Join Dyslexia Action CPD courses for those supporting adults starting 17 November

supporting adults

Dyslexia Action Training has continued to support educators working with learners in a further or higher education setting. With the ongoing worldwide pandemic, it has never been important for current and aspiring study skills tutors to be able to continue supporting students and young adults with specific learning difficulties (SpLDs).

In order to meet DSA Band Four Study Skills requirements to help support learners with dyslexia and SpLDs and become confident specialists in one-to-one study skills.  Tutors and educational professionals are required to hold a membership with a recognised SpLD professional body. 

Associate FE/HE of The Dyslexia Guild (ADG FE/HE)

The Dyslexia Guild has a clearly defined membership grade for Study Skills Support Tutors which is Associate Member Further and Higher Education (ADG FE/HE).

Our established Supporting Adults Programme is suitable for those working with adults who have dyslexia and literacy difficulties and is appropriate for a variety of settings including specialist one to one study skills tutors working in FE/HE. 

Supporting Adults Certificate Pathway Programme Structure 

Support tutors, learning support staff in further or higher education settings working towards our Supporting Adults Certificate will learn to tailor and enhance students’ individual needs by developing a range of strategies and skills to improve the learner journey.  Subject topics include:

  • supporting memory weaknesses
  • using assistive technologies to overcome barriers in literacy 
  • developing study skills to improve students access to learning
  • nurturing the development of writing skills

This Adult and FE/HE SpLD Teacher/Practitioner programme comprises six CPD units. Each CPD unit equates to 30 hours of study. The units can be studied individually or as part of an Award (when booking three set CPD units). The structure is as follows:

Award in Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties DAAWD59:

Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties (DACPD91)

Supporting Study Skills in Adults with Dyslexia (DACPD92)

Developing Literacy Skills with Assistive Technology (DACPD96)

Award in Learning Support for Adults with Dyslexia DAAWD60:

Supporting Individuals with Memory Weaknesses (DACPD52)

Developing Writing Skills in Adults with Dyslexia (DACPD93)

Dyslexia in Multilingual Settings (DACPD94)

Optional unit (can be swapped with DACPD93 or DACPD94):
Developing Numeracy Skills in Learners with Dyslexia and Dyscalculia (DACPD99)

Who can join this programme 

The certificate is mapped against Ofqual Level 5 descriptors, you can find information on the National Qualifications Framework.  It allows educators who have already completed Level 3 courses the opportunity to achieve a Level 5 certificate.  It is suitable for qualified learning or adult support tutors currently or previously within the last 2 years employed to work with learners in a further or higher education setting.


Our Level 5 CPD Adults certificate pathway is approved by The CPD Standards Office 


Level 5 Developing Literacy Skills with Assistive Technology (DACPD96)

What would you say to someone who was thinking about booking this course with Dyslexia Action?

“Do it! They are really accessible, of really good quality and really develop knowledge and skills” – Megan Bradburn

“I really feel my knowledge is renewed and that I have more to give my students every time I complete one of your courses” – Amanda Barnard

Level 5 Supporting Study Skills in Adults with Dyslexia (DACPD92)

“Highly recommend.  Very professional.  Good guidance/support.  Structured Virtual Learning Environment” – Karen Wilkinson

“For those without specific dyslexia training like me this course is extremely valuable!” – Lisa Bryce

Booking options to enrol on the Supporting Adults Pathway (DACRT56)

Option 1 – Book six individual CPD units

You book units DACPD91, 92, 96, 52, 93 and 94 individually.

CPD Unit Cost – £295 + VAT

To book one CPD unit, please visit our online booking page and select the unit and date you wish to start.

Please note bookings close 2 weeks before the start date.

Option 2 – Book an Award (3 CPD units)

Awards contain three-set CPD Units. By booking an Award you will save a total of £30 as opposed to booking the units individually. 

For more information on the Awards that these units are included in please visit the following page:

Award Cost – £855 + VAT

Please note: When an Award is booked, participants will study the first unit on the Award start date, the second and third unit will follow in date succession. All three individual units must be completed within a one-year period.

To book DAAWD59 or DAAWD60, please visit our online booking page and select the date you wish to start.

Please note bookings close 2 weeks before the start date.

How to register for the supporting adult’s programme

Whenever you are ready to book, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Choose your CPD unit(s) or award(s). A description of all our available courses can be found here.
  2. Go to our booking page online to select your chosen unit or award and the date you wish to start 
  3. On the next page, click ‘Register‘ to complete and submit the form

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