PGCert SpLD (Dyslexia) with AMBDA/ATS

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Course Length:18 Months Part-Time
Start Dates:January 2020, September 2020, January 2021
Department:Faculty of Education
Location:Venues Nationwide
  • Join a specialist programme for professionals, accredited by the British Dyslexia Association;
  • Develop the professional attributes, skills, knowledge and confidence to act as a specialist teacher for dyslexia in line with the current inclusion debate;
  • Immerse yourself in a course strongly rooted in effective practice which focuses, through the actions of the teacher, on improving provision in settings for learners with specific learning difficulties dyslexia;
  • Tailor the programme to match your needs and career aspirations – Primary, Secondary and Further/Higher Education options are available.

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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In Depth

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.

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.


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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%.


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.

Entry Criteria

Entry Requirements

To join this programme, 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 this Postgraduate Certificate are currently charged on a modular basis.

If you are joining the programme in academic year 2019/20, the cost of each module will be:

  • £1,570 for CPD4518 Identification and Intervention for Students with SpLD Dyslexia (AP);
  • £540 for CPD4519 Specialist Dyslexia Training Work-Based Practice;
  • £540 for CPD4520 Theories and Dilemmas of Dyslexia.

If you are joining the programme in academic year 2020/21, the cost of each module will be:

  • £1,600 for CPD4518 Identification and Intervention for Students with SpLD Dyslexia (AP);
  • £550 for CPD4519 Specialist Dyslexia Training Work-Based Practice;
  • £550 for CPD4520 Theories and Dilemmas of Dyslexia.

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters guide for your intended academic year of entry.


How to Apply

There is an online application process for this programme.

For the January 2020 intake, you should apply online at

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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Course Changes

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