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This course focuses on difficulties in literacy acquisition, including dyslexia, among young people and investigates how potential barriers to learning can be ameliorated within educational contexts. Read more
This course focuses on difficulties in literacy acquisition, including dyslexia, among young people and investigates how potential barriers to learning can be ameliorated within educational contexts.

The course includes the elements related to assessment theory and practice required by the Joint Council for Qualifications (2014) in qualifications for specialist teachers who assess pupils and students and make recommendations for access arrangements and reasonable adjustments in relation to external examinations in schools.

This is an online version of the course. All the materials are available through the University’s website so you will be able to study the whole course at a distance. Support from course tutors is available through the website, by email or by telephone.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/difficulties-literacy-development-and-dyslexia#entry

Course detail

• Study on a course designed for education professionals, which will help equip you to meet a diverse range of learning needs within your teaching environment, and to support your colleagues
• Explore course content highly relevant to mainstream and special school practitioners alike, focusing on issues related to literacy difficulties and dyslexia in schools, and how potential barriers to learning can be removed
• Develop your understanding of concepts, theories and approaches to literacy difficulties, including dyslexia, and inclusion in schools, and on your potential for influencing change
• Gain insight into the learning of dyslexic and other pupils/students who experience difficulties in literacy development/specific learning difficulties, and ways in which learning might be more effectively supported
• Benefit from a qualification that could lead you into more specialist roles in Education (such as SENCO) and/or further study (eg the National Award for SEN Co-ordinators), and may also be used as the basis for a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) claim into an MA Education course (Level 7).

Modules

• Understanding Difficulties in Literacy Development and Dyslexia
• Addressing Difficulties in Literacy Development and Dyslexia

Assessment

Your individual development is assessed via six diagnostic, formative and summative assessments.

The first assessment in Unit 1 requires reflection on understandings of literacy acquisition and application of understandings to students’ own contexts.

Assessment two focuses on critical reflection on theories of dyslexia, and assignment 3 to application of assessment theory to individual literacy learning difficulties and the design, development, implementation and evaluation of an individual learning plan linked to needs..

Assessments in Unit 2 relate to institutional level: analysis and reflection on current school/college policy on literacy and dyslexia; analysis of areas for improvement in institutional provision for literacy difficulties and dyslexia; and the design, development, implementation and critical evaluation of a small-scale practitioner research project focused on achieving the desired improvement.

Careers

This course includes the elements required by the Joint Council for Qualifications (2014) for specialist teachers to assess pupils and students and make recommendations for access arrangements and reasonable adjustments during external examinations.

For this reason, typically graduates of this course either continue working in their own institutions or else are promoted to positions of greater responsibility. Graduates may also wish to continue their postgraduate study through a Masters qualification such as MA Education (Special Educational Needs).

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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This course is designed for experienced teachers and graduate teaching assistants working with children and young people with literacy difficulties and is organised by Oxford Brookes in partnership with Oxfordshire Local Authority. Read more
This course is designed for experienced teachers and graduate teaching assistants working with children and young people with literacy difficulties and is organised by Oxford Brookes in partnership with Oxfordshire Local Authority.

The course meets the criteria for the taught elements of Associate Membership to the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA). To apply for full AMBDA status you will need to do an additional observed and mentored practice with a qualified AMBDA practitioner. This can be organised through the course.

Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA)

See the website http://www.brookes.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/pgcert-education-working-with-children-with-literacy-difficulties/

Why choose this course?

- This course has been specifically designed for those wishing to lead on work with children with literacy difficulties in primary and secondary schools and makes up the university component of Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA).

- The course is taught in collaboration with the Oxfordshire Local Authority and reflects a long standing and ongoing partnership with the authority and local practitioners.

- You will be able to network with other practitioners and and to have access to information about local jobs specialising in work with children with literacy difficulties.

- The School of Education at Oxford Brookes combines high quality teaching and significant research and consultancy activity.

- The school is a focal point for lively, informed debate on education through close partnership with local schools and colleges and our open seminar and lecture programmes.

Teaching and learning

The course takes place through lectures, seminars and workshops to support both the theoretical and practical elements of the course. This includes workshops that support the practical projects required in modules 2 and 3. For each module, the course contact time is typically:
- one whole day and five evenings (approx. 24 hours contact time)
- two online discussions (approx. six hours of contact time).

Approach to assessment

Each module is assessed by an essay / report of approximately 4,000 words. Assignments are based on work in your own professional context eg case studies of the assessment and intervention of two children. Assignment schedules are timed to meet the needs of busy practitioners.

How this course helps you develop

The course will develop your knowledge of working with children with literacy difficulties. As well as the input from course tutors the course is designed to enable you to network with other colleagues who have a wide range of experience of children with literacy difficulties and of managing literacy difficulties in schools.

