PgCert Dyscalculia

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Overview

Study for a nationally recognised qualification designed for teachers of children and adolescents who are experiencing specific learning difficulties (SpLD) in mathematics.

On our part-time course, you’ll focus on becoming a specialist teacher of children (up to the age of 18) with dyscalculia.  

You’ll study two core units, one on nature, identification and assessment, and the other on supporting learners with dyscalculia and other specific learning difficulties in mathematics.

Through these units, you’ll develop your understanding of the problems children with dyscalculia and other mathematics-related difficulties experience.

You’ll examine the debates about the nature and causes of mathematics-related learning difficulties, from cognitive functions to the definition of dyscalculia to gender differences.

You’ll consider cognitive learning styles in mathematics, problem solving approaches, differentiation and ways to improve curriculum access. You’ll also explore the controversies surrounding the form of support children require, such as using educational number games on computers, and speech therapy.

Some of the practical skills you’ll learn include how to write assessment reports, how to teach mathematics using a structured, multisensory approach, and how to plan appropriate intervention strategies.

You can take this course with or without British Dyslexia Association (BDA) accreditation.

If you opt for BDA accreditation, you’ll take an extra unit (Unit 3: Practice Credits). In this unit, you will assess and teach mathematics to one student or a small group of students experiencing SpLD in your workplace. You’ll teach for at least one hour a week for 20 weeks.

 

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

When you complete this course, you will gain a high level of knowledge and skill so that you can expertly meet the needs of learners with specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) in mathematics.

When you graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to meet the needs of learners with specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) in mathematics.

Some of the graduates from this course have developed careers as Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCo), heads of SEN departments in secondary schools, private assessors, deputy head teachers, and local authority advisory teachers.

You could also continue your studies with our Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or Masters (MA) in SpLD.

You’ll gain 60 credits when you complete the PgCert Dyscalculia and you can put these towards a PgDip SpLD (120 credits) or MA SpLD (180 credits). You can explore the course content and study requirements here.

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Entry requirements

Applicants will need to:

*Applicants must have qualified at level 6 - a foundation degree does not meet our entry requirements.

Applicants should clearly state whether they have QTS on their application form as the award given by the BDA will be Approved Practitioner Status (APS) not Approved Teacher Status (ATS) for those practitioners

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification. Accepted English qualifications can be viewed here.

Course details

Through our course, you’ll develop the skills to assess the abilities and difficulties of individual children, and the confidence to support both students and colleagues.

Some of the topics you’ll focus on include models of number processing, the atypical development of children with dyscalculia, and cognitive learning styles.

You’ll investigate appropriate screening and assessment procedures, including the role of observation and informal assessment and ICT resources.

You’ll develop your understanding of structured multisensory mathematics teaching, and the use of visual representation and mathematical models to develop relational understanding.

We offer two core units on this course, as well as an option unit.

The option unit (Unit 3: Practice Credits) emphasises practical skills and you’ll need to assess and teach a student experiencing specific learning difficulties in mathematics in your own workplace. You must assess one student or a small group of students, and teach for at least one hour a week for 20 weeks.

When you successfully complete Units 1 and 2, you’ll receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Dyscalculia.

When you complete all three units, you’ll receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Dyscalculia with Practice Credits. This means that you can apply for Approved Teacher Status (ATS) Dyscalculia or Approved Practitioner Status (APS) Dyscalculia (if you don’t have QTS) from the BDA.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

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Additional information about this course

When you successfully complete the PgCert Dyscalculia, you will receive 60 credits. You can put these credits towards a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in SpLD: Literacy and Numeracy (120 credits) or a Master’s (MA) degree in SpLD (180 credits).

You can take the PgCert Dyscalculia with or without British Dyslexia Association (BDA) accreditation.

To receive Approved Teacher Status (ATS) Dyscalculia level or Approved Practitioner Status (APS) Dyscalculia by the BDA, you will need to complete an additional 10 practice credits.

This includes supervised teaching practice of 20 hours of one-to-one or small group teaching, an assessment report, an Individual Learning Plan, and 20 lesson plans and evaluations.

There is an additional, mandatory fee of £325 for the additional practice credits, which covers the observation and assessment of two one-hour lessons, two individual tutorials with AMBDA tutors, and support with report writing and lesson planning via feedback on drafts.

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Fees

UK and EU students

UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £2,167 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU and Channel Island students

Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £5,167 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Professional Costs

You can take our PgCert Dyscalculia with or without British Dyslexia Association (BDA) accreditation.

To receive Approved Teacher Status (ATS) Dyscalculia level or Approved Practitioner Status (APS) Dyscalculia by the BDA, you’ll need to complete an additional 10 practice credits.

This includes supervised teaching practice of 20 hours of one-to-one or small group teaching, an assessment report, an Individual Learning Plan, and 20 lesson plans and evaluations.

There is an additional, mandatory fee of £375 for the additional practice credits. This covers the observation and assessment of two one-hour lessons, two individual tutorials with AMBDA tutors, and support with report writing and lesson planning via feedback on drafts.

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How to apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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