Language, Literacies and Dyslexia

University of Birmingham

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36 months
5665 GBP/year
3571 GBP/year
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The Language, Literacies and Dyslexia programme from the University of Birmingham, is aimed at teachers, speech and language therapists and other professionals working with children, young people and students in further and higher education at pre-16 and FE/HE education levels who have difficulties with learning literacy skills.

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The  Language, Literacies and Dyslexia programme from the University of Birmingham provides a broad and critical perspective of language literacies and literacy difficulties/dyslexia through sociocultural and cognitive research, as well as education policies. 

It embraces school and further educational demands of literacy skills, the demands of family and social literacy practices, and peer demands of new literacies, such as digital literacies. 

The programme establishes the fundamental relationship between language and literacy in typical and atypical development. Students study literacy difficulties/dyslexia in contexts of monolingual, multilingual (e.g. FL/SL/AL) and multimodal (e.g. digital literacies).

Studying at a distance means you can work from anywhere, such as in your home or workplace in the UK or overseas. All your studies will be in English and it is a requirement that you practice in an educational context of monolingual, additional English (EAL/ESL/EFL) or other languages. Reference would be made to contexts that are bi/multilingual and multimodal.


The aim of the Language, Literacies and dyslexia course is to enable practitioners to identify/assess and support learners with literacy difficulties at various levels (primary, secondary, FE/HE) - in monolingual and bi/multilingual contexts. 

The PGCert level of this course focuses on monolingual education while one aspect of the PGDip level of the course (second module) focuses on bi/multilingual, SL, FL, AL learners with literacy difficulties. Your MEd dissertation can be in any area associated with the field of literacy difficulties/dyslexia.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Dyslexia, language and literacies in development 
  • Key perspectives on dyslexia – The Graduated Approach 
  • Intervention and curriculum management for specific learning difficulties    
  • Identification and assessment of specific learning Difficulties (SpLD)/Dyslexia
  • Dyslexia in multi/bilingual environments 
  • Special Studies in Special Education

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a degree (2.1 or equivalent)
  • access to at least one typically developing learner
  • professional access to working with learners who have literacy difficulties, e.g. as a teacher, teaching assistant, SLT, OT. Access in parental or voluntary capacity does not meet this criterion
  • opportunities to work with at least three learners with literacy difficulties
  • access to filming yourself for the observed practice tasks engaging in specialist teaching with selected learners
  • two years professional practice experience is highly recommended for Masters level study in literacy difficulties
  • For those seeking BDA certificates (ATS/APS, AMBDA) a minimum of two years of teaching experience is essential

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5665 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5665 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3571 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3571 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • PGCert/PGDip/PGDip (AMBDA enhanced): £3,225
  • MEd (AMBDA enhanced): £3,571


  • PGCert/PGDip/PGDip (AMBDA Enhanced): £5,665
  • MEd (AMBDA Enhanced): £5,665


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