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Level 7 Professional Certificate in Structured Teaching Intervention for Dyslexia and Literacy


The Professional Certificate in Dyslexia in Structured Teaching Intervention is a unique and prestigious programme at Master’s level 7 (postgraduate) that provides the training for qualified teachers to become informed practitioners and specialist teachers. The courses are modular and flexible and are undertaken part time, through online learning.

  • The Certificate course is for those who wish to study at Master’s level to become a specialist teacher of dyslexia/SpLD and gain university credits
  • All practitioners train using the Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme (DALP)

Course Content

The Professional Certificate in Structured Teaching Intervention comprises THREE modules at Level 7 which provide training as a specialist teacher AND a rigorous level 7 course gaining 60 credits towards a Master’s level qualification with Middlesex University London. The three 20 credit modules are:

Module A: Perspectives of Dyslexia and Literacy – 20 credits

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

  • Critically evaluate a range of current research perspectives and definitions of dyslexia.
  • Examine the influence of a range of factors on the typical and atypical acquisition of
    communication, language and literacy skills.
  • Critically analyze learners’ performance with reference to a range of cognitive processes.
  • Critically evaluate the ways in which dyslexia can disrupt mathematical development.

Module B: Principles of Assessment for Dyslexia and Literacy – 20 credits

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

  • Examine the construct “intelligence” and methods used to quantify it
  • Critically evaluate the role of statistical analysis in the interpretation of assessment results
  • Appraise the appropriateness of assessment tests and techniques for a variety of purposes
  • Appraise a range of factors that can affect learners’ performance in an assessment situation

Module C: Structured Teaching Intervention for Dyslexia  and Literacy – 20 credits

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

  • Critically analyse the importance of providing structured, sequential, cumulative,
    multisensory tuition in supporting learners with dyslexia and co-occurring difficulties
  • Examine the roles that phonological, morphological and orthographical awareness play in
    literacy development.
  • Critically analyse the cognitive and perceptual processes involved in a range of learning and
    studying activities
  • Plan, prepare, teach and evaluate a teaching intervention that effectively addresses the
    individual study needs of a learner with literacy difficulties

After completion of Modules A, B & C you can study Modules D and E which will enable you to become a fully qualified Diagnostic Assessor and gives you eligibility to apply for an Assessment Practising Certificate.

How the Teaching Certificate 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 enrol 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.

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

  • A Degree (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Education honours degree)
    plus Qualified Teacher Status (QTS or QTLS) plus recent and relevant teaching experience.


  •  A Degree (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Education honours degree)
    plus recent and relevant professional experience e.g. further or higher education support,
    employment support, independent school teaching or psychology or occupational/ speech
    and language therapy.


  • At least two years recent and relevant experience in a dyslexia/literacy support setting
  • Excellent spoken and written English IELTS 7 for applicants with English as a Second Language. For further information see the IELTS website www.ielts.org
  • Candidates applying for the Diploma part of the programme should normally have a final
    grade of Good Pass (60% -65%) at Certificate level in order to be considered for this part of
    the programme. Applicants not meeting this criteria but with significant post qualification
    experience will be considered with a supporting reference.

Applicants who do not fulfil all the requirements above may be considered for ‘special entry’ if they can demonstrate other relevant academic and professional experience. Such applicants are advised to apply in the first instance and fully explain their experience in their application statement.  If you do not hold a degree you may be interested in our Level 5 Diploma in Strategic Teaching Support for Dyslexia and Literacy (DADIP61).

How much does it cost?

Fees 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 A £1,250+ VAT
  • Module B £1,250+ VAT
  • Module C  £1650  + 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.

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 Jan 2020: Apply by Nov 2019
Entry April 2020: Apply by Feb 2020
Entry Sept 2020: Apply by Jul 2020


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