Specialist Assessment and Teaching of Pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties - Dyslexia 1

Module codes: ED7110, ED7111

Module co-ordinators: Jennifer Cotton and Charlie Pitt-Miller, accredited tutors and associate members, British Dyslexia Association

This option is designed for teachers (and other educational professionals) who want to develop their knowledge and skills in relation to pupils (ages 5-19) who may have dyslexia. As some teaching and assessing forms part of the course, you must have access to such learners and at least one year's experience working with them.

Successful completion of the module will give you 60 Level 7 credits as well as satisfying the requirements of accreditation of the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) approved teacher status (ATS). 

You can continue your study of dyslexia in your second year and gain an advanced accreditation as a dyslexia practitioner by taking Specialist Assessment and Teaching of Pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties: Dyslexia 2

Topics covered

  • Main theories of developmental dyslexia
  • Identifying learners with SpLD
  • Appropriate dyslexia-friendly class and school/college procedures
  • Structured literacy programmes
  • Design, delivery and evaluation of teaching programmes meeting individual students’ needs
  • Implications of legislation regarding the rights of learners with SpLD


  • Tutorials

  • Self-directed study 

  • Nine taught days across the year (provisional dates for 2016/17 - subject to change):

    • Friday 14 October 2016, 9.30am-4.30pm
    • Friday 28 October 2016, 9.30am-4.30pm
    • Friday 4 November 2016, 9.30am-4.30pm
    • Friday 2 December 2016, 9.30am-4.30pm
    • Friday 20 January 2017, 9.30am-4.30pm
    • Friday 3 February 2017, 9.30am-4.30pm
    • Friday 3 March 2017, 9.30am-4.30pm
    • Friday 24 March 2017, 1.30pm-3.30pm
    • Friday 9 June 2017, 9.30am-1.00pm


Module 1

  • Reflective journal
  • Literature review

Module 2

  • Presentation
  • Case study