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MA/PgDip/PgCert Specific Learning Difficulties

Course Description

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
• Those who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma are eligible to apply for a Patoss Assessment Practising Certificate or
BDA Assessment Practising Certificate.


• 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.

Visit the MA/PgDip/PgCert Specific Learning Difficulties page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally need: A UK honours degree or international equivalent. Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)A minimum of two year’s teaching experience. Up to 60 credits can be claimed by teachers who have already undertaken a postgraduate award in Specific Learning Difficulties that is BDA accredited at Approved Teacher Status (ATS) level.

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