University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Language, Literacies and Dyslexia

The programme is aimed at teachers, speech and language therapists and other professionals working with children, young people and students in further and higher education at pre-16 and FE/HE education levels who have difficulties with learning literacy skills. This programme is essential for practitioners seeking to become specialist practitioners, employable to assess and teach learners with dyslexia and literacy difficulties of school age or in further/higher education. Successful completion of modules 1-3 which meet the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) criteria in practical assessments, allows students to apply for the BDA professional qualification. At the beginning of each year of study, there is an online induction module to the University of Birmingham programme. This module will give all the necessary information to induct students into the programme so that a residential visit is not required. The method of learning involves online reading, literature searches, enquiry based learning through activities and discussion with fellow students in your tutor group, and your tutors. Learning is orientated to relating your study to your professional practice. Study activities include reading chapters and articles on research and practice, quizzes, online discussion of case studies, webinars. Developing studying skills include online searches for research papers, policies and teaching materials, critical reading, problem-solving, and writing skills. There is personal online tutorial support through 'reflective journaling' and discussion with your tutor. Regular group monthly tutorials with your tutor group and tutor are held by Skype.

Entry requirements

Applicants need to have: a degree (2.1 or equivalent); professional access to working with learners who have literacy difficulties, e.g. as a teacher, teaching assistant, SLT, OT. Access in parental or voluntary capacity does not meet this criterion; 2 years professional practice experience is highly recommended for Master's level study in literacy difficulties. Applicants will also be expected to have: professional access to learners with these specific difficulties in your work context; opportunities to assess and work with at least 3 learners with literacy difficulties in September-July; access to age appropriate, up to date assessment/ testing tools and intervention programmes for literacy difficulties; opportunities to observe age appropriate, up to date standardised tests being used.

Course modules

Modules include: language and literacies in development; identification and assessment of dyslexia/literacy difficulties; managing curriculum and intervention for dyslexia/literacy difficulties.

Assessment methods

Assessment of module 2 will be through professional practice in assessment of dyslexia as well as a written assignment. Assessment of module 3 will be through professional practice in intervention and curriculum management of dyslexia as well as a written assignment.

Sponsorship information

Funding:-Information that applicants will need who are seeking NCTL funding: Reference number you need your own Teacher Ref Number, information that NCTL require to process applications; Programme information: 9735 PGCert Language, Literacies and Dyslexia - 12 months 9736 PGDip Language, Literacies and Dyslexia- 24 months 9737 MEd Language, Literacies and Dyslexia - 36 months Programme dates: 1.9.14 - 29.8.2015 3. Fees Home/EU 2014-2015 9735 PGCert part time £2,380 9736 PGDip part time £2,380 first year; £1,980 second year 9737 MEd part time £2,380 first year; £1,980 second year; £1,980 third year

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MEd Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,630 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
MEd Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,630 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
MEd Distance learning September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
MEd Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,630 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
MEd Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,630 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
MEd Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,630 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PgCert Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,630 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
PgCert Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,630 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
PgCert Distance learning September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
PgCert Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,630 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgCert Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,630 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
PgCert Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,630 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
PgDip Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,630 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
PgDip Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,630 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
PgDip Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,630 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
PgDip Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,630 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
PgDip Distance learning September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
PgDip Distance learning September 2016 GBP 2,630 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

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