Careers

The course is organised by Oxford Brookes in partnership with Oxfordshire Local Authority and meets the criteria for the taught elements of Associate Membership to the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA). The PGCert enables teachers to assess people for exam concessions and the AMBDA qualification is the leading quality standard for specialist work in the field.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.

Research highlights

Sustained excellence in research and publication has ensured that a significant proportion of staff from the school were entered for the governments Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 exercise in the Education Unit of Assessment (UoA 25). Almost 90% of our research outputs were deemed to be of international merit, with around a half judged as either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in terms of originality, rigour and significance. Contributions to the REF return were spread across all five of our research groups.

In relation to literacy difficulties, Georgina Glenny is currently running a project investigating the use of text-to-speech software to support reluctant writers in local primary and secondary schools. Students on the literacy difficulties course this year have been involved in helping with this study.

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MA Child and Adolescent Mental Health is for you if you’re working with, or intend to work with children or young people whose social and emotional development and functioning is affected adversely, or who risk being affected by mental health difficulties. Read more
MA Child and Adolescent Mental Health is for you if you’re working with, or intend to work with children or young people whose social and emotional development and functioning is affected adversely, or who risk being affected by mental health difficulties. Students who wish to study the Masters at the University may be a graduate and/or have significant relevant experience.

At the University of South Wales, you will broaden your understanding of the causation, presentation and implications of child and adolescent mental health difficulties, and social emotional and behavioural difficulties. You’ll develop the knowledge and skills to input where appropriate into interventions for individuals and groups with child and adolescent mental health difficulties and social emotional and behavioural difficulties (CAMHD/SEBD). Also to advise colleagues and parents on the formulation of appropriate strategies for working with children and young people with CAMHD/SEBD and to contribute to the development of appropriate policy and guidelines. You will explore the need for evidence based approaches and interventions which will promote children and young peoples’ mental health and social and emotional competencies.

The MA Child and Adolescent Mental Health encourages students to critically evaluate and reflect upon current theoretical perspectives in relation to child and adolescent mental health, and social emotional and behavioural difficulties (CAMHD/SEBD). The Masters also enables students to reflect on and contextualise current practice, and to make connections between theory and practice. In addition, the course encourages students to look critically at the research in relation to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Difficulties and Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1160-ma-child-and-adolescent-mental-health

What you study

You will take two compulsory modules:

- Child and Adolescent Mental Health - The module introduces students to definitions and concepts in the field of CAMH and the current structuring of CAMH Services in the United Kingdom. Sessions look in detail at particular Mental Health Difficulties, which include Attachment Difficulties, Emotional Difficulties, and Behavioural Difficulties. Particular study is made of gender and culture in relation to Mental Health Difficulties and these sessions include a focus on eating disorders, self-harm and trauma.

- Research Methodology - In common with all of the MA Education programmes, you must take the core module; Research Methodology.

Additional specialist modules can include:

- Managing and Supporting Children and Adolescents with SEN (CAMH/SEBD) - This module focuses on the theory that underpins practice in this area of work, and compliments the core module. The module looks at definitions and conceptual difficulties in relation to CAMH and SEBD, and then goes on to examine how theory impacts on interventions in different models (therapeutic, behaviourist and bio-psycho-social.

- Children’s Wellbeing - This module takes a broad view of Children’s wellbeing by exploring the concept of, and the challenges of, measuring wellbeing in addition to considering how wellbeing is addressed in Health, Education, Social Care, Youth Justice and by Non-Governmental Organisations. The module will also explore and evaluate a range of approaches to promoting Children’s wellbeing and an integral part of the lecture programme will be the use of Visiting Lecturers to illustrate examples of evidence-based practice.

- Working with Vulnerable Children - This module examines contemporary models of childhood and adolescence and introduces the concepts of vulnerability, risk and resilience. The module also considers the challenges of research and intervention with vulnerable groups.

Alternatively you can take one module from one of the other MA Education pathways. To complete the full MA you will present a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word research dissemination plan.

Learning and teaching methods

Each module is assessed via a written assignment of 5,000 words, which usually takes the form of an essay. Each course member is supported by a tutor who provides individual tutorials and guidance during the assignment writing process.

Assessment methods

To complete the full MA you will present a 17,000 word research dissertation and a 3,000 word research dissemination plan. If you wish to exit earlier, the Postgraduate Diploma is awarded to students who complete four modules which form the taught element.

Employment Prospects

A Masters degree is required for professional advancement in numerous occupations, and is widely seen as evidence of a successful commitment to high level professional development. An MA award demonstrates that you have developed advanced level skills in analysis, evaluation and research.

