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PgCert Psychology of Reading Development

Course Description


This course runs once a year from January.

Reading is a vital part of childhood that has important implications for the development of cognitive processes. This course is suitable for anyone who is interested in improving their understanding of how children learn to read, and why some individuals struggle with written language tasks.


Only 60 credits – preferable to undertaking a full masters for individuals who are in full time employment,
study can be spread over three years to keep workload manageable,
contains useful, practical skills as well as theoretical aspects,
understand the processes involved in learning to read,
get to grips with techniques for teaching reading,
open up a world of possibilities for people learning to read.


The course comprises three modules that review theories of reading development, written language difficulties and the assessment of reading and spelling skills.

The course is particularly suitable for teachers or teaching assistants - both primary and secondary levels, psychology graduates interested in educational psychology or child development, or lecturers at FE or HE level who want to understand how to support students who experience dyslexia.

Visit the PgCert Psychology of Reading Development page on the Coventry University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Admission to the course requires a level of knowledge and understanding that is usually obtained from eitherAn undergraduate honours degree.orBy the applicant holding current qualified teacher status.Applicants should normally demonstrate at least a 2:1 honours in their undergraduate degree, or a pass at PGCE, but applicants with a lower second class honours degree may be admitted onto the course if they have evidence of practical classroom experience or psychometric test development.Applicants for whom English is not their first language must also be able to demonstrate IETLS 6.5.

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