Taught course

Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)

UCL - University College London · Psychology and Human Development

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. (There is an additional charge of approximately £65 if you need to obtain DBS clearance.)

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.

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 assessors of learners with literacy difficulties. This programme is recognised by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) for Approved Teacher Status (ATS) Approved Practitioner Status (APS) and Associate Member of the BDA (AMBDA).

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 UCL Institute of Education, an internationally recognised university.

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.

Professional practice is supported by a team of AMBDA specialists. It will provide the understanding, knowledge and skills required to teach and assess children and young people with literacy difficulties.

Fees and funding

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    60 months
      part time
      24 months


      We encourage students to study over 3 years via Flexible Modular mode. If you choose to take a government loan, you will need to complete your studies in 2 years. This programme is delivered via face-to-face daytime lectures and evening sessions at UCL Institute of Education. It is assessed by coursework assignments, recordings of administering assessments and teaching pupils, plus a research report. The Dyslexia Modules are generally taught on Wednesdays, and Research Design and Methodology on Tuesday evenings every Autumn term.

      Course contact details

      +44 (0)20 3370 1214