The programme 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 and multimodal (eg 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 or additional English (EAL/ESL/EFL). Reference would be made to contexts that are multilingual and multimodal.
Specialist professional practice in dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
All students follow the same programme and module requirements for study and assessment that develop knowledge and practice in specialist assessment and teaching for learners with literacy needs and difficulties.
Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) award, meets the specialist professional practice competencies required by the Joint Qualifications Council UK, and the British Dyslexia Association’s AMBDA accreditation, in diagnostic assessment, and intervention/ specialist teaching with learners with literacy difficulties/ specific learning difficulties at school and FE/HE levels of provision.
The PGCert award allows practitioners, who wish, to apply for the BDA’s accreditation (ATS, APS, AMBDA) depending on their professional qualification (eg QTS) – please visit the BDA website http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk for further information.
The Department of Disability Inclusion and Special Needs (DISN) in the School of Education, has a very strong profile in professional development, regionally, nationally and internationally. The tutors who run this programme have strong national and international profiles in the field of research and practice in language and literacy difficulties and dyslexia. The department also runs a number of other courses in special education which may interest you.
Does the Language, Literacies and Dyslexia PostGraduate Certificate award (3 modules) combined with QTS provide eligibility for BDA professional qualification to practice professionally to diagnostically assess and give specialist teaching / intervention with learners with literacy difficulties/dyslexia/specific learning difficulties?
The SpLD Assessment Standards Committee for an Assessment Practising Certificate (SASC) website states that individuals eligible for a practising certificate:
‘must hold a current practising certificate in assessing specific learning difficulties issued by their relevant professional association, for example, PATOSS (the Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties), Dyslexia Action or the British Dyslexia Association.’
You can obtain a practising certificate from the BDA. There are several routes to obtain this certificate, but one route is to have AMBDA. The University of Birmingham Language, Literacies and Dyslexia (LLD) masters - level programme is recognised by the BDA. Students who successfully complete all assessed requirements on the LLD programme (that is, the University of Birmingham assessed requirements that include requirements for AMBDA or ATS, as required by the BDA) can then apply to the BDA for AMBDA or ATS.
So the LLD programme will give you eligibility for ATS/APS or AMBDA. AMBDA gives you eligibility for a BDA Practising Certificate. The BDA practising certificate gives you eligibility for the SASC Practising Certificate.