If you are 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 of South Wales.

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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. Read more
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 at least two years experience of working with students with SpLD and 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 as the appropriate training for completing Access Arrangements in Secondary Schools.

Those who have obtained the PG Diploma in Spld (AMBDA) are eligible to assess and diagnose dyslexia.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1280-postgraduate-diploma-sen-specific-learning-difficulties

What you study

To gain a Postgraduate Diploma SEN in SpLD you must pass four taught modules:

• Understanding Learning Difficulties and Disabilities which is taught on the campus or can be accessed via e-learning
• Specific Learning Difficulties
• Managing and Supporting Children and Young People with Specific Learning Difficulties
• Research Methodology

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 on-going 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.

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.

Assessment methods

The first module is assessed on the basis of a written assignment of 5,000 words (or equivalent).

The second module is assessed in two ways:
- For students seeking a professional award, the successful completion of 30 hours of teaching experience and assessment of relevant files (equivalent to 5,000 words)

- For other participants, one 5,000 word assignment, or the equivalent

Employment Prospects

Most students proceed to the MA dissertation, in order to achieve the award of MA SEN.

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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Develop your knowledge and skills of working with clients with developmental speech and literacy difficulties. This course is designed for speech and language therapists, and other professionals with a special interest in communication difficulties. Read more

About the course

Develop your knowledge and skills of working with clients with developmental speech and literacy difficulties. This course is designed for speech and language therapists, and other professionals with a special interest in communication difficulties. You can study part-time by distance learning or full-time.

Your career

Your masters will give you the skills and knowledge to make a difference. Our MMedSci course provides the necessary training to meet the requirements of the UK Health and Care Professions Council which is the accreditation body for UK speech and language therapy. Our other courses provide professional development training. They can also lead to careers in university teaching and research.

How we teach

We have a reputation for high quality research in the field of human communication and its disorders. That research informs our teaching. We offer professional training for students who are considering speech and language therapy as a career. If you’re interested in a research career, we can prepare you for a PhD.

We also run professional development courses for students already working in the field, so you can study alongside your current job. We have links with the NHS, special schools and specialist charities to ensure that what we teach you is in line with current developments in the field.

We work with other departments across the University including the School of Education, the Department of Psychology, the Department of Computer Science and the School of English Language and Linguistics.

Core modules

PGCert

Spoken and Written Language; Developing an Evidence-Based Practice; Speech Difficulties I: nature and investigation; Speech Difficulties II: intervention and management.

PGDip

Same four modules as for the PGCert; Research Methods; Two option modules.

MSc

Same four modules as for the PGCert; Spoken and Written Language; Developmental Speech Difficulties: Nature and Investigation; Developmental Speech Difficulties: Intervention and Management; Developing an Evidence Base for Practice; Research Methods; Two optional modules; Research Dissertation.

Examples of optional modules

Developmental Language and Communication Disorders (single or double option); Special Topics in Human Communication Sciences (two option modules); Cleft Palate (single or double option); Methods in Clinical Linguistics; Acquired Language Disorders; Acquired Speech Disorders.

Part-time students study online via distance learning plus optional attendance at the study blocks. Full-time students may also attend lectures, seminars and practical workshops offered in the department.

Assessment

Each module is assessed by a written assignment. Masters students are also assessed on their research dissertation.

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This leading programme in the field of dyslexia prepares teachers to critically evaluate and develop evidence-based practice to become specialist teachers and assessors of learners with literacy difficulties. Read more
This leading programme in the field of dyslexia prepares teachers to critically evaluate and develop evidence-based practice to become specialist teachers and assessors of learners with literacy difficulties. This programme is recognised by the British Dyslexia Association for Approved Teacher Status (ATS) and Associate Member of the BDA (AMBDA).

Degree information

Students will gain an understanding of how children typically develop literacy skills and how it might go wrong; how literacy difficulties can be identified and how to develop an individualised support programme. As part of this programme students will administer standardised tests (in their own educational setting) and teach (in similar settings) learners with literacy difficulties.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (150 credits) and a research report (30 credits). All modules are core to this qualification. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Assessment of SpLD (dyslexia)
-Evidence-based Practice SpLD (dyslexia)
-Research Design and Methodology
-Understanding SpLD (dyslexia)
-Research report

Research project/report
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a research report of 6,000 to 7,000 words.

Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered via face-to-face evening and daytime sessions at UCL Institute of Education. It is assessed by coursework assignments and recordings of administering assessments and teaching pupils with literacy difficulties, plus a research report of 6,000 to 7,000 words.

Fieldwork
Students will be required to work with children and young people up to the age of 16 years to demonstrate the core competencies of the programme.

