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Specific Learning Difficulties / Dyslexia

Postgraduate Certificate

Postgraduate degree

Postgraduate Certificate Specific Learning Difficulties / Dyslexia
School of Education
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
12-16 months, part time.

Entry requirements

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.

See 'Interested in applying?' or contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

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.

"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 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.

Course structure

Throughout the year, you'll complete two modules that explore key theories in relation to dyslexia and enable you to apply your theoretical understanding in a practical context. You'll also develop the skills needed to build a learning profile and teach specialist lessons.

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the programme document for more information on which modules are core, required or optional.

  • 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. Assessment for this will include 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. Some sessions 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'll 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 the 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.

To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.

"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

Where the subject is taught

The course is mainly based at Newton Park campus, allowing full access to the library and study facilities.

You'll also benefit from access to:

"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 students part time

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

Course fees

September 2023 entry £2,775
September 2024 entry Published Jan 2024
September 2025 entry Published Jan 2025

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 2021/22 is £515. 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 applicants if there is uncertainty regarding their eligibility for the course.

Want to apply for this year? 

Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.

Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.

Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.

Course leader: Dr Georgia Niolaki
Email: g.niolaki@bathspa.ac.uk 

“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

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