Taught course

SEN/ALN (Specific Learning Difficulties)

University of South Wales · Faculty of Life Sciences and Education

Entry requirements

Qualified Teacher Status plus teaching experience or a minimum of two years’ experience of supporting students with literacy difficulties in further or Higher Education.

Students choosing modules which have a placement component as part of the assessment process will need to provide evidence of a current enhanced DBS check (or its equivalent if you are an EU or international student).

Months of entry


Course content

Accredited by the British Dyslexia Association at either an approved teacher/practitioner (ATS/APS) level or the associated membership (AMBDA) level, the Postgraduate Diploma SEN/ALN is ideal for those who are working with children, young people or adults with specific learning difficulties and want a recognised qualification in this field, in particular those who are working in Education (SENCos/ALNCOs, specialist teachers, one to one tutors within FE/HE together with learning support staff across a range of settings).

This SEN/ALN course may also of interest to professionals working in health such as Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists and other non-statutory organisations.

The SEN/ALN qualification is also designed to enable experienced practitioners in education and related professions to critically engage in the social, political and global debates relating to the assessment, intervention and learning experiences of children, young people and adults with dyslexia. It will encourage greater understanding and a critical appreciation of the trends and developments in dyslexia assessment and intervention across schools and relevant settings.

The Postgraduate Diploma SEN/ALN course offers an in-depth focus on contemporary perspectives of dyslexia and inclusive practice together with the opportunity to widen students’ theoretical understanding through research and evaluation within their respective professional roles.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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