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Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) MA

UCL (University College London)

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    UCL (University College London)

  • Study mode

    Part time

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  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

This leading programme in the field of dyslexia prepares teachers to critically evaluate and develop evidence-based practice to become specialist teachers and specialist assessors of learners with literacy difficulties. This programme is recognised by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) for Approved Teacher Status (ATS), Approved Practitioner Status (APS), and Associate Member of the BDA (AMBDA). Students will gain an understanding of how learners typically develop literacy skills and what happens when difficulties occur. Students will learn how literacy difficulties can be identified and how to develop an individualised support programme. As part of this programme students will administer standardised tests (in their own educational setting) and provide specialist teaching (in similar settings) for learners with literacy difficulties.


This programme offers opportunities for students to broaden their career horizons within their educational settings and elsewhere. Our graduates are currently working within a wide range of areas: some as specialist teachers of children with SpLD (dyslexia), others as specialist teacher assessors; many combine both. This can be within educational settings or as consultants.


Successful completion of the programme will allow students awarded the Post Graduate Certificate with ATS/APS to support learners with dyslexia (up to the age of 18 years) as a specialist teacher/practitioner, and with the Post Graduate Diploma with AMBDA qualification, to both undertake full diagnostic assessments and support learners with dyslexia. Students who complete the full Master's also develop their own research skills and are taught to utilise these skills in future practice.


Please note that whilst this course is accredited by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA), the BDA is not responsible for day to day running of the course. Any feedback or queries should therefore be addressed directly to the Programme Leader at UCL Institute of Education.

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Tuition fees

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£ 10,800per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

UCL (University College London)

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  • Campus address

    UCL (University College London), Gower Street, London, Camden, WC1E 6BT, England

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