University of Birmingham
Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties (ATS/APS). Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties (AMBDA) PgCert
University of Birmingham

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This is an online programme in the field of literacy difficulties and dyslexia. It is designed to prepare practitioners to critically evaluate and develop evidence-based practice to support learners with dyslexia and other literacy difficulties.

The PG Certificate Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties (ATS/APS) and PGCertificate Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties (AMBDA) course leads to Accredited Teacher Status (ATS) or Accredited Practitioner Status (APS), and Associate Member of the BDA (AMBDA). These qualifications will allow you to work with and assess learners with literacy difficulties and/or dyslexia in schools and further/higher education. The course has been accredited by the BDA.

The course draws on a range of research literature and policy to explore the typical development of literacy skills and how our understanding of these can enable us to identify those with literacy difficulties. You will have an opportunity to explore the current debate on dyslexia and critically evaluate different theories of why difficulties with literacy may occur.

You will be supported to design, implement, and critically evaluate individual literacy programmes for learners with literacy difficulties in a variety of learning environments (mono/bi/multi/FL/AL/SL). Those who choose the AMBDA option will be further supported in the principles of psychometric testing and conducting assessments of learners with literacy difficulties.

The programme particularly welcomes applications from students working in multi/bilingual contexts that include learners with dyslexia/literacy difficulties.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • (no subscore less than 6.0)
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees

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Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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The University of Birmingham is a research university based in Edgbaston, Birmingham, England. The university’s aim is to be at the cutting edge of educational delivery, and to have their curriculum be continually reshaped by new revelations in research. The main campus is situated a reasonable three miles away from Birmingham city centre, which doesn’t take long to get to via bus if the student decides they’d like to spend some of their free time there.

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