Bath Spa University

Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)

Newton Park Campus
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Location: Newton Park Campus


Study mode full-time

Degree: Certificate

Start Date: 2019/10/01

Duration: 6 months

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A British Dyslexia Association (BDA) accredited Certificate in dyslexia and specific learning difficulties (SpLD).

  • Develop extensive knowledge of SpLD/Dyslexia through well-established and highly regarded modules.
  • Benefit from the opportunity to gain Approved Teacher/Practitioner Status (ATS/APS) from the BDA.
  • Learn through a mixture of daytime, weekend and twilight sessions designed to help you combine study and employment.
Broaden your individual career opportunities within and beyond the school context. If you're a teacher, or you already work in education (with school-aged learners), this course has been designed with you in mind. Approximately 10% of learners have dyslexia. Schools recognise that they need to understand, identify and support children with dyslexia. By acquiring specialist teaching and assessment skills around dyslexia, you’ll be a valuable addition to the school team. Our PGCert in SpLD/Dyslexia comprises two 30 credit modules that integrate both theory and practice. You’ll study through workshops, case studies and assignments, justifying your professional practice through research. Modules comprise taught sessions and assessed projects. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES This academic qualification alongside your vocational training course will enhance your CV and job opportunities in a highly competitive field. It will also provide Continuing Professional Development (CPD) specific to your professional needs and requirements.

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Entry requirements

Applicants (with the exception of speech and language therapists and psychologists) should have a 1st degree in education or linked pedagogy and, ideally, 2 years of teaching experience. If the applicant already has recognised SpLD/Dyslexia qualification at ATS level, they can apply to use this prior qualification to gain entry to the Assessment Methodology module as Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) towards the Master’s or PG Dip in SpLD/Dyslexia, as well as using this to top up their BDA qualification to AMBDA level.

Language qualifications

IELTS: 6.5 (a minimum of 5.5 in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.)

Notice: This is the default IELTS grade for Bath Spa University.

About this university

International students

There are various resources available to international students to make the transition to their new home easier and help them to get the most out of their new environment. There are International Student support pages filled with information ranging from immigration and visas information, financial services and even help with learning English, if this isn't a student's first language, through the Writing and Learning Centre. There is advice and help for those seeking to combine working with their studies as well as for those bringing their families with them while they are studying. There are also cultural and interest groups through the student union of interest to international students. The main Student Union facilities are on the Newton Park campus, though there are satellite branches on all campuses. The union operates a bar, cafe, a shop and gym as well as organising various annual events. These include a series of Fresher events as well as summer and winter balls. The union even has its own student card, called Student Zest that offers discounts to students across 100 local businesses. In addition, it operates some 20 sports societies, 10 sports clubs and 40 interest societies. There are sports facilities for everything from football and rugby to netball as well as fitness and wellbeing sports.

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