This programme is now full for 2015. It will be possible to submit applications for September 2016 entry later in the year.
Applicants need to have:
- a degree (2.1 or equivalent);
- 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;
- two years professional practice experience is highly recommended for Masters level study in literacy difficulties.
You will also be expected to have:
- professional access to learners with these specific difficulties in your work context,
- opportunities to assess and work with at least three learners with literacy difficulties in September-July,
- access to age appropriate, up to date assessment/ testing tools and intervention programmes for literacy difficulties,
- opportunities to observe age appropriate, up to date standardised tests being used,
- access to filming yourself for the observed practice tasks (i) using a standardised test with a learner and (ii) engaging in specialist teaching with selected learners, and
- some professional support for this work in your wider professional context.
Obtaining a visa can be a lengthy process. Please allow sufficient time to obtain your visa. Find out more about the visa requirements
English language support - before your course starts
The University offers Presessional English courses for students whose IELTS score does not meet the entry requirements. If you successfully attend one of these courses you won’t need to retake IELTS.
English language support - during your studies
BIA provides free English language services to international students who are currently studying on undergraduate or postgraduate courses at the University of Birmingham. Services include Open-access English classes, online self-assessment, online materials through CANVAS, email answers to quick questions and individual one to one tutorials. For a small fee, BIA also offers classes for partners of international postgraduate students and staff, social events including day trips and HOST visits.