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

Develop the knowledge and skills to become a dyslexia expert in a school.

This course supports teachers and professionals working in education to identify, assess, plan intervention for, teach and support students with specific learning difficulties (SpLD).

You’ll develop your understanding of the problems children and adolescents with SpLD in literacy experience. You’ll examine the debates about the nature and causes of literacy-related learning difficulties, such as whether dyslexia is inherited or what the term ‘dyslexia’ means.

You’ll study topics including memory, phonetics, motivating students, and the effect of the environment. You’ll also explore the controversies surrounding the form of support children require, such as computer programmes and visual therapies.

Some of the practical skills you’ll learn include how to write assessment reports, how to teach using a structured, multisensory approach, and how to plan appropriate intervention strategies.

On the Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in SpLD, you’ll focus on becoming a good specialist teacher of children with dyslexia (up to the age of 18).

On the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in SpLD, you’ll develop your skills both as an assessor and a consultant. This means that you’ll gain the skills and knowledge to take on an advisory role.

Our Masters in SpLD offers you the opportunity to conduct a small-scale research project in your own workplace. You can investigate an aspect of dyslexia you’re particularly interested in, and write about your findings through a dissertation.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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