Taught course

Language, Literacies and Dyslexia

University of Birmingham · School of Education

Entry requirements

In addition to a degree or equivalent, applicants must have at least one year's relevant experience and regular professional access to learners/students with dyslexia-type needs for the duration of the programme through schools and FE/ HE institutions. To obtain the AMBDA award applicants must be qualified teachers with at least two years teaching and support experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The focus of this programme is dyslexia. In the UK, the categories of 'Dyslexia', and 'Specific Learning Difficulties' are distinct from the category of 'Learning Difficulties'. 'Learning Difficulties' in the UK refers to moderate cognitive learning difficulties. Dyslexia refers to needs and difficulties with literacy skills (reading, writing and spelling). Specific Learning Difficulties may include dyslexia in a spectrum of related needs, e.g. difficulties with numeracy, attention, motor co-ordination.

Aims of the programme
The programme aims to equip you with evidence-informed knowledge and skills to assess and teach learners with dyslexia and literacy difficulties. Specifically, it will develop:

  • knowledge and understanding of language, literacy practices and literacy difficulties and dyslexia, and their inter-relationships in monolingual and multilingual contexts and with digital literacies;
  • understanding of 'literacy' as both social practices and cognitive skills;
  • specialist knowledge to assess difficulties in dyslexia and literacy skills;
  • the necessary specialist knowledge and skills to plan, develop and implement intervention in specialist programmes, and in the curriculum taking into account difficulties in literacy skills and dyslexia;
  • evidence-informed practice in the field of dyslexia and literacy difficulties.

You will develop this knowledge critically, within the overall development of children and young people and learn to apply this knowledge to practice with learners in contexts of schools and FE/HE;

Study and assignments will be orientated by critical, reflective and evidence-informed practice and driven by the professional development needs of individual students.

The Department of Disability Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) in the School of Education, has a very strong profile in professional development, regionally, nationally and internationally. The tutors who run this programme have strong national and international profiles in the field of research and practice in language and literacy difficulties and dyslexia.

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Fees and funding


You will need your own teacher reference number if you are applying for NCTL funding.

1. Reference number you need your own Teacher Ref Number, information that NCTL require to process applications.

2. Programme information:

9735 PGCert Language, Literacies and Dyslexia - 12 months

9736 PGDip Language, Literacies and Dyslexia- 24 months

9737 MEd Language, Literacies and Dyslexia - 36 months

Programme dates: 1.9.14 - 29.8.2015

3. Fees Home/EU 2014-2015

9735 PGCert part time £2,380

9736 PGDip part time £2,380 first year; £1,980 second year

9737 MEd part time £2,380 first year; £1,980 second year; £1,980 third year

Postgraduates can apply for scholarships, grants and bursaries from a number of sources, both through the University and through awards that are offered by external organisations such as research councils, trusts or charities.

University Scholarships

The University offers a range of scholarships, some that are administered centrally and some that are offered directly through individual schools and departments. The majority of these scholarships offer support towards fees, although some may also contribute towards living costs.

Competition for these scholarships is mainly based around academic performance, and the number of scholarships offered varies from year to year.

· Centrally managed University scholarships

· Scholarships offered in the College of Arts and Law

· Scholarships offered in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

· Scholarships offered in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences

· Scholarships offered in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

· Scholarships offered in the College of Social Sciences

Scholarships for international students

We offer a range of scholarships for our international students. To assess whether you might quality for a financial scholarship, please visit our international scholarship pages for more information.

Other sources of funding

Sources of non-repayable funding are also available from research councils, government departments, loans, trusts and charities and business and industry. At postgraduate level, the key to ensuring that you are sufficiently funded is to look into every possible avenue of support available and make as many enquiries as you can.

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
24 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005