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    Part-time: 1 year or flexible distributed learning

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    15 February 2018

Course content

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 Saturday sessions.

Areas of study

This course will focus on the following areas of study:

  • developing knowledge of the theoretical basis of contemporary approaches to dyslexia
  • the identification, assessment and practical support for learners with dyslexia
  • creating and delivering specialist intervention programmes and developing dyslexia friendly environments.
  • the application of learning to practice and evaluation of impact on yourself, your learners or others affected by your study.

This will enable you, as a practitioner, to:

  • extend and enhance your current practice
  • gain knowledge of current thinking in the understanding of dyslexia
  • develop frameworks for understanding the range of issues surrounding working with learners with dyslexia
  • increase your confidence and effectiveness in supporting learners with dyslexia
  • learn how to implement change in a range of policy contexts.

Course structure 

This postgraduate certificate is a one-year part-time programme comprising three 20-credit modules.

Module 1 focuses on developing criticality in thinking and approaches to learning in the context of dyslexia.

Module 2 provides students with an understanding of how dyslexia is identified and of effective pedagogy for learners with dyslexia in the context of inclusive practice. Students consider the practical application of this learning to their own context and are expected to deliver 10 hours specialist teaching 1:1 with a learner with dyslexia.

Module 3 embeds and develops specialist knowledge, skills and practice while considering the wider issues and debates around inclusion of learners with dyslexia. Teachers will develop a further teaching programme and teach a series of 10 lessons to an individual learner or two learners who are part of a small group.

Students will be expected to deliver 20 hours of evaluated specialist teaching. 

The Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) PGCert is based at our Falmer campus. It can also be offered off site to your school or organisation, or delivered as a bespoke programme for a cluster of schools. 

Careers and employability

Our PGCerts are designed to support your career progression, increase your subject knowledge and help you to make a direct difference to your school and students.

Graduates of the course are well placed to take on subject development and leadership positions.

Visit the Specific Learning Difficulties: Dyslexia (PGCert) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!




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