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Supporting Older Children and Young People with Dyslexia / SpLDs MA

Course Description

This course is specially designed for those working, or who intend to work, with children and young people over 11 years old who may have specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) linked to dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD, or Asperger Syndrome and who may perhaps also be experiencing behavioural and emotional issues.

It will help you understand and explore their educational challenges and needs for support, within a rigorous framework of scholarship and practical placements, enabling you to make informed positive changes which are learner-centred.

Accreditation is currently being sought from the British Dyslexia Association.

Careers linked to this qualification include teaching, Special Educational Needs Co-ordination (SENCO), social work, working with excluded youth and young offenders, and psychology, but it is also relevant to those undertaking applied research, looking for a change in career, and for those who are parents or carers.


You will be assessed through a combination of practical placements and written critical reflections on practice within a practice-based portfolio, observations and review of practice, case-study project (practice-based) and an assessed oral presentation, academic project, MA Dissertation.

Professional accreditation

Accreditation is currently being sought from the British Dyslexia Association, to provide appropriate professional qualifications in working with older children and young people with Dyslexia / SpLDs.

After the course

The MA provides both initial and continuing professional development (CPD) in the area of supporting older children and young people in a variety of learning contexts, with a strong inter-professional base and high-quality, learner-focused approaches and strategies to remove barriers and facilitate the full potential of the learner.

There is wide demand for informed and learner-centred solutions, approaches and strategies to support young people and older children with one or more SpLDs (including dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, and Asperger Syndrome) in a range of careers and roles involving working with this age group – in schools, special needs support settings, childrens’ organisations, young offenders institutions, and exclusion units.

Why London Met?

At London Metropolitan University, we place students at the centre of everything we do. We are proud of our vibrant, multicultural and socially diverse community, and welcome applicants regardless of age or background. We offer most of our courses on both a full- and part-time basis, in order to best meet your needs.

The University also has a strong culture of research. Over two thirds of the research we submitted to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise was judged to be “internationally recognised”, “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. Many of these expert researchers will be leading your lectures, as will employers and professionals with extensive real-world experience. They will be supported by an excellent network of guest speakers and mentors from the industry, making sure you get the best possible guidance.

Support from London Met

If this course is for you, please make sure you also take a look at key resources for postgraduate students on our website:

Postgraduate open days: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/events/postgraduate-open-days/
Applying for a postgraduate course: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/postgraduate/
Funding support for postgraduate students: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/applying/funding-your-studies/

Visit the Supporting Older Children and Young People with Dyslexia / SpLDs MA page on the London Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will be required to have: a first degree from a UK university (or equivalent), a full current DBS check (you will be required to undertake this prior to enrolling on the course). Mature applicants (over 21) who do not meet the standard entry requirements are welcome to apply.

Course Fees

Fees vary by start point, please refer to the London Met website for accurate information.

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