Taught course

Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)

UCL - University College London · Psychology and Human Development

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university in a relevant subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. A minimum of two years' teaching experience is also a requirement and ideally, appropriate experience of working with children with literacy difficulties. Students will need access to pupils under the age of 16 with literacy difficulties to teach and assess. Students will need DBS clearance for modules two and three and the research report.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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Months of entry


Course content

This leading programme in the field of dyslexia prepares teachers to critically evaluate and develop evidence-based practice to become specialist teachers and specialist assessors of learners with literacy difficulties. This programme is recognised by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) and leads to Approved Teacher Status (ATS), Approved Practitioner Status (APS), and Associate Member of the BDA (AMBDA) and Assessment Practising Certificate (APC).

This programme is taught by a range of leading researchers and professionals in the field of dyslexia. It uniquely offers a rigorous academic programme combined with professional practice qualifications, fully recognised by the British Dyslexia Association and taught at UCL Institute of Education, an internationally recognised university ranked as world number one for education (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020).

Students have access to leading researchers in the field and opportunities to create their own piece of research supervised and guided by the Department of Psychology and Human Development.

We encourage continued contact with our alumni students, who continue to attend professional learning networks that occur regularly during the year.

Critical engagement with current research and evidence-informed practice, supported by professionals and researchers, will enable the participant to reflect on their learning and enhance workplace practice.

Dyslexia is a 'high incident' need in schools (currently there may be as many as 3 or more learners with dyslexia in each class) and schools need to be able to provide appropriate specialist support. This highly regarded programme provides essential knowledge and practical skills and will hugely benefit any staff team as well as being a transformative experience for the individual student. This MA provides the understanding, knowledge and skills required to teach and assess children and young people with literacy difficulties and dyslexia.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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


We encourage students to study over 2/3 years via the Flexible/Modular mode. If you choose to take a government loan, you will need to complete your studies in 2 years part-time. This programme is delivered via a combination of face-to-face lectures (at UCL Institute of Education) and blended learning. Some modules will be delivered fully online. A range of assessment methods are used, including: coursework assignments, portfolio of evidence, recordings of administering assessments and teaching pupils, plus a research report.

Course contact details

+44 (0) 20 3370 1214