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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. Read more

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.

Modules

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):

  • Identifying and Supporting Learners with SpLD (this includes the identification of SpLD, theories of causation, the impact of SpLD on the acquisition of literacy skills, the emotional wellbeing and resilience of learners with SpLD, an exploration of SpLD within the new SEN Framework, and consideration of conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, autism and SLCN).
  • SpLD Intervention and Teaching (this includes inclusive pedagogy for learners in mainstream classes, strategies and interventions for personalised provision, learner assessment skills, and one-to-one teaching practice with a learner with SpLD in an educational setting).

Study style

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.

Key focus on specific learning difficulties

Develop knowledge of specific learning difficulties with a focus on dyslexia.

Developed for students who are employed

This course is moulded to meet the needs of students who are working whilst studying.

Experienced, research-active teaching staff

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.



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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. Read more

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.

Research insight

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.

Exemptions

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.

Course content

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.

Course structure

Your study two compulsory modules:

  • Developmental Disorders I: Dyslexia and Developmental Coordination Disorder 30 credits
  • Developmental Disorders II: Attention Deficit Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorder 30 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Provision for Children with Developmental Disorders PGCert in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

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.

Assessment

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.

Career opportunities

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.

Careers support

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.



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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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