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Specific Learning Difficulties, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months


They enable schools to have their own dyslexia expert who can identify, assess, plan intervention for, teach and support learners with specific learning difficulties (dyslexia).

These courses support teachers and other professionals in gaining a high level of knowledge and skills so that they can expertly meet the needs of children and adolescents with SpLD and other related literacy difficulties.

On the Postgraduate Certificate in SpLD, you will focus on becoming a good specialist teacher of children with dyslexia (up to the age of 18). In addition, on the Postgraduate Diploma in SpLD, you will develop your skills both as an assessor and a consultant, gaining the skills and knowledge to take on an advisory role.

The Master’s degree in SpLD offers the opportunity for you to conduct a small-scale research project investigating an aspect of dyslexia of personal interest to you in your own workplace.

The SpLD programme will enable you to:

  • Appreciate the problems experienced by learners/students with SpLD (dyslexia) in literacy
  • Examine the debates which take place about the nature and causes of such learning difficulties and the controversies about the form of support required
  • Further your skills in assessing the abilities and difficulties of individual children
  • Write assessment reports for a range of purposes, audiences and individuals
  • Further your competence in devising appropriate intervention strategies
  • Develop skills in teaching, using a structured, multi-sensory approach
  • Develop confidence in advising and supporting learners, colleagues and other professionals

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Nature and definitions of dyslexia
  • Theories of causation, impact of environment and SEBD issues
  • Models of working memory and implications for learning
  • Informal assessment and screening; use of ICT in assessment
  • Models of reading development and assessment of reading
  • Miscue analysis of reading
  • Models of spelling development; assessment of phonological processing
  • Free writing analysis; assessment of spelling and handwriting
  • Writing informal assessment reports; introduction to structured, multisensory teaching
  • Writing Individual Learning Plans for learners with literacy difficulties

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      1 - 5 years
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Applicants will normally need to:

  • have a UK honours degree or international equivalent*
  • have a minimum of two year?s teaching experience
  • be able to satisfy on application that they are able to undertake all the programme related tasks

*Applicants must have qualified at level 6 - a foundation degree does not meet our entry requirements.

Up to 60 credits can be claimed by teachers who have already undertaken a post graduate award in Specific Learning Difficulties that is BDA accredited at Approved Teacher Status (ATS) or Approved Practitioner (APS) level.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2417 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2417 GBP per module and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1084 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1084 GBP per module and a duration of 12 months.
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per 30 credits studied per year

Living costs for Manchester

  • 645 - 1200 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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