Specific Learning Difficulties (Postgraduate Certificate)

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Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Explore policies, and pedagogies in relation to identifying and supporting learners with specific learning difficulties (SpLD)

Recruiting now for January 2018 entry

The course begins with a discussion about how the term ‘inclusion’ can be interpreted. You will then explore policies and philosophies of inclusion in both special educational needs and special provision, as well as to theories of social justice and equality in education. This course is for practitioners working in a range of settings, from early years to higher education. It is aimed at qualified teachers, teaching assistants and SENCOs, as well as disability advisers and those in student support settings. The key focus is dyslexia, although the curriculum will also touch on disorders such as autism, ADHD and dyspraxia.

Learning is tailored to students who are also in employment, and is delivered by staff who understand the needs of part-time learners. Our experienced teaching staff have specialisms and are research-active, which means your learning will be underpinned by the latest research and analysis. There is a great emphasis on critical thinking and you will be encouraged to question and think independently in order to come up with solutions to support students with specific learning difficulties. You will be encouraged to bring your own professional experiences to discussions, to enrich the learning experience for all students. We are currently working with the British Dyslexia Association towards AMBDA accreditation for this course.


The programme comprises two modules that will enhance the knowledge and skills of practitioners in meeting the needs of learners with specific learning difficulties (SpLD):

  • Identifying and Supporting Learners with SpLD (this includes the identification of SpLD, theories of causation, the impact of SpLD on the acquisition of literacy skills, the emotional wellbeing and resilience of learners with SpLD, an exploration of SpLD within the new SEN Framework, and consideration of conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, autism and SLCN).
  • SpLD Intervention and Teaching (this includes inclusive pedagogy for learners in mainstream classes, strategies and interventions for personalised provision, learner assessment skills, and one-to-one teaching practice with a learner with SpLD in an educational setting).

Study style

Assessment is 100% through coursework. This part-time course is not available to international students.
If British Dyslexia Association, AMBDA accreditation is achieved for this course, the assessment will also include an element of observed specialist teaching.

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject
  • A relevant postgraduate or professional qualification and/or appropriate work experience.


Fees - 2017/18 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Postgraduate Certificate £2000

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full or part-time study. Fees can be paid in instalments over the duration of study with further details available in our tuition fee policy.

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Key focus on specific learning difficulties

Develop knowledge of specific learning difficulties with a focus on dyslexia.


Developed for students who are employed

This course is moulded to meet the needs of students who are working whilst studying.


Experienced, research-active teaching staff

The curriculum is delivered by experienced teaching staff with specialisms and who are research-active.  This means your learning will be underpinned by the latest research and analysis.

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