University of South Wales

University of South Wales

Special Educational Needs Specific Learning Difficulties

Accredited by the British Dyslexia Association for AMBDA, this SpLD course is ideal if you have at least two years' experience of working with students with specific learning difficulties and want a qualification to be able to assess and diagnose dyslexia. This course is also recognised by the Joint Council for Qualifications as the appropriate training for completing Access Arrangements in Secondary Schools. The Postgraduate Diploma SEN Specific Learning Difficulties may also be of interest to other approved professionals such as speech and language or occupational therapists and educational psychologists. Completion of this SpLD course allows you to apply to the British Dyslexia Association for either Approved Teacher Status (ATS or ATS HE/FE) or an Associate Membership of the BDA (AMBDA or AMBDA FE/HE).

Entry requirements

Applicants should have qualified teacher status plus teaching experience or a minimum of 2 years' experience of supporting students with literacy difficulties in further or higher education. Students choosing modules which have a placement component as part of the assessment process will need to provide evidence of a current enhanced disclosure and barring service check (or its equivalent if you are an EU or international student). If English is not your 1st language you should be able to demonstrate a level of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (minimum score of 5.5 in each band).

Course modules

Modules: Understanding learning difficulties and disabilities; specific learning difficulties; managing and supporting children and young people with specific learning difficulties; research methodology.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Part-time - 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2017 - 2 years

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