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Adult and FE/HE SpLD Teacher/Practitioner Qualifications

The Certificate in Supporting Adults
with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties (DACRT56)

is the Adult and FE/HE SpLD Teacher/Practitioner programme and is ideal for a wide range of education professionals including support tutors, learning support staff and those working with further and higher education students and adults. This is also the baseline qualification for those seeking membership for DSA-QAG.

Delivered entirely online, the Undergraduate Level 5 Certificate – Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties is created by experts with real-world educational experience to empower delegates with practical and actionable skills, allowing you not only to engage with students with increased confidence but also create a pathway for professional progression.

How will you benefit?

By joining the Adult and FE/HE SpLD Teacher/Practitioner programme you will:

  • Add real value to your educational setting, bringing new skills and abilities to create the optimum outcomes for students in your care
  • Develop practical competence and personal confidence in your strategies in working with students with literacy challenges
  • Learn whilst you study, with our practice-led approach helping embed your new theoretical knowledge in your real-world circumstances
  • Start on the pathway to gaining the Level 5 Diploma in Strategic Teaching Support for Dyslexia and Literacy (DADIP61) which once completed, would make you eligible for Associate Membership (ADG) of The Dyslexia Guild

Discover the Certificate Content

The Adult and FE/HE SpLD Teacher/Practitioner programme is made up of six units:

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

  • This Unit provides a framework for the support of adults with dyslexia and co-occurring difficulties in a variety of post-compulsory education environments. The holistic requirements of the individual will be considered, as well as the barriers that adults can face once they leave school. A range of barriers to competent performance, including the operating environment will be examined as a foundation to identify the appropriate provision. The materials in the unit will be pertinent to those supporting adults in further or higher education in work-based training and apprenticeships or other environments in which learning takes place with adults.

Supporting Study Skills in Adults with Dyslexia (DACPD92)

  • This Unit begins with a consideration of what we mean by study skills. It goes on to explore the barriers to learning that can impede the development of study skills in adults with dyslexia and the methods that can improve their access to learning.

Developing Literacy Skills with Assistive Technology (DACPD96)

  • This unit provides resources that support the development of literacy skills through the use of assistive technology in learning environments and in the workplace. It will introduce approaches utilising assistive technology that can enable individuals with dyslexia and diverse needs to overcome barriers that add pressure to literacy, planning and organisational tasks. It will show how assistive technology enables individuals to complete literacy tasks successfully with a focus on cultivating learner autonomy. The emphasis of this unit is on critical evaluation of relevant teaching strategies and creating individual assistive technology ‘toolkits’ to support a range of needs.

Supporting Individuals with Memory Weaknesses (DACPD52)

  • This Unit explores some of the different aspects of memory and aims to promote an understanding of the barriers that working memory can create within learning environments.  It gives practitioners an opportunity to analyse a task, to reflect upon their own practice and to consider how it can be tailored to strategically support individuals with dyslexia.

Developing Writing Skills in Adults with Dyslexia (DACPD93)

  • The Unit is designed to increase understanding of the processes involved in developing writing skills and to provide strategies for use in the learning or work environment.  Although the focus is on how to nurture the development of writing skills in adults with dyslexia, the approach will benefit a wide range of learners struggling to acquire effective writing skills.

Dyslexia in Multilingual Settings (DACPD94)

  • This Unit course explores the challenges presented when supporting multilingual learners with dyslexia. The learner’s cultural context will be considered, together with the impact this has on learning and progress.  The key components for supporting multilingual learners will be examined with a view to identifying appropriate support strategies for multilingual learners with dyslexia

Developing Numeracy Skills in Learners with Dyslexia and Dyscalculia (DACPD99)

  • Examine the processes involved in mathematical thinking and how they link to aspects of memory and attention. The difficulties that learners with dyslexia and co-occurring difficulties, particularly dyscalculia, can have with numeracy are explained. The association of ‘number sense’ (numerosity) with dyscalculia is also examined. The unit explores theory, offers some practical ideas and provides the practitioner with the fresh perspective necessary to effectively use structured, cumulative, multi sensory teaching to promote numeracy development in learners where it is stalled or significantly delayed

DACPD99 is not in any of the general pathways but can be swapped out for another unit in certain circumstances.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should:

  • Be qualified learning or adult support tutor and be currently (or recently within the last 2 years) employed to work with learners in a further or higher education educational setting or those working in a support function.
  • Be qualified to at least level 3 (‘A’ level) on the UK qualifications framework or have other equivalent qualifications and relevant experience. Teaching assistants must be mentored by a qualified teaching professional whilst on the course.
  • Have a minimum English language ability level such as IELTS 6 or TOEFL 60-78 points.

Please note that the Supporting Adults Programme is a programme for those working with adults with dyslexia and literacy difficulties and is appropriate for a variety of settings. Those who wish to undertake this programme should be instructors, tutors, learning support staff or lecturers and those looking to support DSA-QAG band 4 study skills students.

We reserve the right to request information in support of all applications from a headteacher or other suitably qualified line manager or referee

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When can I start, how do I apply and how much does it cost?

Courses run six times a year with start dates in September, November, January, March, May, and July

  • You can sign up to each unit individually paying per unit as you study, £295+VAT per unit:

Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties (DACPD91)
Supporting Study Skills in Adults with Dyslexia (DACPD92)
Developing Literacy Skills with Assistive Technology (DACPD96)
Dyslexia: Supporting Individuals with Memory Weaknesses (DACPD52)
Developing Writing Skills in Adults with Dyslexia (DACPD93)
Dyslexia in Multilingual Settings (DACPD94)


  • Book three units (an award) at the same time and make a saving of £30 by paying £855+VAT per award:

Level 5 Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties (DAAWD59) contains units 91,92,96

Level 5 Learning Support for Adults with Dyslexia (DAAWD60) contains units 52,93,94

Your pathway to progression

This Adult and FE/HE SpLD Teacher/Practitioner programme forms the first part of the CPD pathway working towards gaining the Level 5 Diploma in Strategic Teaching Support for Dyslexia and Literacy (DADIP61). If you are a graduate with at least two years experience in an educational establishment you can opt to study our Fast Track pathway route.

Completion of DADIP61 will confer eligibility for Associate Membership of The Dyslexia Guild (ADG) recognised as the first grade of professional membership for a specialist teacher/practitioner.

The Level 5 Diploma in Strategic Teaching Support for Dyslexia and Literacy (DADIP61) is also accredited by the British Dyslexia Association for Approved Teacher Status or Approved Practitioner Status (ATS/APS) and approved by The CPD Standards Office.


 “The support offered here is excellent, the tutors are always available to help and I would highly recommend you study with Dyslexia Action”

“This is an excellent short CPD course for me and I have enjoyed every single minute of it. I am very pleased that the course run during the summer period, as this is the only time I can do any course to improve my skills. The tutors are very supportive.”

“Excellent well structured and supported courses! Thank you!”

“The course provided a practical solution to CPD when other courses were impossible due to cost, time and location”

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Our Level 4 and 5 CPD programme is approved by The CPD Standards Office.

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