Inclusion and achievement of students with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) within mainstream education is an important current focus. By acquiring specialist teaching and assessment skills, you’ll broaden your career opportunities within and beyond the school and college context.
The modules combine theory and practice. You’ll study through workshops, case studies and assignments, justifying your professional practice through research. Modules comprise taught sessions and assessed projects, and can be completed full-time in one year or part-time in up to five years.
Various modules can be combined to facilitate a PG Cert, PG Diploma or full Master’s degree. The professional practice element enables application to the British Dyslexia Association for the coveted awards of Accredited Teacher/Practitioner Status (ATS/APS), Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) and the Assessment Practising Certificate (APC).
Applicants (with the exception of speech and language therapists and psychologists) should have a first degree in Education or linked pedagogy and, ideally, two years of teaching experience.
Equivalence of overseas students’ academic qualifications is assessed by NARIC. For overseas applicants who are non native speakers of English, a minimum language level of IELTS 6.5, or equivalent, is required.
If you already have a recognised SpLD / Dyslexia qualification at ATS level, you can apply to use this prior qualification to gain entry to the Assessment Methodology module as Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) towards the Masters or PG Dip in SpLD / Dyslexia as well as using this to top up your BDA qualification to AMBDA level.
You’ll develop your theoretical and practical knowledge of SpLD/dyslexia, and will learn specialist approaches to the identification, assessment and teaching of learners with specific learning difficulties.
The first module of the course (TT7364) will enable you to assess a learner, compile an individual profile based on your findings, and design/deliver an individualised programme of support. You’ll also explore methods and strategies to develop the inclusive practices which can support learners across the curriculum.
The second module (TT7365) will develop your ability to undertake full diagnostic assessments for dyslexia to inform programmes and appropriate support, such as Examination Access Arrangements. A further module (TT7369) will allow you to develop an understanding of the difficulties faced by primary or secondary students with SpLD/dyslexia or dyscalculia when learning mathematics, and provide you with knowledge about how to support them.
If you already have specialist SpLD/dyslexia qualifications and wish to gain a PATOSS Assessment Practising Certificate, a further module (TT7372) can facilitate this.
Many of our students seek new career paths in the field of additional support needs, ranging from working as SENCos or within specialist teams in educational contexts or Local Authorities to educational management, training or in related fields, maybe in their non-UK home. Some set up as independent SpLd assessors and tutors. Others start with the intention of taking their studies further – to PhD level – and seek eventual employment in an academic institution.
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