Taught course

Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties

University of Birmingham · School of Education

Entry requirements

Applicants need to have:

  • a degree (2.1 or equivalent);
  • access to at least one typically developing learner;
  • professional access to working with learners who have literacy difficulties, e.g. as a teacher, teaching assistant, SLT, OT. Access in parental or voluntary capacity does not meet this criterion;
  • opportunities to work with at least three learners with literacy difficulties
  • access to filming yourself for the observed practice tasks engaging in specialist teaching with selected learners
  • two years professional practice experience is highly recommended for Masters level study in literacy difficulties.

Months of entry


Course content

The Language, Literacies and Dyslexia programme, is aimed at teachers, language teachers, speech and language therapists and other professionals working with children, young people and students in further and higher education at pre-16 and FE/HE education levels who have difficulties with learning literacy skills.

This distance learning masters level programme is essential for practitioners seeking to become specialist practitioners, employable to assess and teach learners with dyslexia and literacy difficulties of school age or in further/higher educationin monolingual as well as bi/multilingual contexts. Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) level of the course meets the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) criteria in practical assessments and allows students to apply for the BDA professional qualification.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification
    12 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
0121 414 5005