The course begins with a discussion about how the term ‘inclusion’ can be interpreted. You will then explore policies and philosophies of inclusion in both special educational needs and special provision, as well as to theories of social justice and equality in education. This course is for practitioners working in a range of settings, from early years to higher education. It is aimed at qualified teachers, teaching assistants and SENCOs, as well as disability advisers and those in student support settings. The key focus is dyslexia, although the curriculum will also touch on disorders such as autism, ADHD and dyspraxia.Learning is tailored to students who are also in employment, and is delivered by staff who understand the needs of part-time learners. Our experienced teaching staff have specialisms and are research-active, which means your learning will be underpinned by the latest research and analysis. There is a great emphasis on critical thinking and you will be encouraged to question and think independently in order to come up with solutions to support students with specific learning difficulties. You will be encouraged to bring your own professional experiences to discussions, to enrich the learning experience for all students. We are currently working with the British Dyslexia Association towards AMBDA accreditation for this course.
The programme comprises two modules that will enhance the knowledge and skills of practitioners in meeting the needs of learners with specific learning difficulties (SpLD):
Assessment is 100% through coursework. This part-time course is not available to international students.
If British Dyslexia Association, AMBDA accreditation is achieved for this course, the assessment will also include an element of observed specialist teaching.
Develop knowledge of specific learning difficulties with a focus on dyslexia.
This course is moulded to meet the needs of students who are working whilst studying.
The curriculum is delivered by experienced teaching staff with specialisms and who are research-active. This means your learning will be underpinned by the latest research and analysis.
If you work with children with developmental disorders in education, health, psychology or social services or even if you’re a parent with appropriate qualifications, this programme will give you an insight into these complex disorders and how to support the children who have them.
You’ll focus on four major development disorders in children: Dyslexia, Developmental Coordination Disorder (often known as Dyspraxia), Attention Deficit Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. You’ll consider the evidence regarding the nature, diagnosis, assessment and intervention of each disorder – including the controversies that surround them – guided by leading researchers in the field.
We don’t promote any particular method of assessment or management. Instead, we look at the available evidence in education, health or the home, and allow you to focus on the models that relate to your own context.
You’ll be taught by members of the Childhood and Youth Academic Group, which has a long-established, international reputation for research in developmental disorders. The course distils the expertise within the team and draws on research that we have conducted, funded by agencies such as the ESRC, Action Medical Research, and private and charitable UK organisations that work with children with these disorders.
We offer students a vibrant intellectual and academic experience. Not only will you benefit from weekly research-led teaching, but you’ll have the chance to attend seminars with leading academics, hosted by the School of Education or other departments.
You can use the credits gained from this programme towards MA Special Educational Needs, meaning you’ll need to take fewer modules to achieve that qualification.
You’ll take a single module in each semester, allowing you to focus on individual developmental disorders in depth.
You’ll consider the concept, nature and characteristics of Dyslexia, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
In addition, you’ll take a critical approach to understanding how each disorder is assessed and identified. In addition, you’ll consider how they’re managed in different contexts, allowing you to focus on the environments that are most relevant to your professional or personal interests.
Your study two compulsory modules:
This programme is taught in evening sessions. Each module will include twelve lectures lasting two hours each. Weekly taught sessions will include lectures, discussions and group tasks so you can share knowledge and experiences with your fellow students and tutor. If you need to discuss aspects of your studies individually, the course tutor is available for one-to-one tutorials.
There are no exams on this programme, and modules are assessed by coursework only. You’ll complete a 6,000 word essay for each module to demonstrate your understanding of the topics under study.
This PGCert progamme enables people within a range of professions such as health, education and social services to progress within their chosen professional field. This programme could improve your career prospects if you intend to work with children with Special Educational Needs in any context.
Many of our students choose to build on the knowledge and skills gained through the PGCert by progressing to the MA Special Educational Needs, which may be even more beneficial to your career. You can carry the credits you’ve gained on the PGCert forward to the MA programme.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.