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Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties

12 months
6810 GBP/year
3540 GBP/year
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This Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties course from University of Birmingham is an online programme in the field of literacy difficulties and dyslexia. It is designed to prepare practitioners to critically evaluate and develop evidence-based practice to support learners with dyslexia and other literacy difficulties.


The Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties course from University of Birmingham draws on a range of research literature and policy to explore the typical development of literacy skills and how our understanding of these can enable us to identify those with literacy difficulties. You will have an opportunity to explore the current debate on dyslexia and critically evaluate different theories of why difficulties with literacy may occur. 

You will be supported to design, implement, and critically evaluate individual literacy programmes for learners with literacy difficulties in a variety of learning environments (mono/bi/multi/FL/AL/SL). Those who choose the AMBDA option will be further supported in the principles of psychometric testing and conducting assessments of learners with literacy difficulties. 

The programme particularly welcomes applications from students working in multi/bilingual contexts that include learners with dyslexia/literacy difficulties.


The qualification will allow you to apply for a range of careers in supporting learners with literacy difficulties and dyslexia, including working in schools, colleges, and universities.

Successful completion of the AMBDA module will allow you to apply for an Assessment Practicing Certificate. This qualification allows the holder to assess for dyslexia in the UK and certain other jurisdictions. It also allows the holder to assess for and stipulate access arrangements in public examinations. For those who decide to continue their studies and complete an MEd in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs (ISEN), there are opportunities to work in a range of roles in higher education institutions such as Universities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Understanding literacies difficulties
  • Discussing Dyslexia
  • Intervention and curriculum management for specific learning difficulties

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
First Class

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You are are required to have a first degree in a related field and professional access to learners with literacy difficulties.

  • Applicants are also required to have at least two years’ experience of working with learners with literacy difficulties. For those working with children, it is expected that the student has been subject to the necessary checks in their jurisdiction.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6810 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6810 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    3540 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3540 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.


  • PGCert AMBDA £4,720
  • PGCert AMBDA £9,080


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