Difficulties in Literacy Development and DyslexiaPgCert

About the course

This course focuses on difficulties in literacy acquisition, including dyslexia, among young people and investigates how potential barriers to learning can be ameliorated within educational contexts.

The course includes the elements related to assessment theory and practice required by the Joint Council for Qualifications (2014) in qualifications for specialist teachers who assess pupils and students and make recommendations for access arrangements and reasonable adjustments in relation to external examinations in schools.

This is an online version of the course. All the materials are available through the University’s website so you will be able to study the whole course at a distance. Support from course tutors is available through the website, by email or by telephone.

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  • Course Level - Postgraduate
  • Campus Location - Distance Learning
  • Start Dates - Oct
  • Duration - 1 Year
  • Attendance - Part-time distance learning
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Why choose this course?

  • Study on a course designed for education professionals, which will help equip you to meet a diverse range of learning needs within your teaching environment, and to support your colleagues
  • Explore course content highly relevant to mainstream and special school practitioners alike, focusing on issues related to literacy difficulties and dyslexia in schools, and how potential barriers to learning can be removed
  • Develop your understanding of concepts, theories and approaches to literacy difficulties, including dyslexia, and inclusion in schools, and on your potential for influencing change
  • Gain insight into the learning of dyslexic and other pupils/students who experience difficulties in literacy development/specific learning difficulties, and ways in which learning might be  more effectively supported
  • Benefit from a qualification that could lead you into more specialist roles in Education (such as SENCO) and/or further study (eg the National Award for SEN Co-ordinators), and may also be used as the basis for a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) claim into an MA Education course (Level 7).

What will I learn?

How will I be assessed?

Your individual development is assessed via six diagnostic, formative and summative assessments.

The first assessment in Unit 1 requires reflection on understandings of literacy acquisition and application of understandings to students’ own contexts.

Assessment two focuses on critical reflection on theories of dyslexia, and assignment 3 to application of assessment theory to individual literacy learning difficulties and the design, development, implementation and evaluation of an individual learning plan linked to needs..

Assessments in Unit 2 relate to institutional level: analysis and reflection on current school/college policy on literacy and dyslexia; analysis of areas for improvement in institutional provision for literacy difficulties and dyslexia; and the design, development, implementation and critical evaluation of a small-scale practitioner research project focused on achieving the desired improvement.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country

To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

You must:

  • have qualified teacher status (QTS)
  • be practising teachers working in the area of special educational needs provision in schools
  • study EDC086-6 in advance of EDC088-6
  • have regular (i.e. several times a week) access to a computer

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

This course includes the elements required by the Joint Council for Qualifications (2014) for specialist teachers to assess pupils and students and make recommendations for access arrangements and reasonable adjustments during external examinations.

For this reason, typically graduates of this course either continue working in their own institutions or else are promoted to positions of greater responsibility. Graduates may also wish to continue their postgraduate study through a Masters qualification such as MA Education (Special Educational Needs).

All teachers in schools or colleges are likely to meet young people who experience difficulties in literacy acquisition or dyslexia at some time in their career. This course has been designed for practitioners and will enable you better to understand and address the barriers to achievement in education that those young people may face.
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Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

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At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and funding

The standard fee for a Postgraduate Certificate for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £2.330

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Fees are £4,000

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Facilities

Bedfordshire is a small county with lots to offer.

However you enjoy spending your free time, you won’t have to look far in Bedfordshire to find somewhere to relax, socialise or explore the great outdoors. 

We are also conveniently located around 30 minutes by train from London, offering you the city experience with a homely feel.

Bedfordshire offers:

  • A range of pubs, clubs and restaurants
  • High street and independent shopping
  • Museums, galleries and theatres - and our own University Theatre
  • Entertainment centres
  • Stunning countryside
  • Professional sport and world-class facilities
  • Headquarters of a number of notable UK and international companies
  • Luton International Carnival and Bedford River Festival

Campuses in Buckinghamshire

We also have campuses in Aylesbury and Milton Keynes

How to Apply

UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

EU students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student