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Award in Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties – (DAAWD59)

Why take this Award?

DAAWD59 – The Level 5 Award in Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties explores adult learning support from a range of perspectives. It is suitable for those working with adults with dyslexia who want to minimise the impact dyslexia can have in the workplace or in further or higher education. The Award in Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties provides a framework for addressing the complex nature of dyslexia as a disability and offers practical solutions to ensure accessible learning for adults with dyslexia.

The Award in Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties is suitable for Study Skills to Support Tutors who wish to gain or maintain professional membership for Non-Medical Helper (NMH) Band 4 registration. See the Dyslexia Guild Membership for further information.

Course Content

Award in Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties (DAAWD59)consists of three Units.

  1. Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties (DACPD91) 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 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
  2. Supporting Study Skills in Adults with Dyslexia (DACPD92) begins with a consideration of what is meant by study skills. It goes on to explore the barriers to learning that can impede the development of study skills in learners with dyslexia and the teaching methods that can improve their access to learning
  3. Developing Literacy Skills with Assistive Technology (DACPD96) 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.

Is this course accredited?

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

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 July 2022, they can then study Unit 2 in September 2022 and Unit 3 in November 2022.

Are you eligible?

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

Participants should normally be employed as a:

  • Qualified learning or adult support tutor and be currently (or recently within the last 2-3 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?

The Award in Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties is part of a wider CPD programme which 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 Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties (DACRT56) 

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

Successful completion of either DACRT56 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.

How much does it cost?

  • Pay online by debit/credit card at the time of registration £855+VAT (making a saving of £10 per unit if booking three units individually)
  • Pay later £880+VAT (this price includes an additional 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 course, the pay later option is only available up to 2 weeks before the start of the course)

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). 

  • 14 September 2022
    Book by 31 August (if pay later/invoice required upfront) or book by 7 September if paying by credit/debit card at time of registration
  • 16 November 2022 
    Book by 2 November (if pay later/invoice required upfront) or book by 9 November if paying by credit/debit card at time of registration

Bookings open soon for:

    • 18 January 2023
    • 15 March 2023
    • 10 May 2023
    • 12 July 2023

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