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as specialist teachers of children with SpLD (dyslexia), while others have jobs as specialist teacher assessors; many combine both. Graduates can also be found working as headteachers, special educational needs co-ordinators, local authority advisors and research roles.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Primary School Special Educational Needs (SEN) Teacher, Galliard Primary School & Children's Centre
-Special Educational Needs School Teacher (Head of Keystage a, White Spire School
-Specialist Teacher, Special Education Needs (SEN), London Borough of Tower Hamle
-Literacy Consultant, London Borough of Camden
-Manager of Language and Learning Team, London Borough of Merton Council

Employability
Successful completion of the programme will allow students awarded the ATS to support learners with dyslexia (up to the age of 16 years), and with the AMBDA to undertake diagnostic assessments and support learners with dyslexia.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme is taught by a range of leading researchers and professionals in the field of dyslexia. It uniquely offers a rigorous academic programme combined with professional practice qualifications fully recognised by the British Dyslexia Association and UCL IOE, an internationally recognised university.

Critical engagement with current research and evidence-informed practice, supported by professionals and researchers, will enable the participant to reflect on their learning and enhance workplace practice.

Professional practice is supported by a team of AMBDA specialists. It will provide the understanding, knowledge and skills required to teach children and young people with literacy difficulties.

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The opportunity to combine an academic but practically oriented course alongside (on completion of the required professional practice). Read more
The opportunity to combine an academic but practically oriented course alongside (on completion of the required professional practice):

Gaining Approved Teacher Status (ATS) or Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA).
Applying for the Patoss Practising Assessor’s Certificate.
Bath Spa University offers a Professional Master’s Programme pathway in Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) / Dyslexia which focuses upon identification, assessment and practical support for learners of all ages with SpLD / Dyslexia.

Are you a teacher or teaching assistant who would like to develop specialist skills?
Do you have a minimum of two year's experience within an educational context and are you looking for a higher specialist qualification?
Does your work involve vulnerable learners?
Would you like to develop the skills to support learners with SPLD / Dyslexia?
Would you like the opportunity to apply to the British Dyslexia Association for their sought after Approved Teacher Status (ATS), Associate Membership (AMBDA) and Assessment Practising Certificate (APC)?
Would you like to be able to combine this with working towards a part or full-time PG Master’s Degree or PG Diploma?

Course structure

The course is offered in both full and part-time modes. It is normally one year duration in full-time mode or the master’s can be completed in up to six years in part-time mode.

The three SPLD/Dyslexia modules (TT7364, TT7365 and TT7369) comprise taught sessions and assessed projects.

Completion of the first 60 credit module on the course (TT7364 – Identifying and Supporting Learners with SpLD/Dyslexia) leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in SpLD/Dyslexia, and subsequent completion of the 30 credit second module (TT7365 – Assessment Methodology for SpLD/Dyslexia) alongside the taught module (TT7369 – Identifying and Overcoming Maths Difficulties) or a 30 credit Independent study, leads to the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in SpLD/Dyslexia. Successful completion of modules TT7364 and TT7365 alongside successful submission of research training (PR7101 and PR7102) and a Dissertation (PR7120) in the final part of the course will lead to the award of a Master's in SpLD/Dyslexia.

The course combines theory and practice through workshops, case studies, research, analysis, assignments and the justification of your professional practice and experience through the application and evaluation of research.

Modules

The MA in SPLD/Dyslexia focuses upon identification, assessment and practical support for learners of all ages with SpLD/Dyslexia. The modules can combine direct academic teaching and study at master’s level at the University to obtain the academci awards of PG Cert/Dip or Masters in SpLD/Dyslexia with the optional development of practical competence required to obtain AMBDA accreditation from the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) through professional practice supervised by expert tutors.

Alongside research training modules (PR7101 and PR7102; 30 credits) and a supervised dissertation (PR7120: 60 credits), the full time programme includes:

Identifying and Supporting Learners with SpLD / Dyslexia (TT7364):
The first phase of the pathway provides 60 M-level credits on submission of the academic assignments. It develops the ability to carry out assessments to compile an individual learning profile to underpin the development and teaching of individualised programmes for learners with SpLD/Dyslexia across a range of contexts. Methods and strategies to develop the inclusive practices which can support learners across the curriculum are also explored. The module consists of two master’s level units of 30 M level credits, each, amounting to 60 hours face to face tuition, assignments plus a commitment to independent study time. The total of twenty 3 hour sessions (60 hours) will run as twilight sessions on Tuesdays from 5-8pm at the Newton Park campus.
Semester One – October to December 2012 – will focus upon the identification of the learning differences underpinning SpLD / Dyslexia and their impact upon the development of literacy.
Semester Two – January to March 2013 - will focus upon the experience and evaluation of programmes and methodologies to support the development of literacy and cross curricular study skills for learners with dyslexia.

