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This course provides teachers and professionals who are already in practice an opportunity to gain a professional qualification in supporting learners with dyslexia. The programme has been accredited by the British Dyslexia Association as meeting the requirements for AMBDA (Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association).

It is perfectly suited for those looking to specialise in the assessment and teaching of those with dyslexia, and is a significant step in becoming an accredited professional in the field.

The Postgraduate Certificate Specialist Assessor for a Specific Learning Difficulty: Dyslexia is a professional qualification, and on successful completion, will enable you to apply for the following status:

Entry requirements

Entry to the programme normally requires an honours degree (2.2 or above), or evidence of other relevant study at Level 6.

If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

Hons Degree

Module information

This programme meets the criteria for individuals to apply for the professional status of ATS/APS/AMBDA/AMBDA HE/FE within 3 years of successful completion and fulfils these requirements.

Core/optional modules

*Modules subject to validation

How you’ll learn

The course will run over the period of a year, and will comprise of nine full day taught sessions and two half day taught sessions.

Teaching delivery will include tutor input, pre-module activities, discussions and seminars, group activities, critical friendship conversations and pre- and post-session online learning using readings, materials and tools recommended and provided. Individual tutorial support will be provided both face to face and by email and other means where appropriate.

Tutors on the course hold the professional status of AMBDA and when the course was accredited by the BDA, they were complemented upon the expertise of the team delivering the course.

How you’ll be assessed

Your learning is assessed by written papers, portfolios and presentations, depending on the modules studied, and the final dissertation. These are submitted and marked online. Each 20 credit module assignment is 4,000 words or equivalent. 

You will complete 30 hours of evaluated, specialist teaching in practice in your setting, which must consist of a minimum of 10 hours with the same learner.

Three hours of teaching will be observed and assessed (via video) by a programme tutor who holds active AMBDA status to support you by providing a written report to provide formative feedback and summative assessment in relation to how far you meet the criteria. This will take place at appropriate points during the 30 hours of teaching. You will also submit associated materials such as lesson plans, evaluations, schemes of work, teaching diaries etc. in the form of a portfolio. 

 You will complete three diagnostic assessment reports stemming from 3 different assessments of learners. These reports must be assessed using the current SASC criteria for Assessment Practicing Certificates applications ( These must include supporting assessment plans, working papers and related tutors' reports submitted in the form of a portfolio.

A film of one hour of the assessments of an individual learner, showing the use of at least two standardised tests, appropriate for the age of the learner carried out in a 1:1 situation, should be submitted on an encrypted DVD/USB or other secure means, for assessment. It may be filmed on more than one occasion but must focus on the assessment of one learner.  

Your future career

Successful completion of this programme will enable you to apply for professional status with the British Dyslexia Association.


2021/22 tuition fees for this course

  UK Overseas
Full-time N/A N/A
Part-time £2,660 N/A

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Please note

Cohorts will run subject to viable numbers of applicants. Every effort is made to communicate with you at the earliest opportunity should this arise and you may be offered a later start date or an alternative location.  

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