- PG Cert Specific Learning Difficulties / Dyslexia
- Institute for Education
- Campus or location
- Newton Park
- Course length
- One year full time or up to five years part time.
A British Dyslexia Association (BDA) accredited Certificate in dyslexia and specific learning difficulties (SpLD).
- Develop extensive knowledge of SpLD/Dyslexia through well-established and highly regarded modules.
- Benefit from the opportunity to gain Approved Teacher/Practitioner Status (ATS/APS) from the BDA.
- Learn through a mixture of daytime, weekend and twilight sessions designed to help you combine study and employment.
Broaden your individual career opportunities within and beyond the school context. If you're a teacher, or you already work in education (with school-aged learners), this course has been designed with you in mind.
Approximately 10% of learners have dyslexia. Schools recognise that they need to understand, identify and support children with dyslexia. By acquiring specialist teaching and assessment skills around dyslexia, you’ll be a valuable addition to the school team.
Our PGCert in SpLD/Dyslexia comprises two 30 credit modules that integrate both theory and practice. You’ll study through workshops, case studies and assignments, justifying your professional practice through research. Modules comprise taught sessions and assessed projects, and can be completed full-time or part-time.
"Embarking on this course changed my life... The tutors are knowledgeable, attentive and inspiring. There is a real sense of coming together to share experiences and ideas, and what's really nice is that I'm still in contact with many people from our course and we continue to support each other professionally."Student feedback
What you'll learn
Our SpLD/Dyslexia PG Cert can be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis. Through a mixture of theory and practice, you'll focus on how to identify assess needs and teach learners who may be dyslexic.
As a full-time student, you’ll complete two modules that develop the skills needed to build a learning profile and teach specialist lessons in the first trimester.
Alongside this, those of you planning to apply for the ATS/APC will also need to complete 20 hours of teaching (over the course of the academic year) with a school-aged learner who you'll assess and for whom you'll write a practice diagnostic assessment.
Part-time students will follow a different route, taking the second module in the second trimester.
This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document (below the main image on this page) for more information.
- Identifying and Supporting Learners with SpLD/Dyslexia - 1
- Identifying and Supporting Learners with SpLD/Dyslexia - 2
How will I be assessed?
Each academic module is coursework-assessed (7,500 words per 30 credit module).
There will also be additional requirements for those choosing to apply for professional accreditation; this work will consist of assessing, planning and teaching 20 lessons and will be assessed using a mixture of observations, a professional practice portfolio, and one practice diagnostic case study.
How will I be taught?
Modules are delivered as a mixture of twilight, daytime and weekend sessions to accommodate study and employment.
Many sessions are led by the Course Leader, who is a specialist in the academic and practical aspects of SpLD/Dyslexia. Others are delivered by visiting tutors with particular areas of expertise. Individual tutorial support is offered, alongside valuable opportunities for extended discussion with tutors and colleagues.
If you decide to undertake the additional professional practice elements, you will be allocated an experienced professional practice tutor who will observe and advise you as you develop your specialist teaching skills.
In addition, you’ll use Bath Spa University’s Virtual Learning Environment (Minerva) for exchange of materials and communication. Collaborative analysis of ideas through discussion and problem solving is central to teaching and learning on this SpLD / Dyslexia course.
"I am now tutoring and I feel confident - even with my dyslexia - to go out and support others. Helping a young person to understand and embrace their learning differences and then enabling them to experience learning success is proving very rewarding and I'm loving it!"Student feedback
Facilities and resources
"The ATS course at Bath Spa helped me become far more tuned into children’s learning needs. I now know how to plan bespoke support to help children realise they are amazing learners."Student feedback
UK and EU students full time
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UK and EU students part time
Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.
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International students full time
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Additional fees for the professional practice elements
British Dyslexia Association (BDA) approved course
This course is approved by the BDA (British Dyslexia Association), and can enable you to apply for:
- ATS (Approved Teacher Status) / APS (Approved Practitioner Status)
There will be additional Professional Practice fees, payable to Bath Spa University, to cover tutoring and support for the Professional Practice element of BDA accreditation at ATS/APS level. The fee level for 2018/19 is £500 per module. Please refer to the BDA website for more details.
DBS (if required)
As you're already working in a school, you should be fully DBS checked, but if not you must complete this through Bath Spa University before you can go on placement. DBS checks will incur a cost.
Interested in applying?
What we look for in potential students
You’ll usually be a teacher or teaching assistant, and must have an undergraduate degree and a minimum of two years' experience within an educational context. You should be interested in the inclusion of vulnerable learners with SpLD/dyslexia, and have a strong drive to improve outcomes for these learners through specialist intervention.
If you're planning to complete the additional work required to meet the professional practice elements of the modules (in order to enable you to apply for ATS/APS), you'll need to have had at least two years' full-time experience in the classroom. You’ll also need current access to school-aged learners who may be dyslexic (but don’t have other significant identified SEN).
How do I apply?
Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.
Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.
Interview and portfolio guidance
Interviews may be held for part-time applicants if there is uncertainty regarding their eligibility for the course.
“Students find this programme extremely valuable because it is linked to their practical work environment and experience, and apart from an academic qualification they also obtain accreditation from the British Dyslexia Association.”Dr Steven Coombs