Taught course

Specific Learning Difficulties

Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally need to:

  • have a UK honours degree or international equivalent*
  • have a minimum of two year’s teaching experience
  • be able to satisfy on application that they are able to undertake all the programme related tasks

*Applicants must have qualified at level 6 - a foundation degree does not meet our entry requirements.

Up to 60 credits can be claimed by teachers who have already undertaken a post graduate award in Specific Learning Difficulties that is BDA accredited at Approved Teacher Status (ATS) or Approved Practitioner (APS) level.

We will also consider applications from professionals in related fields, such as speech therapists, educational psychologists and occupational therapists.

Applicants should clearly state whether they have QTS on their application form as the award given by the BDA at the end of year 1 will be Approved Practitioner Status (APS) not Approved Teacher Status (ATS) for those practitioners.

Months of entry


Course content

These are nationally recognised qualifications designed for teachers of children and young adults who are experiencing specific learning difficulties in literacy. They are accredited by the British Dyslexia Association* at Approved Teacher Status (ATS) level or Approved Practitioner Status (APS) in year 1 and Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) in year 2. Exit awards are available at the end of year 1 (PG Cert SpLD) and year 2 (PG Dip SpLD) for those not wishing to take the full master’s degree.

Courses are principally designed to enable classroom practitioners gain a high level of knowledge and skill so that they can expertly meet the needs of learners with specific learning difficulties (SpLDs).

There is a supervised teaching practice consisting of 20 hours one-to-one teaching in year 1 and a further 10 hours in year 2 in order to meet BDA requirements. There is an additional, mandatory fee of £325 per study year for this which covers the observation and assessment of two one hour lessons, two individual tutorials with AMBDA tutors, and support with report writing and lesson planning via feedback on drafts.

Information for international students

For more information to support your studies in the UK, including course details, how to apply, and living in the UK visit www.mmu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

UK students
UK and EU students part-time £700 per 30 credit unit. A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits. There is also a fee associated with BDA Accreditation, last year this was £240 but may increase for 2014 and will be subject to inflation.

Please check the latest Postgraduate prospectus for information on the tuition fees for each course. For further information on potential sources of funding for postgraduate students, visit www.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-60 months


part time
24 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)161 247 6969