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Level 5 Diploma in Specialist Teaching for Literacy-Related Difficulties (DIST)

Assessor CourseThe Level 5 Diploma in Specialist Teaching for Literacy-Related Difficulties (DIST) is a unique, online SpLD training qualification that is flexible and undertaken part-time.  It is a comprehensive programme that trains teachers, teaching assistants and support tutors to become qualified specialist teachers (with QTS/PGCE) or practitioners (those without QTS/PGCE). 

The programme is suitable for those working with children, supporting adults and those based overseas.

Participants on the teaching course use the Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme (DALP). This specialist literacy training programme has been developed by the postgraduate tutor team at Dyslexia Action in response to the need for a programme that, through individual placement identification, provides a flexible pathway to accommodate each learner’s literacy profile. DALP builds upon previous works in the United States of America by Orton, Gillingham, Stillman and Cox, as well as the British programmes initially developed by Hickey and the team at the Dyslexia Institute – e.g., the Dyslexia Institute Literacy Programme (DILP). The dynamic learning pathways that can
be generated by practitioners who are trained to used DALP, contribute to its power as a teacher training tool and teaching intervention programme. The separate dimensions of DALP also make it a challenging tool to master – great dedication and self-study is required to gain competence in its use.

Please note:

  • This course has specific eligibility requirements which are outlined below in the ‘Demands of The Level 5 Diploma Course’ section
  • Our Level 5 Diploma is designed for literacy practitioners who can commit to studying aspects of linguistics, phonetics and morphology in some depth and is for those who are interested in learning about specialist literacy techniques.  The course is too specialised, detailed and demanding for practitioners whose main focus is literacy assessment.

Choose from two different study routes

Standard (Graduate) route

  • For graduates holding a degree qualification
  • Who have at least two years of recent and relevant experience in a school or college setting to work with learners with literacy difficulties/dyslexia/SpLD
  • Can commit to 10 hours of study per week for one year

For detailed information about the programme, please refer to our syllabus document above which should answer any further questions you may have.


CPD Pathway route

  • For those who have at least two years of recent and relevant experience in a school or college setting to work with learners with literacy difficulties/dyslexia/SpLD
  • Primary/Secondary or Supporting Adults or International graduates and non-graduates
  • Those who can commit to 3-5 hours of study per week in the first year and 10 hours study in the second year. 

This route will take approximately eighteen months to two years to complete.

Part One – Choose A CPD Pathway Route

Applicants can choose from one of three pathways depending on their work setting. 

Part Two – Apply for and complete the Level 5 Diploma in Specialist Teaching for Literacy-Related Difficulties (DIST parts two and three only)

Pre-registration Qualifier

  • Progress onto the Level 5 Diploma is not certain after successful completion of the CPD Certificate Pathway. There is an application process, which includes an online, pre-application quiz where applicable

Supervised teaching is an essential part of unit 03 in the Level 5 Diploma in Specialist Teaching for Literacy-Related Difficulties (DIST).  

For detailed information about the DIST programme, please refer to our syllabus document above which should answer any further questions you may have.

Start dates and duration

Standard (Graduate) Route

  • Starting dates: September, January and April
  • Duration: one year, 10 hours a week study

CPD Pathway Route 

Part One: Choose whether you would like to study Certificate 51, 56 or 67.
  • Starting dates: September, November, January, March, May and July
  • Duration: 12 months, up to 3-5 hours a week study
Part Two: Level 5 Diploma in Specialist Teaching for Literacy-Related Difficulties (DIST 02 & 03)
  • Starting dates: November, March and June
  • Duration: 8-10 months, 10 hours a week study

How will you benefit?

The Level 5 Diploma course is designed to:

  • Provide participants with the technical knowledge and skills needed to put into practice the theoretical
    understanding gained from prior study
  • Provide the technical knowledge necessary to foster language awareness in learners with literacy
    difficulties (including dyslexia)
  • Give an in-depth understanding of the rationale for some tried and tested resources
  • Explain the placement process to provide participants with the necessary background knowledge and skills
    to place learners at the correct stage of an intervention programme by identifying areas of performance
    that require support
  • Provide advice and practice in structured lesson planning to ensure that participants learn to apply the
    principles of structured, sequential, cumulative multisensory tuition during the practical teaching
    intervention programme
  • Give successful participants the knowledge and skills to place learners on, and deliver, an appropriately
    individualised, structured, cumulative multisensory literacy programme
  • Give successful participants the knowledge and skills to begin to advise non-specialist literacy staff within
    their educational establishment on the strategic support of literacy difficulties.

Participants will gain access to the unique resources of the Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme (DALP), a tailored specialist teaching programme.  DALP can be used in school or college settings or with individuals of any reading age in private practice.

Demands of The Level 5 Diploma

Demands of DIST Parts 2 and 3

Each of the parts of the diploma is demanding and intensive. Each part of the course is designated a number of notional study hours per week, ‘notional’ meaning the time that the average participant would need to spend to complete all studies, formative and summative tasks. This includes the time needed for planning and delivering the
teaching intervention programme. This means that it may take some participants longer than the stated hours per week to gain the maximum professional development opportunities that the course affords.

Tutors give guidance via forums and written feedback, but it is participants’ responsibility to work through the course materials in order to gain professional understanding. The DALP tutors are there to advise participants and support the growth of self-initiated professional understanding and the development of competence in specialist literacy teaching. 

