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PG Cert Specialist Assessment for a specific learning difficulty: Dyslexia

Year of entry

 

The Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Assessment for a Specific Learning Difficulty: Dyslexia provides teachers and professionals 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).

 

This Postgraduate Certificate is ideal if you are  interested in:  

  • Becoming a specialist teacher for Dyslexia
  • Assessing for Dyslexia
  • Completing assessments for the JCQ (Joint council for Qualifications) Access Arrangements
  • Working towards the professional status of AMBDA (Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association)
  • Working towards achieving an APC (Assessment Practicing Certificate) to enable you to assess for Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA)

The PG Cert Specialist Assessor for SpLD (Dyslexia) is a professional qualification, and on successful completion, will enable you to apply for the following status:

The programme meets the requirements for ATS / AMBDA as set out by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA). The JCQ Access Arrangements criteria for a Specialist Assessor map onto those for AMBDA. Therefore, holders of AMBDA have the right to assess for and diagnose Dyslexia/SpLDs as well as make recommendations for Exam Access Arrangements. Additionally, you can apply to the BDA in order to be awarded a Dyslexia/SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) without additional training, if applying within three years of successfully completing this programme. This will enable you to make recommendations for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).

You will develop a deep and critical understanding of theories and research underpinning contemporary understanding dyslexia and its assessment, including examining cause, effect and impact on wider developmental domains. You will develop specialist teaching abilities to include critical, evidence-based evaluation of pedagogical approaches and programmes of study. The programme will encourage the development of leadership skills in educational settings in order to foster an environment where colleagues work with and respect the contributions of those with specialist training.

The BDA awards require their holders to submit a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Portfolio every three years detailing the Professional Development Activities and direct teaching they have undertaken to remain conversant with knowledge, skills and professional competence required of them in their specialist teaching and assessment role. 

This programme will suit educational professionals who are interested in developing their practice in the area of Specific Learning Difficulties and dyslexia.

On completion of the three modules you may progress to the full MA in SEN Leadership.

You will have advance standing and direct entry to the MA in SEN Leadership if you have successfully completed the PGCert in SEN Coordination and / or Specialist Assessor for SpLD (Dyslexia) with Canterbury Christ Church University. In all other aspects this programme aligns with standard University policy with regard to Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Personal Academic Tutors will discuss options for continuation and progression to ensure that the University’s regulations for credit transfer are followed.

You will study the following modules:

Issues and Debates: Understanding SpLD (Dyslexia) 20 credits  (4000 words or equivalent)

This module will introduce some of the issues and debates in relation to understanding Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia). You will develop your knowledge of contemporary theoretical concepts, reviewing recent, relevant literature. You will critically appraise models and frameworks for teaching and assessing children and young people and examine and evaluate pedagogical approaches.

Evidence-based practice and Action Research: Pedagogical Approaches for SpLD (Dyslexia) 20 credits (4000 words or equivalent)

You will plan, implement and evaluate appropriate pedagogical approaches in your setting by completing a piece of action research. You will critically examine current theory and research in relation to literacy skills development and identify issues arising out of your practice in working with learners with Specific Learning Difficulties / Dyslexia. You will design, deliver and critically evaluate learners’ progress in appropriate teaching programmes, developing your understanding of effective study methods. (Required documents to be submitted in the Professional Portfolio of Practice)

Analytical Case Study: Assessing SpLD (Dyslexia) 20 credits (4000 words or equivalent)

In this module, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the principles of psychological and educational assessment. You will learn how to select appropriate assessment tools and materials to assess Specific Learning Difficulties / Dyslexia and be able to justify your approaches. You will demonstrate you can effectively communicate the outcomes of assessments with learners, professionals and parents, including writing reports. (Required documents to be submitted in the Professional Portfolio of Practice)

Professional Portfolio of Practice

You will need to complete 42 hours of specified activities (30 hours of teaching and 12 hours of assessment) in an educational setting to achieve the Specialist Assessor for SpLD (Dyslexia). This will be assessed remotely via submission of video and associated documentation as follows:

  • Three hours of teaching will be submitted securely via video. You will also submit associated materials such as lesson plans, evaluations, schemes of work, teaching diaries etc. in the portfolio. 
  • One hour of the assessments you complete for an individual learner submitted securely via video. You will also submit associated materials such as reports.

Informed consent must be obtained prior to any videoing which will be addressed early in the course.

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.

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

 

Fees

2019/20 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time N/A N/A
Part-time £2,515 N/A

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2019/20 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student
  
Other costs

There will be an additional fee payable to cover the tutor assessment of the professional work-based evidence which includes assessment of teaching and diagnostic assessment reports.

You would need to have access to assessment tools for Module 3 of the programme. This would generally be available in practice, but there may be a cost involved to purchase specialist assessments. You will be provided with details of assessment tools early on because there are specific requirements, but educational settings or schools will often support the purchase of specialist assessments. The university does have some specialist assessments available for loan however this is very limited and so there is an expectation that students will ensure they are appropriately equipped to complete diagnostic assessments of leaners.

Please be aware that you will need to have access to video equipment in your educational settings as well as access to IT equipment for uploading assessments for Module 2 and Module 3.

On successful completion of the Post Graduate Certificate in Specialist Assessment of Specific Learning Difficulties: Dyslexia you will meet the requirements of AMBDA but you would be responsible for applying for the membership with the professional body (BDA) and the associated costs involved in making the application and maintaining professional membership (AMBDA / APC).

Please also be aware that the costs for cover whist you attend the sessions at university and / or complete specified work based tasks would need to be met by your educational settings.

You will also be responsible for purchasing books should you chose to do so.

Travel and or subsistence costs for any educational site visits as part of the course would need to be paid by students.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

 

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

The programme will run over the period of a year, and will comprise of 9 full day taught sessions and 2 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 programme hold the professional status of AMBDA and when the programme was accredited by the BDA, they were complemented upon the expertise of the team delivering the programme.

Please note that 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.  

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 (www.sasc.org.uk).  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.  

 

Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Assessment for a Specific Learning Difficulty: Dyslexia apply
Medway 1 year part-time September 2020
Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Assessment for a Specific Learning Difficulty: Dyslexia apply
Canterbury 1 year part-time September 2020

For further information, please read our guidelines on how to apply online

The Programme Director is Lorna Hughes, lorna.hughes@canterbury.ac.uk.

 

 

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 1 year part-time

Starts

  • Sept 2020

Entry requirements

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

Location

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