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Level 7 Professional Certificate in Assessment Practice for Dyslexia and Literacy

Assessment Practice for Dyslexia

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Course Content - Modules, Learning Outcomes and University Credits

The Assessment Practice for Dyslexia course comprises THREE modules at level 7 which provides training as a specialist assessor (you must complete the modules in the sequence given) gaining 60 credits towards a Master’s level (postgraduate) qualification with Middlesex University London. The three 20 credit modules are:

Module B: Principles of Assessment for Dyslexia and Literacy – 20 credits

Learning Outcomes – On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Examine the construct “intelligence” and methods used to quantify it
  • Critically evaluate the role of statistical analysis in the interpretation of assessment results
  • Appraise the appropriateness of assessment tests and techniques for a variety of purposes
  • Appraise a range of factors that can affect learners’ performance in an assessment situation

Module D: Assessment of Literacy Related Difficulties – 20 credits

Learning Outcomes – On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate current perspectives on the assessment of literacy-related difficulties and
    reflect on their importance.
  • Critically examine the principles and practice of the psychometric assessment process
  • Demonstrate competence in test selection, administration, and scoring
  • Demonstrate competent interpretation of statistical evidence and the ability to link findings
    to appropriate intervention strategies
  • Construct a professional assessment report for a learner with literacy difficulties and
    demonstrate critical reflective practice.

Module E: Assessment of Specific Learning Difficulty (Dyslexia) – 20 credits

Learning Outcomes – On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the suitability of a range of tests for a particular assessment situation and
    other knowledge that informs the assessment process and demonstrates how they apply to
  • Systematically analyse information regarding the relevance to learning of the key findings of
    a range of assessment tools and critically reflect on the ways in which engagement with
    others contribute to the development of selected approaches
  • Demonstrate how the development of a professional assessment report for a learner with
    literacy-related difficulties displays knowledge of the cognitive processing differences
    associated with dyslexia and demonstrate own ability to coherently explain complex issues
    to a work and academic audience.
  • Critically evaluate the role of own personal motivations, aspirations, and actions in the
    context of strategic planning and management of professional development.

Supervised assessment is an essential part of Modules D and E.  Participants are required to find learners who have not recently (within the past year) been assessed using the assessment tools within the module. Participants will be expected to select a learner in the age range in which they have trained, and teaching practice must be undertaken within a DfE registered or independent school and should be covered by the school DBS check and safeguarding arrangements (this does not apply to those based overseas although the school or college should be a registered organisation through the state authority). Further details can be found in the brochure above.

Please note:

  • Candidates are only allowed to enrol and pay for one module at a time. If you do not pass a module you will be able to undertake a re-submission process
  • You will not be able to progress to the next module in the sequence until such time as the preceding module has been successfully completed.

After completion of Modules B, D and E, and in addition to being a holder of a Level 5 or Level 7 SpLD Teaching qualification you have eligibility to apply for an
Assessment Practising Certificate.

Progression - is this Certificate part of a wider programme?

  1. If you hold a Specialist SpLD Teaching qualification at Level 5 or Level 7 and have completed and passed Modules B, D and E (60 credits) you will be a specialist SpLD teacher/assessor and can apply for an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC). 
  2. We also offer an MEd Professional Practice in Dyslexia and Literacy programme, for further details click here 

Please read our APL document before applying Accreditation of Prior Learning 2019-2020


The Postgraduate Level programmes delivered by Dyslexia Action Training can lead to the award of credit points, as indicated, by Middlesex University

The Dyslexia Action Professional Programme is eligible for Member (MDG) of The Dyslexia Guild. and accredited by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA).

Fees and payment

Fees for the Assessment Practice for Dyslexia course are payable by module, one at a time, and must be paid in full before the start of the module or you will be referred to the next available start date.

Pay Online at the time of module registration (UK and Overseas):

  • Module B £1,250 +VAT *
  • Module D £1,650 +VAT *
  • Module E £1,650 +VAT.*

* Please note there is a Pay later fee of £25 +VAT for those choosing not to pay online at time of registration.  All monies must be received before the start of the modules.

How to apply

Please ensure that you download and read the information in the Downloads section before applying.

To apply, please download the application and send the completed application form to pgmail@dyslexiaaction.org.uk

Entry 1st Sept 2020: Apply by 17 July 2020.
Entry Jan 2021: Apply by Nov 2020 applications will open August 2020.
Entry April 2021: Apply by Feb 2021 applications will open December 2020.

How can I access tests?

Depending on the modules you choose, you will need to be able to access one or two specific assessment tests to be able to complete the Assessment Practice for Dyslexia course.

There are various places to buy tests or it may be possible to borrow them from The Guild library. Real Group runs the Dyslexia Action Shop which sells many of the most popular tests from the main test publishers in the UK and USA Guild members receive a 10% discount, another option is to join the Dyslexia Action Shop Test Loan Scheme.

Please note: we have no control over the rules that publishers use to decide who is eligible to buy their tests and we will need to follow their guidance when selling tests. We may need you to provide information regarding qualifications for us to check your eligibility.


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