Taught course

Specific Learning Difficulties / Dyslexia

Bath Spa University · School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants (with the exception of speech and language therapists and psychologists) should have a first degree in Education or linked pedagogy and, ideally, two years of teaching experience. If you already have a recognised SpLD/dyslexia qualification at ATS level, you can apply to use this prior qualification to gain entry to the Assessment Methodology module as Accreditation for Prior Learning (APL) towards the Masters or PG Dip in SpLD/dyslexia as well as using this to top up your BDA qualification to AMBDA level.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Well-established and highly regarded modules that develop extensive knowledge of SpLD/Dyslexia.
  • Opportunity to gain ATS/APS, AMBDA and APC accreditation from the British Dyslexia Association.
  • Modules delivered as twilight sessions to accommodate combined study and employment.

The inclusion and achievement of students with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) within mainstream education is an important current focus within educational policy. By acquiring specialist teaching and assessment skills, you’ll broaden your career opportunities within and beyond the school and college context.

The MA in SpLD/ Dyslexia encompasses modules which integrate theory and practice in relation to SpLD/ dyslexia and inclusion. You’ll study through workshops, case studies and assignments, justifying your professional practice through research. Modules comprise taught sessions and assessed projects, and can be completed full-time in one year or part-time in up to five years.

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.

Information for international students

Equivalence of overseas students academic qualifications is assessed according to guidelines published by NARIC. Non-native English speakers will need minimum IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 550 or equivalent. For further information visit our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For further information visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
72 months


part time
72 months
full time
12 months


part time
12 months
full time
4 months


part time
24 months
full time
9 months

Further details of qualification

The MA/MTeach SpLD/Dyslexia runs over three semesters. Students who complete the first semester gain a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits). Students who complete the programme after the second semester gain a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). Students who complete their dissertation in the third semester gain an MA/MTeach SpLD/Dyslexia (180 credits).

Course contact details

Dr Tilly Mortimore
+44 (0)1225 876118