facebook MA Specific Learning Difficulties/ Dyslexia - Bath Spa University

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
One year full time or up to five years part time.

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 in dyslexia and specific learning difficulties.

  • 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 weekend and twilight sessions to accommodate combined study and employment.

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

Our Master's in dyslexia and specific learning difficulties encompasses modules that integrate theory and practice in relation to SpLD/ dyslexia and inclusion. 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.

“Students find this programme extremely valuable because it is linked to their practical work environment and experienc,e and apart from an academic qualification they also obtain accreditation from the British Dyslexia Association”

Dr Steven Coombs

What you'll learn


Our SpLD and dyslexia Master's degree can be underaken on a full-time or part-time basis. Through a mixture of theory and practice, you'll focus on how to identify, assess, and teach learners who may be dyslexic. It is aimed at teachers, or others working in the field of education, who have had at least two years' experience in the classroom. If you complete the professional practice elements of the modules, you'll be eligible to apply to the BDA for professional recognition.

Course structure

In the first two trimesters, you’ll develop the skills needed to build a learning profile and teach specialist lessons. If you're planning to complete the full Master's degree, as the year goes on you'll have the opportunity to prepare for your dissertation by strengthening your knowledge on research methodology, and developing a dissertation proposal.

The third/fourth trimesters see the culmination of the skills you’ve developed as you gather and analyse data, and write up this research in your dissertation. On the full-time route, in the fourth trimester you'll also complete the final professional practice module, expanding your skills with more teaching and theory, culminating in writing a full diagnostic assessment.

Course modules

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
  • Assessment Methodology in SpLD/Dyslexia
  • Identifying and Overcoming Difficulties Learning Mathematics
  • The Effective SpLD/Dyslexia Report
  • Independent Study
  • Independent Study
  • English as an Additional Language
  • Research and the Professional Part 1
  • Research and the Professional Part 2
  • Research Methods in Social Science
  • Dissertation

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


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 £3,500
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

Additional costs

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.

DBS (if required)

If you're already working in schools, you'll 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 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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