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Education (Dyscalculia) PGCert

Gain eligibility to apply for Approved Dyscalculia Teacher (ATD) status on a specialist programme, accredited by the British Dyslexia Association, which focuses on improving provision in educational settings for learners with dyscalculia.

Closed to international applications for September 2023.


Course length: 1 year part-time
Start dates: February 2024
Location: Edge Hill University
Subject(s): Education and Teaching
Faculty: Education
Department: Primary and Childhood Education

This programme, which is suitable for graduates working in educational settings, will equip 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, as well as engaging in the completion of reports based on the screening and assessment of learners. You will be equipped with a clear understanding of a range of approaches to effective teaching and learning and gain an appreciation of the wider social and emotional aspects of dyscalculia and mathematics learning difficulties. The programme provides a combination of critical thinking, evaluation and practical action to ensure you can demonstrate highly effective practice and support for learners with dyscalculia. On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for Approved Dyscalculia Teacher (ATD) status with the British Dyslexia Association.

In addition to your tuition fees, you will be required to purchase your own diagnostic assessments. For full details and an up-to-date breakdown of costs please email [email protected] and we will send you the information you need.

Course features

  • Professional accreditation

What you'll study

The course comprises two 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 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.

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

Compulsory modules:

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Investigating Dyscalculia / Maths Learning Difficulties
Assessment and Practice for Learners with 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 two workshops and actively participate in all sessions and tutorials including online activities. Face-to-face sessions take place at Edge Hill University, however international students can attend the face-to-face sessions remotely.

You can expect to receive your timetable before 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, pupil profiles, evaluated specialist teaching, observations of teaching, and holistic diagnostic reports.

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.

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 (or equivalent).

Applicants who do not meet these requirements may also be considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply here for February 2024.


If you already hold up to date AMBDA status through completion of a PG Cert or PG Dip in SpLD Dyslexia, completion of this one-year programme will allow you to apply for AMBDAD (AMBDA Dyscalculia) with the BDA.

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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If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Where you'll study

Faculty of Education


Tuition fees

UK Part-Time


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for the course

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.

Please note: Students on this course are not eligible for a postgraduate loan.

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 can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

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 and provide highly effective specialist support to them.

You will graduate eligible to apply for Approved Dyscalculia Teacher (ATD) status with the British Dyslexia Association, the UK membership association which is working to achieve a dyslexia-friendly society. This will ensure that you are recognised as a specialist teacher of dyscalculia and open up a number of progression routes into 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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