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Teaching Adult Dyslexic Learners in Higher and Further Education - PG Cert

Why study this course?

This is a specialist training course for teaching adult dyslexic students, covering theories on dyspraxia and dyslexia, equipping you with strategies to help these learners and providing an understanding of IT support, as well as actual teaching practice. Accredited by the British Dyslexia Association for ATS status (HE/FE), the course will equip you with strategies to help these learners and provide an understanding of IT support, as well as actual teaching practice.

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The aims of the course are to offer specialist training and development in teaching adult dyslexic students in higher and further education, and to provide you with knowledge of the theories that relate to specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia/SpLDs as a specialist one-to-one tutor.

The course will also equip you with a range of strategies to effectively support adult learners with SpLDs, including an understanding of IT/AT to integrate into your new or developing practice.


You are assessed via a variety of methods including course reflections, a project, a case study, presentations, teaching observation, a portfolio that includes written evidence of specialist teaching practice (minimum 30 hours across the year) and a process recording.

You will be required to have:

  • A degree (or equivalent)

Candidates without a degree of lower second class or better will need to submit a piece of written work for assessment.

Please email the course leader, Anne Morris, for further details at

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday morning
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    This CORE module deals with:
    1. theories, concepts and models of Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs), particularly Dyslexia and Dyspraxia, and how they relate to learners with SpLDs in Further and Higher Education

    2. a range of strategies used in tutorial support and emotional support

    3. the nature and diagnosis of Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs), particularly Dyslexia and Dyspraxia
    4. instruments used to screen and identify SpLDs

    5. provisions of reasonable adjustments in further and higher education.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday

    This CORE Module deals with:

    • Screening and Diagnostic Assessment in both the FE and HE sectors;

    • The difficulties faced by students with dyslexia / Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs);

    • the many manifestations of these SpLDs (and their co-occurrence) and their implications for learners;

    • the strategies which specialist SpLD tutors use to work with and support learners’ academic success and developing their metacognitive skills to enable learners to reach their full potential in HE / FE / the workplace.

    This module is taught alongside the year-long specialist tutoring practice module, DL7002, to facilitate the integration of theory and practice.

    NB: The case-study project must be undertaken within clear, agreed, ethical, professional and confidential guidelines as set out by the Course. Informed consent and the client perspective is central to the integrity of the entire process.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday

    This CORE module forms the central specialist tutoring practice component of the course in which trainee tutors must complete thirty hours of one-to-one tutorial support in a further or higher education institution.

    It runs across the course year and brings together the frameworks offered in the two theoretical modules DL7000 & DL7001, facilitating an integrative approach to theory and professional practice.

    DL7002 enables participants to share their experiences, concerns and ideas with regard to their specialist SpLD tutoring practice.

    Delivery is workshop and discussion based, including small-group exercises, case studies and role-play which all feature large in this module.

    Professional specialist SpLD / dyslexia tutoring standards, values, models and attitudes are at the core of this module, particularly those of the professional bodies, i.e. the BDA, PATOSS, ADSHE.

    The approach is learner-centred, ethical, professional, developmental and holistic: we are working with the whole person.

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The curriculum is driven by a number of principles. The key principle is the recognition that we are training practitioners who are able to support dyslexic learners in higher and further education. The focus of the course is therefore to provide a good theoretical framework and teaching practice based on this, to assist the development of reflective practitioners.

The initial weeks of the course are designed to set the context of adult learning in HE and FE and to develop trainee tutors' theoretical understanding of the learning issues confronted by dyslexic students. Trainee tutors begin their teaching practice in approximately week 6. The contact hours are only a small portion of the time, which a participant will need to allocate when undertaking this course. The directed learning and teaching practice required will require at least another four hours of input.

  • The Profile of the Dyslexic Learner in HE and FE
  • Difficulties and Manifestations of Dyslexia in HE and FE
  • Facilitating the Learning of Dyslexic Students

Graduates from the Postgraduate Certificate may go on to the Postgraduate Diploma in Assessing SpLDs and thence to the Masters in SpLDs. Graduates of the PGC:TADLHFE course need to have a good understanding of how to help adult dyslexic learners reach their full potential.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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