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Level 7 Professional Diploma in Dyslexia and Literacy

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Entry Requirements

Course Content - Modules, Learning Outcomes and University Credits

The Professional Diploma in Dyslexia comprises THREE modules at Level 7 which provides training as a specialist assessor (you must complete the modules in the sequence given) gaining 60 credits towards a Master’s level (postgraduate) qualification with Middlesex University London. The three 20 credit modules are:

Module D: Assessment of Literacy Related Difficulties – 20 credits

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) – 20 credits

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
  • 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 – 20 credits

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.

Supervised assessment is an essential part of Modules D and E.  Participants are required to find learners who have not recently (within the past year) been assessed using the assessment tools within the module. Participants will be expected to select a learner in the age range in which they have trained, and teaching practice must be undertaken within a DfE registered or independent school and should be covered by the school DBS check and safeguarding arrangements (this does not apply to those based overseas although the school or college should be a registered organisation through the state authority). Further details can be found in the brochure above.

Please note:

  • Candidates are only allowed to enrol and pay for one module at a time. If you do not pass a module you will be able to undertake a re-submission 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.

After completion of Modules D, E and F in addition to being a holder of a Level 5 or Level 7 SpLD Teaching qualification you have eligibility to apply for an
Assessment Practising Certificate.

Progression - is this Diploma in Dyslexia part of a wider programme?

  • We offer an MEd Professional Practice in Dyslexia and Literacy programme, for further details click here 

Please read our APL document before applying Accreditation of Prior Learning 2019-2020


The Postgraduate Level programmes delivered by Dyslexia Action Training can lead to the award of credit points, as indicated, by Middlesex University

The Dyslexia Action Professional Programme is eligible for Member (MDG) of The Dyslexia Guild. and accredited by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA).

Fees and payment

Fees for the diploma in dyslexia 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 start date.

Pay Online at the time of module registration (UK and Overseas):

  • Module B £1,650 +VAT *
  • Module D £1,650 +VAT *
  • Module E £1,400 +VAT.*

* Please note there is a Pay later 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 modules.

How to 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 1st Sept 2020: Apply by 17 July 2020.
Entry Jan 2021: Apply by Nov 2020 applications will open August 2020.
Entry April 2021: Apply by Feb 2021 applications will open December 2020.

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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