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Award in Perspectives on Dyslexia (DAAWD51)

Is this course accredited?

 DAAWD51 – This Level 4 Award in Perspectives on Dyslexia course provides a solid, theoretical and practical grounding for practitioners in a wide range of settings who work with learners with dyslexia. Studying these closely related units of the Award in Perspectives on Dyslexia will give you the opportunity to gain knowledge of the characteristics of dyslexia, how to support specific weaknesses commonly associated with dyslexia and an understanding of the key principles that underpin specialist teaching.

Our Level 4 and 5 CPD programme is approved by The CPD Standards Office and you receive a certificate from Dyslexia Action upon completion.

Course Content

The Award in Perspectives on Dyslexia (DAAWD51) consists of three Units.

  1. Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties (DACPD51) provides an introduction to key elements of current research and practice in dyslexia, and conditions that commonly co-occur with it.  It aims to provide an understanding of current theories of dyslexia and the impact that dyslexia and co-occurring difficulties have on performance in a range of settings.
  2. Supporting Individuals with Memory Weaknesses (DACPD52) explores some of the different aspects of memory and aims to promote an understanding of the barriers that working memory weaknesses can create within learning environments. It introduces a more analytical approach to teaching, providing practitioners with the opportunity to reflect upon their own practice and to consider how it can be tailored to strategically support learners with dyslexia and working memory weakness.
  3. Structured, Cumulative Multisensory Tuition for Learners with Dyslexia (DACPD53) introduces the practitioner to the concepts of structured, cumulative, multisensory learning.  The links between attention, memory and multisensory input are explained, and the need for structured, explicit intervention is examined.  Completion of the Unit will enable the practitioner to design lessons that maximise learning potential.

How is the programme delivered?

  • The courses are delivered online which offers you the flexibility to organise your time to fit around your professional and personal commitments.  It also saves you the time and expense of travel and classroom attendance
  • Total study time per unit is 3 – 5 hrs a week, 20 – 30 hours total study over a 7 week period per unit*
  • Tutor support is offered throughout the duration of the induction and course
  • Our units equate to Level 4 or 5  on the Register of Regulated Qualifications (RQF).

*e.g. if the participant registers to study for the first of three Units in January 2020, they can then study Unit 2 in March 2020 and Unit 3 in May 2020.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should:

  • 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
  • Qualified classroom teachers or teaching or learning assistants and be currently (or recently within the last 2 years) employed to work with learners in the UK or internationally
  • 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
  • Have a minimum English language ability level such as IELTS 6 or TOEFL 60-78 points.

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

CPD Progression - is this Award part of a Certificate or Diploma qualification?

This Award in Perspectives on Dyslexia (DAAWD51) is part of a wider CPD programme that offers the opportunity to choose from a range of study options.

Level 5 Diploma in Strategic Teaching Support for Dyslexia and Literacy (DADIP61)

If you would like to train to become a full specialist SpLD teacher/practitioner and hold either:

  • The Certificate in Supporting Literacy in Learners with Dyslexia (DACRT51)
    or
  • The Certificate in Supporting International Learners with Dyslexia (DACRT67)

You may be in a position to enrol in the following teacher/practitioner certificate course: 

Successful completion of either DACRT51 or DACRT67 plus DACRT60 will give you:

The Level 5 Diploma (DADIP61) confers eligibility for Associate Membership of The Dyslexia Guild (ADG) recognised as the first grade of professional membership for a specialist teacher/practitioner and approved by The CPD Standards Office.  The Level 5 Diploma is also accredited by the British Dyslexia Association for Approved Teacher Status or Approved Practitioner Status (ATS/APS) and PATOSS for Associate membership.

Do you hold a degree?

As an alternative to the pathway routes, we offer a Level 5 Fast Track Route: this route is only available for graduates with at least two years of recent and relevant teaching or learning support experience in a dyslexia/literacy support setting and takes one calendar year to complete.  More details can be found here.

Make a booking

Our courses run six times a year in September, November, January, March, May and July. Please click on the date below to make a booking for the Award containing three units (click here to book the units individually). 

  • 19 January 2022
    Book by 5 January (if pay later/invoice required upfront) or book by 12 January if paying by credit/debit card at time of registration.
  • 16 March 2022
    Book by 2 March (if pay later/invoice required upfront) or book by 9 March if paying by credit/debit card at time of registration.
  • 11 May 2022
    Book by 27 April (if pay later/invoice required upfront) or book by 4 May if paying by credit/debit card at time of registration.
  • 13 July 2022
    Book by 29 June (if pay later/invoice required upfront) or book by 6 July if paying by credit/debit card at time of registration.

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