does not meet our entry requirements. Up to 60 credits can be claimed by teachers who have already undertaken a post graduate award in Specific Learning Difficulties that is BDA accredited at Approved Teacher Status (ATS) or Approved Practitioner (APS) level. We will also consider applications from professionals in related fields, such as speech therapists, educational psychologists and occupational therapists. Applicants should clearly state whether they have QTS on their application form as the award given by the BDA at the end of year 1 will be Approved Practitioner Status (APS) not Approved Teacher Status (ATS) for those practitioners. Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time September 2019 - 2 Years

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