Assessment Methodology for SpLD / Dyslexia (TT7365):
This module will develop the ability to undertake full diagnostic assessments for dyslexia to inform programmes and appropriate support, such as Examination Access Arrangements. This module comprises 36 hours face to face tuition, professional practice based assignments, plus a commitment to private study. It is likely to be delivered through three full day workshops (two Saturdays and one weekday TBC) and seven twilight sessions on Tuesdays between October 2012 and January 2013. Places on this module are strictly limited for 2012-13. Submission of the (optional) professional practice portfolio alongside academic practice-based assignments will obtain dual accreditation enabling suitably qualified teachers and speech and language therapist professionals to gain the sought after BDA Approved Teacher Status (ATS), on completion of TT7364, or AMBDA (TT7365). Tutor support for the portfolio will cost £360 for each of the two modules (Total £720).

Identifying and Overcoming Maths difficulties
TT7369-30: The focus is upon developing an understanding of the difficulties faced by primary or secondary students with SpLD/dyslexia or dyscalculia when learning mathematics and how to help students overcome these challenges. It will be led by Julie Kay an international expert in maths and dyslexia. You will use observation, discussion, standardised and informal testing, along with the research of other professionals to identify the difficulties and develop the skills and strategies needed to overcome them using a multi-sensory approach. You will be helped to select suitable written and concrete materials to be used when teaching pupils with these learning profiles. You will learn to develop, deliver and evaluate individualised structured, multi-sensory numeracy programmes based upon interpretation of assessment data.

Course assessment

There are no written exams and each module is assessed by coursework. This typically involves 5,000 words for a 30 credit module. The dissertation is 15,000–20,000 words and worth 60 credits. It focuses on an area linked with SpLD/dyslexia mutually agreed with a specialist tutor who also offers guidance and support in the writing of the dissertation. To achieve the award you will need 180 credits in total.

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This Literacy Learning and Literacy Difficulties MA will provide students with a deeper understanding of the processes involved in learning to read, write and spell, the sources of difficulties, and approaches to intervention. Read more
This Literacy Learning and Literacy Difficulties MA will provide students with a deeper understanding of the processes involved in learning to read, write and spell, the sources of difficulties, and approaches to intervention.

Degree information

This programme provides students with the opportunity to draw on the strengths of a team with research expertise in literacy and experience in evaluating early literacy interventions. They will also investigate literacy acquisition and problems in depth, covering reading, writing and spelling.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three core modules (90 credits), one optional module (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules:
-Research Methods in Literacy and Literary Development
-Literacy Development
-Literacy Practice in Writing and Comprehension

Optional modules
-Reading and Spelling Difficulties
-Students choose one or two optional Master's level modules from across the UCL IOE offering.

Dissertation/report
All students submit a 20,000-word dissertation (60 credits).

Teaching and learning
Sessions for all modules are offered face-to-face in the evenings, supplemented by online discussion and reading. Dissertation/report group sessions are also delivered in the evening and are supplemented by one-to-one supervision. All 30 credit modules are assessed via the equivalent of a 4,000-word assignment.

Careers

Graduates of this programme are currently working across a broad range of areas. Some are working as literacy co-ordinators and special educational needs co-ordinators, while others have jobs as literacy advisers and specialists. Graduates can also be found working as teachers and as independent literacy intervention tutors.

Top career destinations for this degree:
-Primary School Acting Deputy Head Teacher, Peterborough City Council
-Primary School Class Teacher (Year 5), Belmore Primary Academy
-Primary School Class Teacher, Sacred Heart Catholic Voluntary Academy
-Special Education Deputy Head Teacher, The Collett School

Employability
Students learn to diagnose a range of literacy difficulties and then to be able to consider appropriate interventions for those struggling with their reading and/or writing. Those graduating from the programme usually enhance their career prospects and can demonstrate a deeper understanding of literacy learning and supporting struggling readers and writers. Graduates usually move into coordinator/literacy management roles.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Department of Learning and Leadership at UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has developed an internationally-recognised reputation for early childhood and pre-school and primary education studies.

The department has a vibrant teaching programme and offers a range of enriching events including research seminars and conferences in the field of early childhood and primary education.

In all its work, the department is strongly committed to working in partnership with government agencies, education authorities, schools, early years and community groups and other departments within the IOE.

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The Language, Literacies and Dyslexia programme, is aimed at teachers, speech and language therapists and other professionals working with children, young people and students in further and higher education at pre-16 and FE/HE education levels who have difficulties with learning literacy skills. Read more
The Language, Literacies and Dyslexia programme, is aimed at teachers, speech and language therapists and other professionals working with children, young people and students in further and higher education at pre-16 and FE/HE education levels who have difficulties with learning literacy skills.

