Applicants need to have:
Candidates wishing to apply for an AMBDA, AMBDA FE/HE route in their PGDip year (2nd year of study) - will also be expected to have:
- professional access to three learners (in addition to the three learners mentioned above) with literacy difficulties in your work context
- opportunities to assess and work with those learners 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 standardised tests and (ii) engaging in specialist teaching with the selected learners, and
- some professional support for this work in your wider professional context.
Please see below the amount of contact that you will need to have with your learners in Modules 1, 2 & 3 at the PGCert level of the programme (1st year).
Module 1 (autumn term)
The number of contact hours has not been set. However, you will need to do several observations with your learners in and outside class (mainly for the Primary/Secondary groups) and interviews (for the FE/HE group).
Module 2 (spring term)
For this Module you will need to conduct 5 hours of specialist teaching for the purposes of identifying learners with dyslexia.
Before you begin Module 2 you will need to ensure that:
- You have access to a classroom where learners with literacy difficulties are found (applies only to Primary/secondary groups);
- You have access to one learner who is experiencing literacy difficulties (applies to all groups) from Key Stage 2 upwards in terms of age. We do not consider it appropriate to work with young children in Foundation Stage or Key Stage 1 who are still acquiring literacy skills;
- You will need to observe the learner in their learning environment in a lesson or seminar where there will be some literacy demands made on the learner.
- You will need to work with this learner individually and do 5 hours of teaching during the second term (Module 2) and 5 more hours for the third term (Module 3).
- You will need to video record 1 hour of the teaching conducted during Module 2.
Module 3 (summer term)
In this module, a key requirement will be to carry out 15 hours of specialist dyslexia teaching with two (or three) different learners that will contribute to meeting the specialist teaching/intervention criteria.
- Learner A, an individual learner. This learner should be an individual with whom you have carried out five hours of teaching in Module 2. You will carry out 5 more hours of teaching with this learner in the third term.
- Learner B, an individual learner (that can be taught in a group if appropriate) and has an assessment report/or other report for dyslexia/literacy difficulties. Students in primary and secondary schools will carry out 10 hours of teaching with this learner. Students working in FE/HE levels will carry out 5 hours of teaching with this learner and 5 hours of teaching with a third learner (Learner C).
Please see below the amount of contact that you will need to have with your learners in Modules 4, 5 & 6 at the PGDip level of the programme in the 2nd year.
Module 4 (autumn term)
At the PGDip level, access to at least three learners with literacy difficulties is a requirement for those on the AMBDA route. For the non- AMBDA route you will need to have access to at least one learner with literacy difficulties.
Module 5 (spring term) access to one learner with literacy difficulties to conduct 10 hours of teaching (only if you are on the AMBDA route).
Module 6 (summer term)
No specified access to learners required.
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 who wish to improve their knowledge of spoken and written English in preparation for academic study at the University of Birmingham. Students with conditional offers have the option of attending one of these courses instead of retaking 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.