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Level 7 Professional Diploma in Dyslexia and Literacy

Diploma in Dyslexia

This Level 7 Professional Diploma in Dyslexia and Literacy is only available to those individuals who already hold a Specialist Teaching Qualification such as the Dyslexia Action Level 7 Certificate in Structured Teaching Intervention, Level 5 Diploma in Strategic Teaching Support for Dyslexia and Literacy, OCR Level 5 (with ATS) or other BDA accredited courses.

The Dyslexia Action Professional Diploma in Dyslexia and Literacy is a unique and prestigious programme at Master’s level 7 that provides the training for qualified teachers to become informed practitioners and specialist assessors. The courses are modular and flexible and are undertaken part time, through online learning.

  • The modules explore the psychometric assessment process; the critical evaluation process for the selection of appropriate assessment tools and provide the underpinning knowledge for the construction of a professional diagnostic report
  • Participants are then able to link assessment findings to remediation strategies explored across the programme
  • The final module focuses on research methodology and leads to a dissertation proposal that can be taken forward to the MEd programme that follows

Course Content

The Professional Diploma in Dyslexia and Literacy comprises THREE modules at Level 7 which provides training as a specialist assessor AND a rigorous level 7 course gaining 60 credits towards a Master’s (postgraduate) level qualification with Middlesex University London. The three 20 credit modules are:

Module D: Assessment of Literacy Related Difficulties

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)

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
    work/practice
  • 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.

Module F: Research in Language and Learning

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

  • Select and critically evaluate current theoretical perspectives on the study of and
    assessment for dyslexia and the associated codes of professional practice and demonstrate
    how they apply to work/practice.
  • Systematically analyse the steps in the research process in order to demonstrate
    understanding of the methodological underpinnings that precede the execution of a project
    plan, and critically reflect on the ways in which engagement with others contributes to the
    development of the selected approach.
  • Demonstrate critical evaluation through the development of a preliminary literature review
    and a project proposal which is designed to make changes to professional work and
    practice, and persuasively communicate the outcomes to other practitioners, stakeholders
    and academic audiences.
  • Critically evaluate own role in the strategic support of staff development needs with
    reference to Special Educational Needs and Disability and reflect upon own ability to ensure
    learning outcomes and learning experiences are enhanced and how the process has
    changed and developed professional practice.

How the course works?

Each module is divided into separate topics and these will be taught by tutors who specialise in that area. You must complete the modules in the sequence given for the particular program.
Candidates are only allowed to enroll for one module at a time. If you fail a module you will be able to undertake a resubmission 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.

How is the programme delivered?

  • An e-learning course which uses a virtual learning environment (VLE), currently Moodle,
    as the method of delivery. The programme encompasses interactive online study along
    with teaching and assessment.
  • Flexibility for learning in a personalised way which enables studying to be fitted around
    personal and professional commitments.
  • Regular support from a team of specialist tutors to guide you through the postgraduate
    level study.

Entry Requirements

  • The Dyslexia Action Professional  Diploma in Dyslexia and Literacy  is only available to those individuals who already hold a Specialist Teaching Qualification such as the Dyslexia Action Level 7 Certificate in Structured Teaching Intervention, Level 5 Diploma in Strategic Teaching Support for Dyslexia and Literacy, OCR Level 5 (with ATS) or other BDA or Guild accredited courses.
  • Please refer to the brochure below and to the Accreditation of Prior Learning document below for further information.

How much does it cost?

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 date

Pay Online at the time of registration

  • Module D £1650+ VAT
  • Module E £1650+ VAT
  • Module F £1400+ VAT

* Please note there is an additional fee of £25(Plus VAT) for any payments not made online at the time of registration by credit/debit card

* Please click here for Information about Reclaiming VAT

* Price includes Student Membership of the Dyslexia Guild while the participant is actively studying on a three module programme and for the first year of the programme only.

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How can I apply?

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

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

Entry Sept 2018: Apply by 15 July 2018
Entry Jan 2019: Apply by 18 Nov 2018
Entry April 2019: Apply by Feb 2019

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 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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