Key facts

MA Specific Learning Difficulties / Dyslexia, PG Dip Specific Learning Difficulties / Dyslexia, PG Cert Specific Learning Difficulties / Dyslexia.
Institute for Education
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
The MA can be completed full-time in one year or part-time over up to six years.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent.

Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

Please contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

A British Dyslexia Association-accredited Master’s degree in SpLD/Dyslexia.

  • Well-established and highly regarded modules that develop extensive knowledge of SpLD/Dyslexia.
  • Opportunity to gain ATS/APS, AMBDA and APC accreditation from the British Dyslexia Association.
  • Modules delivered as a mixture of twilight and weekend sessions to accommodate study and employment.

Inclusion and achievement of students with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) within mainstream education is an important current focus. By acquiring specialist teaching and assessment skills, you’ll broaden your career opportunities within and beyond the school and college context.

The modules combine 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 in one year or part-time in up to five years.

Various modules can be combined to facilitate a PG Cert, PG Diploma or full Master’s degree. The professional practice element enables application to the British Dyslexia Association for the coveted awards of Accredited Teacher/Practitioner Status (ATS/APS), Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) and the Assessment Practising Certificate (APC).

“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

What you'll learn


You’ll develop your theoretical and practical knowledge of SpLD/dyslexia, and learn specialist approaches to the identification, assessment and teaching of learners with specific learning difficulties.

We'll enable you to assess a learner, compile an individual profile based on your findings, and design/deliver an individualised programme of support. You’ll also explore methods and strategies to develop the inclusive practices which can support learners across the curriculum.

In addition, you'll develop your ability to undertake full diagnostic assessments for dyslexia to inform programmes and appropriate support, such as Examination Access Arrangements. You'll have opportunities to develop an understanding of the difficulties faced by primary or secondary students with SpLD/dyslexia or dyscalculia when learning Mathematics, and we'll provide you with knowledge about how to support them.

How will I be assessed?

Each module is coursework-assessed (7,000-10,000 words per 30 credit module). The dissertation is 15,000-20,000 words and worth 60 credits. For the latter, you’ll focus on an area of SpLD/dyslexia mutually agreed with a specialist tutor who offers guidance and support. The Master’s award requires 180 credits in total.

How will I be taught?

Modules are delivered as a mixture of twilight 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 such as an educational psychologist or dyscalculia specialist. Some individual tutorial support is offered alongside valuable opportunities for extended discussion with tutors and colleagues.

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 in the programme.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

Additional professional accreditation fees

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)
  • AMBDA (Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association).

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 and also AMBDA level. The fee level for 2018/19 is £500 per module. Please refer to the BDA website for more details.


UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £6,995
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

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.

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 price by credit(cr) module: £585.00 - 15 cr, £1170.00 - 30 cr, £2340.00 - 60 cr
Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

Course fees
2018/19 entry £12,900
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019
2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

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 of 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.

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 are compulsory, if you’re applying for the full-time Master’s course. The purpose of this is to ensure that one year Master’s students have an appropriate balance of employment and time to study, as the full-time course requires significant input. Interviews may also be held for part-time applicants if there is uncertainty regarding their eligibility for the course.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Kate Humphreys
Email: k.humphreys@bathspa.ac.uk

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