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The Level 5 Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme (DALP) – DAAWD85

The Level 5 Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme (DALP) Award for Practitioners – DAAWD85 

Level 5 Dyskexia

This Level 5 Award provides a structured guide to the Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme (DALP) which can be used in school or college settings or with individuals of any reading age in private practice.  It is only suitable for qualified and experienced specialist SpLD teachers/practitioners.  The course consists of practical activities based on case studies and provides the core DALP handbooks (a learner is not required for any part of this course).

Please note: This award does not include a Teaching Intervention delivery.  Those experienced specialist SpLD teachers/practitioners seeking guided practical experience using DALP should look at our Level 5 Certificate in Strategic Teaching Support for Dyslexia and Literacy (DACRT60).

If you are not already a specialist SpLD teacher/practitioner but would like to train, please see:
Routes to train as a Specialist SpLD Teacher/Practitioner

Entry Requirements

This Award is only suitable for:

Qualified SpLD specialist teachers/practitioners with a Level 5 specialist SpLD or Postgraduate Level 7 specialist SpLD  teaching qualification (ADG Dyslexia Guild or ATS/APS British Dyslexia Association). 
Suitable qualifying courses include, but are not restricted to:

  • Dyslexia Action Professional/Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma qualifications in Dyslexia and Literacy (University of York)
  • Dyslexia Action Alpha to Omega Level 4/5 course
  • Dyslexia Institute Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma qualifications
  • Hornsby Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Teaching
  • Other BDA Accredited Level 5 or 7 Specialist Teaching qualifications* Please note additional pre-entry courses may be required depending on the qualification gained at level 5 and the completion date.

Discover the Course Content

The Award consists of two set units, each of one term.

DACPD81: Principles of Literacy Intervention for Learners with Dyslexia and other Literacy-related Difficulties

  • This unit raises awareness of the key elements and rationale of effective literacy intervention practice using the Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme (DALP) as an example. Participants will explore the complex relationships between sounds and development. The analysis of the different strands of DALP will enable participants to appreciate the range of factors to consider when planning strategic, structured support for learners with dyslexia and literacy related difficulties.

DACPD82: Structured, Sequential Literacy Support and the Placement Process

  • This unit is designed to enable participants to collect placement data and to develop the necessary knowledge and skills to ascertain a learner’s ideal entry point on the Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme (DALP). Further in-depth analysis of the different strands of DALP will enable participants to reflectively and effectively plan strategic, structured support for learners with dyslexia and literacy-related difficulties.

How is the course delivered?

The core curriculum is delivered by means of a range of e-learning resources. These include presentations, articles, exercises, videos and follow-up activities and tasks for participants to carry out at intervals. Participants compile logs to monitor their engagement with Unit materials.  Each log is tutor reviewed at the end of each unit.

This Award is an intensive course which generally takes around one term to complete, part time and requires an average of 8-10 hours of study per week. The first Unit is offered in April, September and January each year. Units must be followed sequentially, following the course schedule.

How much does it cost?

  • £935 +VAT payable in two instalments:
    • First Payment of £535 +VAT
    • Second Payment of £400 +VAT

Dyslexia Guild members receive a £60 incs.VAT discount from the total award, please ensure you are logged in before completing the registration form to receive the discount (the discount cannot be applied in retrospect).

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Please note: This course is not suitable for those without some knowledge of specialist literacy teaching and a structured multi-sensory literacy programme.  Anyone who has recently studied the Dyslexia Action Professional programme – Module C (within the last 4 years) or Unit 3/83 of the Dyslexia Action Level 5 Strategic Teaching Certificate will find that there is considerable overlap in content.

Please note this course is only suitable for qualified and experienced SpLD teachers/practitioners:


Our Level 4 and 5 CPD programme is approved by The CPD Standards Office.

Our Level 4 and 5 CPD programme is approved by The CPD Standards Office and you receive a certificate from Dyslexia Action upon completion.

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