This distance learning masters level programme is essential for practitioners seeking to become specialist practitioners, employable to assess and teach learners with dyslexia and literacy difficulties of school age or in further/higher education. Successful completion of modules 1-3 which meet the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) criteria in practical assessments, allows students to apply for the BDA professional qualification.

The University of Birmingham offers three awards at masters level.

Postgraduate Certificate (3 modules, 12 months of part-time study, Sept – end of August)
Postgraduate Diploma (6 modules, 24 months part-time study, Sept – August)
MEd (6 modules+ dissertation, 36 months part-time study, Sept – August)
You can register for the first year’s study and half way through the year you will be invited to consider if you to wish extend your registration to a further award.

The programme provides a broad and critical perspective of language literacies and literacy difficulties/dyslexia through sociocultural and cognitive research, as well as education policies. It embraces school and further educational demands of literacy skills, the demands of family and social literacy practices, and peer demands of new literacies, such as digital literacies. The programme establishes the fundamental relationship between language and literacy in typical and atypical development. Students study literacy difficulties/dyslexia in contexts of monolingual, multilingual and multimodal (eg digital literacies).

Studying at a distance means you can work from anywhere, such as in your home or workplace in the UK or overseas. All your studies will be in English and it is a requirement that you practice in an educational context of monolingual or additional English (EAL/ESL/EFL). Reference would be made to contexts that are multilingual and multimodal.

Specialist professional practice in dyslexia/specific learning difficulties

All students follow the same programme and module requirements for study and assessment that develop knowledge and practice in specialist assessment and teaching for learners with literacy needs and difficulties.

Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) award, meets the specialist professional practice competencies required by the Joint Qualifications Council UK, and the British Dyslexia Association’s AMBDA accreditation, in diagnostic assessment, and intervention/ specialist teaching with learners with literacy difficulties/ specific learning difficulties at school and FE/HE levels of provision.

The PGCert award allows practitioners, who wish, to apply for the BDA’s accreditation (ATS/APS, AMBDA, AMBDA FE/HE) depending on their professional qualification – please visit the BDA website http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk for further information.

The Department of Disability Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) in the School of Education, has a very strong profile in professional development, regionally, nationally and internationally. The tutors who run this programme have strong national and international profiles in the field of research and practice in language and literacy difficulties and dyslexia. The department also runs a number of other courses in special education which may interest you.

About the School of Education

The School of Education has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy. It is an international leader in education with a history of top rated research. In the 2016 QS World Rankings, it was ranked 28th in the World and joint 7th in Europe/UK.
The School employs over 100 academic staff who teach more than 2,500 students. It is home to a number of departments and research centres with a history of top rated research and is an international leader in education.
School of Education ranking:
- Ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Tables 2017
- Ranked 10th in the 2017 Complete University Guide
- In Top 3 for HEI provision in the Good Teacher Training Guide
- Ranked 28th in the World in the 2016 QS World Rankings
- Ranked 9th overall for Research in the 2014 REF (with more than 82% of research rated as ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) or ‘world leading’ (4*).
- Rated 'outstanding' in latest Ofsted inspection (2013) for its Teacher Training programmes
- Ranked third for Education in The Times Good University Guide 2017

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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This distance learning programme in Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD) aims to develop professional practice in educational settings. Read more
This distance learning programme in Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD) aims to develop professional practice in educational settings. If you work with children and young people who exhibit challenging behaviour, disaffection and disengagement with schooling, then it will be relevant to you.

Awards:

Adcert/PGCert Modules 1-3
BPhil Modules 1 - 4
PGDip/MEd Modules 1 - 5

Professional Development is increasingly important in the career development of all professionals within Education and Children’s Services in general. This distance education course will provide you with an increased knowledge/and understanding of Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (SEBD) and it is particularly suited to teachers, care workers, mentors, youth workers and learning support assistants working in primary, secondary, further education and specialist settings.

The programme uses the National College for Teaching and Leadership competencies for core and expert standards for working with pupils experiencing social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD). From these standards the programme provides a wider context for knowledge and understanding of SEBD, the development of skills and expertise in meeting these pupils’ needs, and professional experience upon which to promote good practice.

SEBD Core Modules

SEBD Identification, Assessment and Provision
SEBD Strategies, Interventions and Approaches
Improving Classroom Achievement
Developmental Psychology for Childhood and Adolescence
Issues in the Education of Pupils Identified as having ADHD
Those completing the PGDip do a school based study in term 6, those completing a BPhil complete a dissertation and those following an MEd complete a research module in preparation for their dissertation.

