The Postgraduate Diploma in SEN Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) is one of a range of special educational needs courses that are offered by the University of South Wales at postgraduate level.
This course is for you if you have either Qualified Teacher Status plus teaching experience, or at least two years experience of supporting students with SpLD at further or Higher Education. Also if you are looking to gain a qualification to enable you to apply to the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) for either Approved Teacher Status (ATS or ATS HE/FE) or an Associate Membership of the BDA (AMBDA or AMBDA FE/HE).
The course may also be of interest to other approved professionals, such as speech and language or occupational therapists and educational psychologists.
The Postgraduate Diploma in SEN Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) is recognised by the British Dyslexia Association for the award of Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA). It is also recognised by the Joint Council for Qualifications for Approved Teacher Status.
Licenciado/Título de Ingeniero/Título de Arquitecto with an average of 6.0-6.9, Aprobado or above
English language qualifications:
GCSE pass in English at Grade C or above
IELTS with an average overall score 6.5 with at least a 5.5 in each component
TOEFL IBT minimum score 88
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): exams taken from January 2015 – overall score of 176 with at least 162 in each component; exams taken before January 2015 – Grade C and no less than borderline in each skill
Trinity College English Language qualifications: ISE III Pass for postgraduate taught courses and research applications
City and Guild’s IESOL/ISESOL tests at expert and mastery levels (C2 and C1) for the majority of postgraduate programmes
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum of 67 points in each elemen
Don’t worry if you do not meet these requirements, we run a number of courses to prepare you for academic studies.
To gain a Postgraduate Diploma SEN in SpLD you must pass four taught modules:
Understanding Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (which is taught on campus or can be accessed via e-learning)
Specific Learning Difficulties
Managing and Supporting Children and Young People with Specific Learning Difficulties
Both SpLD modules focus not only upon specific difficulties in literacy and numeracy, but address the wider spectrum of potentially associated conditions, eg, dyspraxia, attention deficit disorder and asperger’s syndrome.
The course enables participants to gain knowledge of:
The vast range of differences within the SpLD continuum
Current research on the identification of learners experiencing problems with literacy and numeracy
Assessing individual learning needs, using both standardised and non-standardised methods
Planning programmes of work for individual pupils based on initial and ongoing assessment
The effects on learning, self esteem and behaviour of SpLD
Monitoring the progress of learners who may show uneven or intermittent standards of achievement
A variety of strategies and resources, including ICT and technical aids, for assisting pupil organisation, drafting and presentation of work
The monitoring, evaluation and auditing responsibilities within school or service, in respect of the quality of provision for pupils with SpLD
Teachers who successfully complete both SpLD modules may apply to the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) for consideration of the Approved Teacher Status (ATS or ATS FE/HE). Those who successfully complete both SpLD modules, the SEN core and research methodology modules and 30 hours teaching practice may apply to the BDA for associate membership of the BDA (AMBDA or AMBDA FE/HE).
Learning and teaching methods
Students undertake two modules in year one, and two modules in year two. Both SpLD modules are taught on Monday evenings for three hours on campus over a period of 12 consecutive weeks.
Most students proceed to the MA dissertation, in order to achieve the award of MA SEN.
If you’re interested in the possibility of a higher degree by research, your tutors will be pleased to discuss the opportunities for doing so here at the University.
Following successful completion of the course, some students have gained posts as school and college SENCOs, specialist tutors in SPLD services, set up their own SpLD consultancies, or become LEA Advisors. Others have published books and papers on the subject and gained doctorate awards.
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