PGCert SpLD (Dyslexia) with AMBDA/ATS

Develop the expertise to enhance provision in educational settings for learners with specific learning difficulties dyslexia on a course accredited by the British Dyslexia Association.

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      Course Length: 18 Months Part-Time
      Start Dates: September 2022, January 2023, September 2023, January 2024
      Subjects: Education and Teaching
      Location: Venues Nationwide

      This programme enables you to investigate research and literature relevant to SpLD dyslexia and evaluate this in terms of specialist teaching and learning practice. You will gain a critical understanding of the social, emotional and community issues that may affect dyslexic learners and their families and develop your knowledge of the practice and principles involved in enhancing the learning experience for children and young people with SpLD dyslexia. Demonstrating the ability to critically evaluate and reflect upon your own practice in relation to the identification, assessment and subsequent interventions within the role of a specialist teacher forms a central part of the programme.

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      What will I study?

      The rationale and philosophy of the programme emphasises the key relationship between critical thinking, evaluation and practical action. This is related to your professional experiences and interests as well as the ways in which these can be synthesised.

      Emphasis is placed on effective practice, particularly improving the provision that settings offer, through the teacher/tutor, for learners with specific learning difficulties dyslexia.

      This will involve active exploration of a range of issues including:

      • Complexities of identification, assessment and multi-sensory learning environments;
      • Critical analysis of a range of intervention strategies and teaching approaches;
      • Principles underlying structured, sequential, multi-sensory teaching;
      • The role and impact of legislation;
      • Current research, theory and practice of psychometrics;
      • Diagnostic assessment;
      • Validity and reliability of testing;
      • Practice of other teachers supporting pupils with dyslexia within a different context;
      • Analysis of the potential impact of dyslexia on social and emotional development;
      • Analysis of potential barriers to learning;
      • Dyslexia and society.

      How will I be assessed?

      Modules are assessed using case studies, diagnostic assessment reports, specialist teaching evaluations, annotated lesson plans and observations of teaching practice.

      Assessments and activities on the Specialist Dyslexia Training programme give you the opportunity to analyse current practice, utilising and reflecting upon current research and debate to bring about change with clear impact.

      Assessment tasks have been designed to allow choice and flexibility to ensure that individual needs are met and that impact on provision and practice within your setting is maximised. In this way the assessments form an integral part of the learning process which will be captured through portfolio evidence of impact on pupils, your own professional practice and the practice of other professionals in your school.

      To successfully complete the Specialist Dyslexia Training Work-Based Practice module, you will need to have access to a range of diagnostic assessments to undertake a full diagnostic assessment of dyslexia. You will be responsible for sourcing and purchasing your own diagnostic assessments. Please contact Course Enquiries for an up-to-date breakdown of costs.

      Who will be teaching me?

      The modules in the programme will be taught by experienced and knowledgeable tutors, supplemented by face-to-face and blended learning opportunities. All teaching observations will be carried out by tutors who hold Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) status.

      The University tutors have expertise in a variety of academic disciplines, including SEN / Inclusion, Dyslexia, Leadership and Management, educational research and systematic enquiry.


      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.


      Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information, however our programmes 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 accrediting 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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      Compulsory modules:

      CPD4518Identification, Assessment and Intervention for Students with SpLD Dyslexia (AP) (20 credits)

      Identification, Assessment and Intervention for Students with SpLD Dyslexia (AP) enables you to explore and develop good practice, including the skills, knowledge and conceptual/theoretical understanding necessary for the identification and assessment of children or young people who may have SpLD/dyslexia.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CPD4519Specialist Dyslexia Training Work-based Practice (20 credits)

      Specialist Dyslexia Training Work-based Practice enables you to investigate the role of a specialist teacher of learners with SpLD/dyslexia within your professional setting. This exploration will involve using diagnostic assessment data as a tool to inform interventions and, also, using diagnostic data/other data to inform the planning, practice and evaluation of teaching and learning with learners who have or may have SpLD/dyslexia.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      CPD4520Theories and Dilemmas of Dyslexia (20 credits)

      Theories and Dilemmas of Dyslexia enables you to embed, develop and further evidence the knowledge, skills and professional attributes of SpLD/dyslexia specialist teachers. The module also considers the wider issues and debates, such as inclusion and the dilemmas arising from everyday practice.

      Assessment: Coursework: 100%.

      Please note, as an alternative to completing this PGCert, it is also possible to gain eligibility to apply to the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) for recognition as a Specialist Dyslexia Teacher/Practitioner with Approved Teacher Status or Approved Practitioner Status (ATS/APS) by completing module CPD4518 Identification, Assessment and Intervention for Students with SpLD Dyslexia (AP) (20 credits) only.

      Entry Criteria

      Entry Requirements

      You need to have a relevant degree (or equivalent).

      You will require a written statement from your head teacher / manager supporting your suitability as a specialist teacher and confirming you satisfy the Disclosure and Barring Service’s (DBS) mandatory criteria of ‘Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults’.

      Career Prospects

      What are my career prospects?

      The programme has been designed to equip you with the professional attributes, skills, knowledge, attitudes and confidence necessary to act as a specialist teacher for dyslexia.

      These skills and the AMBDA / ATS status allow specialist teachers to make access arrangements for examinations as well as diagnostic screenings for dyslexia in both their own workplace and other Local Authority settings.


      Tuition Fees

      Tuition fees for part-time study on this Postgraduate Certificate are £2,230 for Year 1 for UK students enrolling on the course in academic year 2022/23. Tuition fees for Year 2, studied in academic year 2023/24, are still to be announced. You are advised to check this page regularly and once the position has been confirmed we will update this information.

      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

      For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2022/23 guide at

      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.


      How to Apply

      There is an online application process for this programme.

      Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.

      Visit for more information about the application process.

      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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      SpLD (Dyslexia) with AMBDA/ATS Course Statement

      The face-to-face sessions that would usually take place at venues in central locations such as Edge Hill University, London and Solihull will be delivered online for the duration of courses commencing in Spring 2021.

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