Taught course

Dyslexia Research and Practice

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

Entry requirements

To apply you do not need to be a qualified teacher. You do need:

  • the support of your setting
  • to have been supporting/teaching for two years full time (or equivalent) by completion of the BDA accreditation awards
  • to have undergone a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check if appropriate
  • a minimum of a 2:2 honours, where a degree is held.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

This course aims to provide you with the professional attributes to make a real difference to children, young people and adults with specific learning differences (dyslexia). You will have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to act as a specialist teacher and/or assessor for dyslexia in line with British Dyslexia Association (BDA) requirements.

Why Study Dyslexia Research and Practice with us?

Our courses allow study for the ATS/APS or AMBDA for either Schools or FE/HE, making it suitable for those who need the relevant qualifications to be Non-Medical Helpers in HE, plus those working in FE. We have also introduced the ATS/APS Dyscalculia/Numeracy course for those who wish to specialise in dyslexia/SpLD and maths difficulties.

When learning to assess for the Postgraduate Diploma, we have copies of the main standardised tests which our students can borrow.

The Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma are both at Level 7, giving the successful candidate 120 CAT points of the 180 needed for an MA, therefore putting an MA within reach alongside the BDA accreditation.

On completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply to the British Dyslexia Association for: Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) - Schools or FE/HE; Approved Teacher Status of the British Dyslexia Association (ATS/BDA); Approved Practitioner Status of the British Dyslexia Association (APS/BDA) for Schools, FE/HE or Dyscalculia/Numeracy, depending on options chosen.

How will I be taught?

You will attend six face-to-face weekend schools each year, comprising lectures, group sessions and tutorial support.

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

Attendance is 5-7pm on Fridays and 9.30am-4pm on Saturdays.

How will I be assessed?

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

Please note: Masters students in receipt of a postgraduate loan cannot bring prior credit (APL) into their programme of study.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    36-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Professional accreditation by the British Dyslexia Association.

Course contact details

Faculty of Education and Children's Services