The BDA runs a variety of training courses and accredited level programmes for education staff working with all ages and levels of learners, with the aim of helping them to better support students who have dyslexia and specific learning difficulties.

These courses are delivered in a number of ways, including:


For those wishing to study a higher level accreditation in order to become a specialist teacher or dyslexia assessor, please visit the Professional Accreditation pages of the website, or click on "Professional Accreditation" in the navigation menu on the left of this page.

Open Training Courses

Our ever-popular open training courses provide teachers, TA's and other education staff with the knowledge and skills to support their dyslexic students. You can attend just one or two courses, or go on to build these into an accredited level 2 or 3 qualification.

Use the links below to find the dates and locations of our open courses. Please note that further dates will be added to these schedules throughout the year.

View our Terms and Conditions for Open Training course bookings.

Primary Schools

Secondary Schools

Further Education

Higher Education

Onsite Training

For schools, colleges and other educational establishments we are able to offer all of our open training courses onsite at your establishment. This includes our accredited level 2 and 3 programmes.

Onsite training offers great flexibility and convenience for you, as well as the opportunity to train a large number of your staff at a competitive cost.

To find out more, or to make a booking, please email or telephone 0333 405 4565.


Our eLearning site primarily has two functions:

  • as an online learning platform offering flexible study on a range of themes related to dyslexia awareness and support;
  • as an online resource base for delegates attending our open training courses, and those studying for our level 2 and level 3 accredited programmes.

We have a suite of online modules available for self-study.

Download an eLearning booking form

To access our eLearning site visit:

Accredited Level 5 Certificate in Dyslexia; Literacy, Support  and Intervention

The BDA Level 5 Certificate in Dyslexia; Literacy, Support and Intervention provides training for individuals who have a professional interest in dyslexia in order for them to become informed practitioners and teachers. The courses are modular and flexible and are undertaken part time, through online or blended learning.  

This is a BDA Approved Teacher/Approved Practitioner (BDA ATS/APS) accredited programme.  

Candidates who have successfully passed the Level 5 certificate can apply to the BDA for ATS or APS status and professional membership. To apply for ATS or APS at the end of the course you must have two years professional, educational experience working with pupils, this can be two years full time or a combination of part time appointments. This must add up to a mimimum of 1,900 hours.

If you are interested in studying to become a dyslexia specialist, and would like to find out more about the programme, please download a copy of the course information below, or contact:

Download a copy of the course information for the Accredited Level 5 Certificate in Dyslexia; Literacy, Support and Intervention.

***Coming soon** Level 7 in Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention.

For further details please email:

Assessment, Training & Consultancy Services for Schools & Colleges

Looking for a solution for all things Dyslexia? 

The BDA are able to offer a complete service of Training, Assessments and Consultancy through our "Assessment, Training & Consultancy Service for Schools and Colleges". Develop a working relationship with us that will allow education providers to easily access expert, experienced and fully qualified specialists who will be able to carry out a number of services, including:

  • Consultancy services;
  • Training (including Accredited Training);
  • Diagnostic assessments;
  • Assessments for exam access arrangements (inc. completion of Form 8).
  • eLearning


A cost-effective approach, where education providers can "buy in" the amount of time that they require. Different packages are available to suit different needs, circumstances and budgets. Click here for more information.

To register for further information on this service, please contact

SASC Accredited Training for Specialist Assessors

Our one-day SASC Accredited CPD training course is for Specialist Assessors. This courses provide 5 hours of CPD.

Psychometrical Assessment and Statistics in Context: An advanced refresher course for practitioners 

Manchester - September 27, 2018

London - February 12, 2019

This one-day training course is for Specialist Assessors and is designed to develop competence and increase confidence in the selection and application of psychometric tests, statistical analyses, interpretation and communication of results within the constraints of the dynamic educational setting.

This advanced refresher course is aimed at Teachers who are conversant with and experienced in the application, analyses and interpretation of psychometric tests.

The cost is £150 per person or £130 for BDA Professional Members.

Music Learning and Dyslexia

This 3-day course will enable delegates to develop a practical understanding of how dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties affect music learning.

For further informaiton on this training please email us at:

For more information on Music and Dyslexia, visit the Music and Dyslexia pages of our website.

BDA Summer Schools

BDA Training is pleased to offer our non-residential Summer School programme for Teachers and T.A.s who are working with students under the age of 16 years.

Attendance at the workshops will be followed by the completion and submission of an assessed workbook.

For further information and upcoming dates please email us at: