Applicants for PgDip/PgCert STEM (Maths Specialist Teacher) please visit our course profile for more information on the programme.
Our PgDip in Specific Learning Difficulties (Further and Higher Education) is a nationally recognised qualification designed for classroom practitioners looking to gain a high level of knowledge and skill in order to expertly meet the needs of post-16 students and adults with specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) in reading, writing and spelling.
The course is designed to help you to appreciate the problems experienced by learners/students with SpLD; examine the debates which take place about the nature and causes of such learning difficulties and the controversies about the form of education provision required.
Additionally, this course will be of particular interest to those wishing to specialise in the field of dyslexia.
The emphasis in Years 1 and 2 is on practical skills. Whilst taking the course you will be required to assess and teach students experiencing specific learning difficulties in your own workplace. In Year 1 you must assess one student, and teach for at least one hour a week for 20 weeks. Attendance normally for the Postgraduate Certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties (schools and FE/HE) is 90% in order to enable the students to meet the professional requirements for BDA accreditation.
In Year 2 you must assess another two students (one for access arrangements and one for DSA) and teach for at least one hour a week for 10 weeks. This supervised practice of teaching will enable you to meet British Dyslexia Association requirements. The BDA stipulate that the great majority of this teaching must be one-to-one, though a small amount of group work is permitted.
It will also further your skills in assessing the abilities and difficulties of adults; teach you how to write assessment reports for a range of purposes, audiences and individuals, and further your competence in devising appropriate intervention strategies. In addition, you will develop skills in teaching using a structured, multi-sensory approach; develop confidence in advising and supporting learners and other teachers and develop your ability to deliver support with study skills with learners in continuing and higher education.
This course is designed to help you to:
Appreciate the problems experienced by learners/students with SpLD
Examine the debates which take place about the nature and causes of such learning difficulties and the controversies about the form of support required
Further your skills in assessing the abilities and difficulties of individual children or adults
Write assessment reports for a range of purposes, audiences and individuals
Further your competence in devising appropriate intervention strategies
Develop skills in teaching, using a structured, multi-sensory approach
Develop confidence in advising and supporting learners, colleagues and other professionals
Develop your ability to deliver support with study skills with learners in continuing and higher education
. The Postgraduate Certificate leads to Approved Teacher Status (ATS) of the British Dyslexia Association and the Postgraduate Diploma leads to AMBDA (Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association)
. Those who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma are eligible to apply for a Patoss Assessment Practising Certificate or BDA Assessment Practising Certificate
Applicants will normally need to:Have a UK honours degree (or international equivalent) and appropriate experience / professional qualificationsHave Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)Have a minimum of two year’s teaching experience in continuing and higher education.Up to 60 credits can be claimed by teachers who have already undertaken a post graduate award in Specific Learning Difficulties that is BDA accredited at Approved Teacher Status (ATS) level.The Institute of Education offers students who gain awards through the Professional Development Programme the opportunity to continue their studies to Doctoral level at the Education and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
UK and EU students part-time £700 per 30 credit unit. There is also a fee of £240 associated with BDA Accreditation.