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The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching Pupils with Dyslexia will provide you with the specialist skills and knowledge required to enhance the learning of pupils with dyslexia in a school context.

This one-year course will allow you to understand the challenges faced by pupils in the classroom, through the application of practical and theoretical knowledge.

Accredited by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA), this course has been designed to meet both the individual and organisational needs of school teachers working at all stages of compulsory education.

On graduation you possess the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively teach pupils who suffer from dyslexia. In addition you will have a strong foundation that will allow you to progress your learning to Masters level, should you wish to enhance your qualification.

Accreditation 

Accredited by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA), this course is designed to meet schools’ needs regarding the assessment and teaching of students with the specific learning difficulty (SpLD) – dyslexia. 

On successful completion of the course, applications can be made for AMBDA* and an APC** which will enable:

  • In-house Exam Access Arrangements testing
  • In-house full diagnostic assessment for SpLD dyslexia
  • In-house intervention packages for both individual students and groups of students with specific learning difficulties 
  • In-house training on dyslexia-friendly teaching practice using Quality First Teaching

*Holders of Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) are recognised as specialists in the specific learning difficulty (SpLD) dyslexia. The JCQ Access Arrangements criteria for a specialist assessor map onto those for AMBDA. Therefore, holders of AMBDA have the right to assess for and diagnose SpLD dyslexia and make recommendations for Exam Access Arrangements (EAA) up to the age of 18 years. Holders of AMBDA can also carry out assessments and tutor privately.

**In addition, an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) is a licence to practice for those carrying out assessments in schools for Exam Access Arrangements and in colleges for the Disabled Students’ Allowance. Many schools and college employers now require their specialist teaching or support staff to obtain an Assessment Practising Certificate.

Alternatively, successful completion of the course can lead to ATS or APS†

† Holders of Advanced Teacher Status (ATS)/Advanced Practitioner Status (APS) are recognised as Specialist Teachers of learners with specific learning difficulties (SpLD) dyslexia. They are qualified to conduct informal, curriculum-based assessments and deliver specialist teaching programmes to learners up to and including 18 years of age.

British Dyslexia Association, 2019

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year part-time

Department
Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location
Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2019

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Split into two modules – The Theory and Practice of Identification and Assessment and Teaching Pupils with SpLD (Dyslexia): Theory into Practice – this course will provide you with the opportunity to undertake learning activities that explore the different dimensions of critical enquiry.

A large majority of this course is delivered through weekly classroom-based teaching and learning sessions, which will comprise of a mixture of teacher-led discussions and student presentation.

Whilst summative assessments will take the form of written assignments, additional formative approaches are also utilised in the form of presentations, portfolios and reports, assignments, case studies and reflections.

You will also be required to undertake in-depth assessment and teaching projects under the guidance of your assigned tutor.

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The staff engaged in teaching and tutoring on this course are qualified teachers and practitioners with substantial experience of working with pupils that have specific learning difficulties (SpLD).

Your tutors have worked in a variety of environments such as schools, local authorities and other educational establishments. They also hold memberships to key professional organisations such as the British Dyslexia Association.

In addition to the teaching delivered by our staff, we regularly welcome guest speakers and visiting lecturers to provide additional sessions to further enhance your knowledge of this specialist subject.

Both our teaching team and dedicated support staff will be on-hand at all times throughout your course to provide ongoing guidance and assistance to ensure you graduate with complete confidence in your abilities.

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Throughout the duration of your course you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities such as our University library – which is ranked in joint first in the UK.

You will also be able to utilise the UseMyAbility website to challenge your own personal development, apply planning tools and seek career advice to further support your learning and future career.

Your learning experience will be enhanced though the use of technology and learning materials, such as module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides and reading lists, will be available via our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard. You can also access student support and other key University systems through your personal account.

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Research-rich learning is embedded throughout all aspects of this course and you will be encouraged to extend, develop and enhance your ability to evaluate and judge the underlying assumptions surrounding dyslexia policy and practice.

Many members of our teaching team are actively involved in research projects that are defining the education sector, with a focus on key issues such as dyslexia, developmental coordination disorder and working memory.

This course requires you to produce a written assignment that will allow you to put the research skills acquired on this course into practise. Undertaken under the supervision of your tutor, you will conduct literature research around a subject area that interests you most, focusing on how theories and concepts impact on practice.

Research / Current Departmental Research Themes

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This course is highly regarded by employers thanks to our accreditation with the British Dyslexia Association (BDA). On graduation, you will possess a range of specialist and transferable skills to equip you for employment, enterprise or further study in this area or a related field.

This course has been designed for qualified teachers who are working with pupils with literacy difficulties, in addition to those with an interest in dyslexia, SENCOs or those working within SEN departments, advisory teachers within local authority support services and those involved with assessments and exam arrangements.

There is significant evidence that completion of this course can enhance employment and support graduates in their career development as leaders and managers within their organisation.

You will gain a global perspective on a variety of issues, supporting your development as a culturally and ethically aware graduate who is able to contribute constructively and positively in a variety of contexts.

Upon successful completion, you will also have the option to transfer to the Postgraduate Diploma or MA in Education to further enhance your qualifications and knowledge.

The PG Cert in Assessing and Teaching Students with Dyslexia opened up a new career pathway for me.  As an associate member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) with an approved practising certificate (APC), I am now in a position, as a specialist teacher, to assess students for both exam access arrangements for GCSE, BTEC and A Level and Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) for higher education. 
On completion of the course, I was invited to present at conferences on the impact of specific learning difficulties in the classroom and am asked regularly to present training sessions to school staff and parents.  I am now qualified to assess in a private capacity and to offer bespoke tuition to students with specific learning difficulties, which can be rewarding both professionally and financially. 
I would therefore highly recommend this course.

Alumni testimonial

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Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

Would you like to gain the practical skills and knowledge required to devise and deliver an effective teaching programme to pupils with dyslexia? Would you like to know more about assessing pupils with dyslexia? This course could be for you. 

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree or equivalent such as a Certificate in Education (Cert Ed).
Other equivalent professional qualifications may be considered.

International qualifications
 
If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry 
 
English Language requirements
 
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
 
*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £2,330

Full EU Fee: £2,330

Full International Fee: TBC

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

TE7033 -

Teaching Pupils with SpLD Dyslexia: Theory into Practice (Core,30 Credits)

This module will enable you to design, deliver and evaluate individualised teaching programmes to meet the specific needs of pupils with dyslexia that you assessed in the first module.

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TE7034 -

The Theory and Practice of Identification and Assessment (Core,30 Credits)

In this module you will develop learn about:
• the main causal theories of dyslexia
• how to identify and assess individual pupils with SpLD (dyslexia) using a variety of formal and informal assessment techniques e.g. observation, standardised tests, criterion referenced tests
• how to write reports for other professionals

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