Expectations of Participants

DIST Part 2 requires 13 notional hours of study per week. Participants are expected to work through the many specially devised materials to acquire a theoretical understanding of the Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme (DALP) and then begin to apply the principles of specialist literacy provision under supervision. In the early,
theoretical section of the unit of study, tutors are available on the forums to give advice and respond to queries from participants. There is no one-to-one tutorial or meeting provision within the early theoretical section of the unit of study: participants gain their knowledgebase through readings, structured exercises and the study of case
study materials. In the middle section of DIST Part 2, participants conduct the placement process with a learner. On handing in these findings, participants are allocated a one-to-one DALP tutor to supervise them in the practical
teaching element of DIST Part 2 and then in DIST Part 3.

Practical teaching is an essential part of the diploma course. Candidates are required to submit evidence of teaching practice throughout their teaching practicum. Film recordings of teaching practice are made with the appropriate permissions from the school, learners and parents and within the terms of The Data Protection Act
(2018). Recordings are usually submitted using a file upload facility – specific directions are available with the course handbooks.

Teaching Practice: Working with a learner

The learner selected for the teaching intervention programme must be available for the duration of the teaching practice (around 14 school/college weeks). If the learner is going to be away for more than a week during the teaching practice, she/he may not be suitable for this intervention, similarly learners taking examinations may not
have the time or focus to fully engagement. Tutors will advise on the suitability of chosen learners, based on the information provided, but it is the responsibility of participants to find and select suitable learners.
Full details can be found in the syllabus brochure above.

Required Teaching Practice Hours

Dyslexia Action requires you to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of teaching support during the teaching practice.  At least 10 hours of teaching support should be done with one learner individually (not in a group setting). Lessons normally take place on a weekly basis allowing lesson plans to be developed, resources to be prepared and tutor feedback given. Individual lessons can be scheduled for one hour or one-and-a-half hours with the learner (as appropriate for the age and profile of the learner). Successful completion of these teaching hours and other study-related tasks will enable participants to apply for Associate Membership of The Dyslexia Guild (ADG) and
membership of other professional bodies (e.g., PATOSS and the British Dyslexia Association).

How will you be assessed?

How will I be assessed?

There is quite a variety in the assignments for the diploma as a whole. These include reflective tasks, compulsory forums, conducting and reflecting upon your own performance in lesson delivery, designing higher order skills tasks
for learners etc..  All submissions are uploaded either on Moodle or via links within Moodle. Many quizzes feature in the units, as a means of self-checking knowledge and directing participants to key pieces of information within the course materials.

How much does it cost?

Standard (Graduate) Route 

Level 5 Diploma in Specialist Teaching for Literacy-Related Difficulties (DIST)

One payment of £2,965+VAT
or
Three* payments of £1,104 +VAT

*Payment one – 30 days prior to start of course, payment two 30 days after course start date, payment three 60 days after course start date.


CPD Pathway Route Fees

Part one – Pathway Certificate (either DACRT51, DACRT56 or DACRT67)

Price & Booking options:

  • Book two Awards

Each Award cost £855 + VAT (you will need to complete a set of two Awards)

or

  • Book 6 individual CPD Units

The cost of one CPD unit is £295 + VAT (you will need to complete 6 Units)

Part Two  – Level 5 Diploma in Specialist Teaching for Literacy-Related Difficulties (DIST 02 & 03)

One payment of £1,975+VAT
or
Three* payments of £684+VAT

*Payment one – 30 days prior to start of course, payment two 30 days after course start date, payment three 60 days after course start date.

Make a booking

Standard (Graduate) Route

  • September 2022 – waiting list oversubscribed
  • January 2023 – waiting list oversubscribed
  • April 2023 – waiting list oversubscribed
  • September 2023 – waiting list oversubscribed

Please email us to join the waiting list: trainingcourses@dyslexiaaction.org.uk


CPD Pathway Route

Part one:

Certificate in Supporting Literacy in Learners with Dyslexia – DACRT51
You cannot book DACRT51 outright, either book Awards 51 & 52 or individual units 51, 52, 53, 84, 85 & 86

Certificate in Supporting Adults with Dyslexia and Co-occurring Difficulties – DACRT56
You cannot book DACRT51 outright, either book Awards 59 & 60 or individual units 91, 92, 96, 52,93 & 94

Certificate in Supporting International Learners with Dyslexia – DACRT67
You cannot book DACRT51 outright, either book Awards 67 & 51 or individual units 84, 85, 94, 51, 52 & 53

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Part Two  – Level 5 Diploma in Specialist Teaching for Literacy-Related Difficulties (DIST 02 & 03)

Accreditation

Dyslexia Action courses have been in existence for 50 years and have a national respected profile in specialist teacher training and support. Our courses meet several accreditation criteria reflecting the importance we place on the quality of our courses and high standards of teaching and learning which are intrinsic to our programmes.

The Level 5 Diploma (DIST) 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 (subject to accreditation)

The Level 5 Diploma (DIST) is approved by the British Dyslexia Association (subject to accreditation) for Approved Teacher Status or Approved Practitioner Status (ATS/APS) and PATOSS for Associate membership.

After completing a specialist teaching programme at Level 5 or Level 7 you will have the option to continue your studies to become an assessor at Level 7 (20 hours of study a week). See this page for more details.

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