Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Specific Learning Difficulties (Schools)

Courses are principally designed to enable classroom practitioners gain a high level of knowledge and skill so that they can expertly meet the needs of learners with specific learning difficulties (SpLDs). There is a supervised teaching practice consisting of 20 hours one-to-one teaching in year 1 and a further 10 hours in year 2 in order to meet BDA requirements. 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

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; 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.

Assessment methods

Written assignments and supervised teaching practice.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time - 1 years

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