About the School of Education

The School of Education has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy. It is an international leader in education with a history of top rated research. In the 2016 QS World Rankings, it was ranked 28th in the World and joint 7th in Europe/UK.
The School employs over 100 academic staff who teach more than 2,500 students. It is home to a number of departments and research centres with a history of top rated research and is an international leader in education.
School of Education ranking:
- Ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Tables 2017
- Ranked 10th in the 2017 Complete University Guide
- In Top 3 for HEI provision in the Good Teacher Training Guide
- Ranked 28th in the World in the 2016 QS World Rankings
- Ranked 9th overall for Research in the 2014 REF (with more than 82% of research rated as ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) or ‘world leading’ (4*).
- Rated 'outstanding' in latest Ofsted inspection (2013) for its Teacher Training programmes
- Ranked third for Education in The Times Good University Guide 2017

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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The Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties blended learning programme which is a combination of campus face-to-face sessions and online education. Read more
The Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties blended learning programme which is a combination of campus face-to-face sessions and online education. Each module contains a 3 day campus study course and during the study weekends and the study days you will have the chance to be taught by academics from the University of Birmingham and other institutions as well as frontline practitioners and well-know training providers such as Peter Imray and Dave Hewett (Find out more in the Learning and Teaching section).

The programme aims to:

enable participants to study systematically, critically and in-depth, aspects of educating children and adults with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties that are relevant to their own practice
provide the support needed for participants to analyse critically and improve their own theory and practice with children and adults with severe, profound and multple learning difficulties
encourage participants to evaluate critically and develop their collaborative work across disciplines and agencies
facilitate participants in developing rigorous evidence-based practice
As the programme is designed for a range of practitioners, it is hoped that participants from different agencies or disciplines who work with the same learners will come on the course together (and thus improve their working together). If you are thinking of studying on the course, invite a colleague to study with you!

About the School of Education

The School of Education has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy. It is an international leader in education with a history of top rated research. In the 2016 QS World Rankings, it was ranked 28th in the World and joint 7th in Europe/UK.
The School employs over 100 academic staff who teach more than 2,500 students. It is home to a number of departments and research centres with a history of top rated research and is an international leader in education.
School of Education ranking:
- Ranked 6th in the Guardian University League Tables 2017
- Ranked 10th in the 2017 Complete University Guide
- In Top 3 for HEI provision in the Good Teacher Training Guide
- Ranked 28th in the World in the 2016 QS World Rankings
- Ranked 9th overall for Research in the 2014 REF (with more than 82% of research rated as ‘internationally excellent’ (3*) or ‘world leading’ (4*).
- Rated 'outstanding' in latest Ofsted inspection (2013) for its Teacher Training programmes
- Ranked third for Education in The Times Good University Guide 2017

Funding and Scholarships

There are many ways to finance your postgraduate study at the University of Birmingham. To see what funding and scholarships are available, please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Open Days

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open days.
Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

Virtual Open Days

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

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We are a key provider in this field with over 20 years experience. These are nationally recognised qualifications designed for teachers of children and young adults who are experiencing specific learning difficulties in literacy. Read more
We are a key provider in this field with over 20 years experience.

These are nationally recognised qualifications designed for teachers of children and young adults who are experiencing specific learning difficulties in literacy. They are accredited by the British Dyslexia Association* at Approved Teacher Status (ATS) level or Approved Practitioner Status (APS) in year 1 and Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) in year 2. Exit awards are available at the end of year 1 (PG Cert SpLD) and year 2 (PG Dip SpLD) for those not wishing to take the full master’s degree.

Courses are principally designed to enable classroom practitioners gain a high level of knowledge and skill so that they can expertly meet the needs of learners with specific learning difficulties (SpLDs).

There is a supervised teaching practice consisting of 20 hours one-to-one teaching in year 1 and a further 10 hours in year 2 in order to meet BDA requirements. There is an additional, mandatory fee of £325 per study year for this which covers the observation and assessment of two one hour lessons, two individual tutorials with AMBDA tutors, and support with report writing and lesson planning via feedback on drafts.

Special Features

• The Postgraduate Certificate leads to Approved Teacher Status (ATS) or Approved Practitioner Status (APS) for those without QTS of
the British Dyslexia Association and the Postgraduate Diploma leads to AMBDA (Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia
Association).
• Those who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma are eligible to apply for a Patoss Assessment Practising Certificate or
BDA Assessment Practising Certificate.

http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/quality-mark-and-accreditation/professional-membership-accreditation.html

• Our programme is led by highly qualified tutors with specialist experience who have close links to our Education and Social
Research Institute. The programme leader has co-authored the two core texts on dyslexia which have been adopted by several
universities and dyslexia providers, both nationally and internationally.

