The Language, Literacies and Dyslexia programme, is aimed at teachers, language teachers, speech and language therapists and other professionals working with children, young people and students in further and higher education at pre-16 and FE/HE education levels who have difficulties with learning literacy skills.
The programme will provide a broad and critical perspective of language literacies and literacy difficulties/dyslexia through sociocultural and cognitive research, as well as education policies. It will embrace 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 Language, Literacies and Dyslexia programme establishes the fundamental relationship between language and literacy in typical and atypical development. You may study literacy difficulties/dyslexia in contexts of monolingual, multilingual (e.g. FL/SL/AL) and multimodal (e.g. digital literacies).
Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) level of the course meets the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) criteria in practical assessments and allows students to apply for the BDA professional qualification.
The University of Birmingham offers three awards at master's level.
- First year (Postgraduate Certificate - PGCert) 60 credits
- Second year (Postgraduate Diploma - PGDip) 120 credits
- Third year (Masters - MEd) 180 credits
Halfway through the first year of study you will be asked whether you wish to extend your registration to work towards a further award.
Specialist professional practice in dyslexia/specific learning difficulties
Successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) award, meets the specialist professional practice competencies in teaching learners with dyslexia/literacy difficulties at school and FE/HE levels of provision required by the British Dyslexia Association’s ATS/APS, ATS FE/HE accreditation.
Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) award, will meet 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. So, the PGDip award will allow practitioners to apply for the BDA’s accreditation (AMBDA, AMBDA FE/HE) depending on their professional qualification – please visit the BDA website http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk for further information.
If you follow the AMBDA, AMBDA FE/HE routes, some of the programme and module requirements will be different to develop knowledge and practice in specialist assessment and teaching for learners with literacy needs and difficulties.
Does the Language, Literacies and Dyslexia PostGraduate Diploma award (6 modules) 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, AMBDA FE/HE or ATS/APS, ATS FE/HE as required by the BDA) can then apply to the BDA for AMBDA, AMBDA FE/HE and/or ATS/APS, ATS FE/HE.
So the LLD programme will give you eligibility for ATS/APS, ATS/FE/HE. AMBDA and AMBDA FE/HE give you eligibility for a BDA Practising Certificate. The BDA practising certificate gives you eligibility for the SASC Practising Certificate.
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