Qualification: Postgraduate Diploma: Specialist Assessment and Teaching for Literacy-Related Difficulties
Start Dates: April and October
Duration: 24 months
Course type: Postgraduate – Level 7
Method: Online distance learning
Outcome: Specialist SpLD teacher/assessor
Fees: £7,900 + VAT (payable in four instalments)
Delegates completing this Diploma will gain the skills and knowledge to:
The Diploma is split into four modules:
The Dyslexia Action Professional Certificate and Diploma Programmes in Dyslexia and Literacy are appropriate for a wide range of professional teachers and specialists who have a relevant classroom or student learning support experience including:
Prospective students will have:
We reserve the right to reject any application that does not meet the criteria specified.
Candidates applying for the Diploma part of the programme should normally have a final grade of 1-9 (60%-65%) at the Certificate level in order to be considered for this part of the programme. Applicants not meeting this criterion but with significant post qualification experience will be considered with a supporting reference.
If you cannot commit to 20 hours of study per week or do not hold a degree you may be interested in our alternative Level 5 Teaching Diploma in Strategic Teaching Support for Dyslexia and Literacy (DADIP61) CPD Pathway or Fast-Track graduate routes
Are there any live tutorials?
There are no ‘live’ one-to-one tutorials or meeting provisions within the modules or requirements to be online at particular/set times of the day).
The Dyslexia Action Professional Programme is a competency-assessed programme. Supervised teaching is an essential part of module DAPP21-02: Specialist Literacy Teaching – Linking Theory to Practice and supervised assessment for Modules DAPP21-03 and DAPP21-04. Tutors will supervise the practical work by giving support and feedback on the teaching practice, observed assessment administrations, lesson plans, teaching practice and evaluations. Candidates submit filmed recordings of some of the practical work.
Working with a learner
Participants are required to find learners whose main difficulties are with literacy and who are not currently receiving any other form of specialist teaching support.
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).
Teaching practice and assessment administration
Teaching practice and assessment administrations must be undertaken within a managed educational setting i.e., a government registered school, college or other government registered educational setting. It is not permitted for participants to undertake teaching practice or assessment administration in their own home or the learner’s family home.
Will I need a DBS?
As a Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure is a requirement for working with children and young people, the person you choose to use for any practical teaching should be someone within your school or workplace, where you will already have a DBS Enhanced Disclosure. We reserve the right to request your DBS information from you. For further information please visit: gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service
Please note: You can only refer to yourself as a specialist teacher/practitioner/assessor if you already hold a teaching qualification, without a teaching qualification you would refer to yourself as a specialist practitioner/assessor.
Further details can be found in The Level 7 Programme Syllabus above.
The assessment strategy for this programme covers both theoretical and practical elements and is designed to develop practical skills in specialist teaching and assessment and encourage evaluation of the research and evidence-based, so that theory is integrated into practice. A combination of assessment tools is used and these include:
After completion of the Postgraduate Diploma Specialist Assessment and Teaching for Literacy-Related Difficulties (DAPP21-01, 02, 03 and 04) you will become a fully qualified Assessor which gives you eligibility to apply for an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC). You may also be interested in completing the Enquiry Module (M12 – 60 credits) with our sister company Real Training to gain the MEd Professional Practice in Dyslexia and Literacy.
For full details regarding progression see the programme brochure above.
The Dyslexia Action Postgraduate programme is a competency-assessed course at Level 7, Master’s level, which requires tutor assessment of the candidate undertaking teaching and assessment. This means that other academic programmes that have not included competency assessment or are at a lower level (e.g. Level 5 or Level 6) will not qualify for accreditation of prior learning (APL).
For further details see: Recognition of Prior Learning
Cost: £7,900 + VAT (payable in four instalments)
Step 1: Download, complete and save the Application Form |(including the entry essay).
Step 2: Complete your registration through this link and upload your completed application form, degree certificate and ID.
Professional Practice Materials
Applicants should note that the Dyslexia Action Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma qualifications are intended for individuals who wish to work as specialist literacy teachers and/or assessors in educational settings. You will need personal copies of your own test materials, books and resources on the course and you will then be able to use these for your own professional practice following the course. Costs for DAPP21-01 will amount to around £60 for the core texts.
The Diploma modules will require significant investment in psychometric assessment test materials which is in addition to the course fees. There is a Study Purchase Scheme for key assessment test batteries operated by the Dyslexia Action Shop. These test materials are resources that you will be able to use in your future professional practice once you qualify. You may also be able to borrow tests from your school or college or for a limited time from the Dyslexia Guild Library.
You will be sent a full list of required resources including assessment tests, practical teaching materials, books and materials once you have registered for the course.
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 Postgraduate Diploma: Specialist Assessment and Teaching for Literacy-Related Difficulties confers eligibility for Member of The Dyslexia Guild (MDG) recognised as the first grade of professional membership for a specialist teacher/practitioner/assessor and is awarded and quality assured by Middlesex University. This means that you will receive a Middlesex award upon successful completion.
British Dyslexia Association for Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association – AMBDA* (subject to approval) and PATOSS for Associate membership.
*further terms/requirements may apply
Candidates will automatically become student members of The Dyslexia Guild for the first year of their course while they are actively studying on a Postgraduate Certificate: Specialist Teaching or Postgraduate Diploma: Specialist Assessment and Teaching Programme with Dyslexia Action. The Dyslexia Guild is a membership network and professional association for practitioners in Dyslexia and SpLD, which aims to promote discussion, information and best practice as well as keep members informed of developments in the field through publication and distribution of topical news, updates and maintenance of an up-to-date library.
The Guild provides its members with a wealth of information relating to dyslexia and SpLDs through its online library (the National Resource Centre for Dyslexia), a single-easy to access online platform that produces focused search results accessible by members 24/7. The library is supported by a Chartered Librarian and provides a unique, e-resource collection, covering the fields of dyslexia and other co-occurring difficulties. Participants have access to an online collection of over 800 specialist e-books, hard copy books and resources as well as simultaneous access to an online EBSCO database of over 1,600 full-text education and psychology journals.