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For a variety of reasons some learners have specific support needs. This programme will help you to identify these needs, by introducing you to the many types of specific learning difficulties, and will develop your skills in selecting learning and teaching approaches that will ensure effective support. Read more

Programme description

For a variety of reasons some learners have specific support needs. This programme will help you to identify these needs, by introducing you to the many types of specific learning difficulties, and will develop your skills in selecting learning and teaching approaches that will ensure effective support.

Our Additional Support for Learning programmes are designed to meet the needs of practising teachers and other professionals.

This programme covers ways in which learning difficulties can manifest themselves, sometimes simultaneously.

You will examine approaches to supporting people with disabilities, such as curriculum adaptations and classroom accommodations and gain the confidence to apply them in practical settings.

Programme structure

Your learning will be in the form of lectures, seminars, small-group discussions and skill-development sessions.

Most courses are offered in e-learning or blended learning format, combining on-campus and online study.

All the courses are studied part time, and you can select individual courses for your CPD needs, complete 60 credits for a Postgraduate Certificate, or complete 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma.

Career opportunities

The skills you gain with this qualification will enhance your confidence and ability to take on a wider range of roles in this area of teaching. You may also choose to continue on to an advanced research degree, e.g. an MEd or EdD.

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The Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) course is designed for mainstream teachers or those working in an educational setting (including practitioners with a particular responsibility for supporting children, young people and adults with dyslexia) who wish to deepen their understanding of dyslexia and link this learning to the School Improvement Plan. Read more
The Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) course is designed for mainstream teachers or those working in an educational setting (including practitioners with a particular responsibility for supporting children, young people and adults with dyslexia) who wish to deepen their understanding of dyslexia and link this learning to the School Improvement Plan.

A flexible framework combines academic study with work-based action learning and action research, where your day-to-day professional activity informs your development through reflection and peer discussion.

The PGCert is a stand-alone qualification and counts as one-third of a masters degree.

The course is accredited by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) and qualifies students to apply for Approved Teacher Status (ATS) or Approved Professional Status (APS) as long as they have completed two years (or equivalent) as a teacher or educational professional by the end of the course.

The programme is arranged to fit in with your working patterns and usually include twilight and Saturday sessions.

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MA Special Educational Needs (SEN) is for people working with children or young people whose development is affected adversely by difficulties in learning or by behaviour. Read more
MA Special Educational Needs (SEN) is for people working with children or young people whose development is affected adversely by difficulties in learning or by behaviour.

The MA SEN course will be highly beneficial if you’re a teacher from a primary, secondary or special school, or a lecturer from a further education or higher education setting. Also if you are a social worker or police officer, or if you work with young offenders or other caring professions.

Studying the MA SEN, you will enhance your knowledge of the key issues related to special educational needs, and will develop your professional awareness of this area. You’ll experience a course that caters for both academic and practitioner driven interest in special educational needs.

There is a wide range of specialist modules to choose from, providing the opportunity to have a postgraduate course specifically tailored to meet your individual professional needs. MA SEN is also compatible with the TTA SENCo standards, and has been designed to provide continuous professional, academic and personal development.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/1237-ma-special-educational-needs-sen

What you study

You will study the specialist core module, Understanding Learning Difficulties/Disabilities.
On completing this module, you will be expected to make a decision to specialise in a particular subject area. You will select two optional modules from the MA Special Educational Needs programme. Examples of modules include:

- Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties - This specialist module relates to the increasing numbers of children and adolescents with problems in understanding (because of poor receptive skills) and in being understood (because of poor expressive skills).

- Specific Learning Difficulties - Focuses not only upon specific difficulties in literacy and numeracy, but addresses the wider spectrum of potentially associated conditions eg Dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome.

- Child and Adolescent Mental Health - This focuses on the causation, presentation and implications of mental health difficulties in children and young people.

- Supporting Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - This is an introduction to ASD module in which you will examine a wide range of strategies that can be used to support children with ASD.

Awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level (after completion of two taught modules) and Postgraduate Diploma level (after completion of four taught modules).

- Dissertation
To complete the full MA SEN you go on to study a specific SEN topic that you are interested in and complete a 17,000 word dissertation.

An MA award demonstrates that you have developed advanced level skills in analysis, evaluation and research. If you are interested in the possibility of gaining a higher degree by research, your tutors will be pleased to discuss the opportunities at the University of South Wales.

Assessment methods

Modules are normally assessed by a written assignment of 5,000 words.

Work and Study Placements

Those who undertake the SpLD modules, with a view to gaining accreditation from the British Dyslexia Association, will undertake a specialist teaching practice. For other students, there may be opportunities to link with specialist settings on a voluntary basis.

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