Education (Dyscalculia) PGDip

Gain eligibility to apply for Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA Dyscalculia) and become a specialist teacher and assessor of learners with dyscalculia and mathematics learning difficulties.


Course length: 2 years part-time
Start dates: February 2023
February 2024
Location: Solihull College and University Centre
Subject(s): Education and Teaching
Department: Faculty of Education

This programme, which is suitable for graduates working in educational settings, will provide you with an understanding of the critical debates and issues surrounding dyscalculia and mathematics learning difficulties. You will develop the ability to screen and plan a programme of intervention for learners with dyscalculia, engage in the screening and assessment of learners, investigate educational testing and psychometrics, and appraise contemporary teaching and learning strategies. You will also gain an appreciation of the wider social and emotional aspects of dyscalculia and mathematics learning difficulties. The programme incorporates a combination of critical thinking, evaluation and practical action to ensure you develop as a reflective education professional, equipped to make robust and evidence-informed decisions, as well as the expertise to demonstrate highly effective practice and support for learners with dyscalculia. On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA Dyscalculia).

Course features

  • Professional Accreditation

What you'll study

The course comprises four modules, one studied per semester, which explore the critical debates and issues surrounding dyscalculia and mathematics learning difficulties.

You will gain a deep understanding of current research, appraise a range of multi-sensory teaching and learning approaches, and critically reflect upon the difficulties that learners with dyscalculia may have to overcome in order to achieve their full potential in mathematics.

Gaining a critical awareness of different methods of educational testing and psychometric assessment, you will develop the expertise to make a clear judgement about whether individual learners may be considered dyscalculic.

Additionally, you will develop the ability to screen, assess, report and plan intervention programmes for learners with dyscalculia.

Compulsory modules:

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Assessment and Practice for Learners with Dyscalculia

Diagnostic Assessment and Teaching of Dyscalculia in Professional Practice

Investigating Dyscalculia / Maths Learning Difficulties

Principles and Practice of Psychometrics in the Diagnostic Assessment of Dyscalculia

How you'll study

The programme will be delivered through a blended learning approach that consists of face-to-face sessions and supported online learning through the use of the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE).

You will be encouraged to share reflections using the discussion facilities provided within the virtual learning environment, enabling you to participate in discussions with a network of professionals and draw on this pool of experience and expertise.

You will be required to attend practical workshops and actively participate in all sessions and tutorials including online activities.

Face-to-face sessions take place at Solihull College and University Centre.

You can expect to receive your timetable at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day or evening of the week.

How you'll be assessed

The course is assessed through a variety of methods including case studies, critical reflections, learner profiles, evaluated specialist teaching, observations of teaching, holistic diagnostic reports, and journals.

To successfully complete this course you will need access to a range of diagnostic assessments to undertake full diagnostic assessments of dyscalculia. You will be responsible for sourcing and purchasing your own diagnostic assessments. Please contact Course Enquiries by emailing [email protected] for an up-to-date breakdown of costs.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by tutors with a wide range of expertise in a variety of academic disciplines, including inclusion and special educational needs, dyscalculia, dyslexia, leadership and management, educational research and systematic enquiry.

The structure and operation of the programme will support the development of a spirit of mutuality, providing opportunities for collaboration and the co-construction of educational knowledge, both with peers and the programme team.

All teaching observations will be carried out by tutors who hold Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) status.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

You should be a practising professional, working as a teacher, lecturer or practitioner within an educational setting, and have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above).

GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or equivalent, is also required.

How to apply

There is an online application process for this course.

Applications for February 2023 entry will open soon.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at

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Tuition fees

UK Part-Time


a year

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). Please see for further details.

Your future career

The programme will equip you with the professional attributes, skills, knowledge, attitudes and confidence required to understand the needs of individuals with dyscalculia, as well as provide highly effective specialist support and assessment within education environments.

You will graduate eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA Dyscalculia), the UK membership association which is working to achieve a dyslexia-friendly society. This will ensure that you are recognised as a specialist teacher and assessor of dyscalculia and open up a number of progression routes into senior and specialist positions which support learners with dyscalculia in educational contexts.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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