Taught course

Dyscalculia Research and Practice

University of Chester · Faculty of Education and Children's Services

Entry requirements

At least two years’ experience of working with learners experiencing difficulties with maths/numbers is required. A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree is preferable, and experience is important.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Dyscalculia Research and Practice is a nationally recognised qualification for teachers of children and young people who are experiencing specific learning difficulties in mathematics.

This course aims to cover the practical teaching aspect of those with numeracy difficulties and dyscalculia to enable you to act as a ‘Specialist Teacher’ delivering and evaluating multi-sensory, structured and cumulative numeracy programmes. The Postgraduate Diploma develops an understanding of psychometric assessments leading to qualifying as an assessor for maths difficulties/dyscalculia. This will be underpinned by theoretical aspects to support a critical understanding of key research and current debate.

Why Study Dyscalculia Research and Practice with us?

We are a key provider in the field of specific learning difficulties. The University of Chester is also a centre of excellence for research around maths teaching, and the combination of these two strands of knowledge and experience make this an ideal course for us. The Postgraduate Certificate was introduced, by us, in 2017 as a trial and it has proved so successful we are now able to widen participation.

The Postgraduate Diploma and MA were introduced in 2019. The University of Chester is the first provider to deliver this course nationally.

How will I be taught?

You will be expected to attend 5pm – 7pm on Fridays and 9.30am – 4pm on Saturdays, six times a year: three times in the Autumn term, two times in the Spring, and one time, plus tutorials, in the summer term. These will comprise lectures, group sessions, workshops and tutorial support.

Teaching presentations and course materials are downloadable from the University’s Moodle site. You will be expected to independently follow up reading and commit to individual study (about six hours per week – though this will vary).

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through case studies, essays, and a portfolio related to your practice.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Faculty of Education and Children's Services