University of South Wales

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: University of South Wales (Prifysgol De Cymru)

SEN/ALN (Specific Learning Difficulties) (Taught)

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Course summary

Accredited by the British Dyslexia Association for AMBDA, this SpLD course is ideal if you have at least two years’ experience of working with students with specific learning difficulties and want a qualification to be able to assess and diagnose dyslexia. This course is also recognised by the Joint Council for Qualifications as the appropriate training for completing Access Arrangements in Secondary Schools. The Postgraduate Diploma SEN Specific Learning Difficulties may also be of interest to other approved professionals such as speech and language or occupational therapists and educational psychologists. Completion of this SpLD course allows you to apply to the British Dyslexia Association for either Approved Teacher Status (ATS or ATS HE/FE) or an Associate Membership of the BDA (AMBDA or AMBDA FE/HE).


•Understanding Learning Difficulties and Disabilities •Specific Learning Difficulties •Managing and Supporting Children and Young People with Specific Learning Difficulties •Research Methodology

Assessment method

The first module is assessed on the basis of a written assignment of 5,000 words (or equivalent). The second module is assessed in two ways. For students seeking a professional award, the successful completion of 30 hours of teaching experience and assessment of relevant files (equivalent to 5,000 words). For other participants, one 5,000 word assignment, or the equivalent.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Dyslexia Association

Entry requirements

Qualified Teacher Status plus teaching experience or a minimum of two years’ experience of supporting students with literacy difficulties in further or Higher Education. Students choosing modules which have a placement component as part of the assessment process will need to provide evidence of a current enhanced DBS check (or its equivalent if you are an EU or international student). If English is not your first language you should be able to demonstrate a level of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (minimum score of 5.5 in each band).

Fees and funding

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SEN/ALN (Specific Learning Difficulties) at University of South Wales - UCAS