Frequently Asked Questions

Access Arrangements

Those holding an AMBDA certificate are fully qualified to be an access arrangements assessor in accordance with the JCQ regulations, and may conduct assessments to be recorded within Section C of Form 8.

An access arrangements assessor must have successfully completed a post-graduate course at or equivalent to Level 7, including at least 100 hours relating to individual specialist assessment. Courses which are accredited at AMBDA or APC Level fulfil the requirement for 100 hours relating to individual specialist assessment, as this refers to the amount of study time overall that relates to assessment. This would include, for example, time spent on lectures, seminars, tutorials, independent study, assessments and completing assessments.

A specialist assessor with a current SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate, as awarded by BDA, the Dyslexia Guild or Patoss and listed on the SASC website, may conduct assessments to be recorded within Section C of Form 8, and where necessary undertake full diagnostic assessments.

All assessors must have a thorough understanding of the current edition of the JCQ publication Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments and the principles, procedures and accountabilities involved. They should be familiar with the Equality Act 2010 and either hold an appropriate qualification to teach and make recommendations for secondary aged or adult learners who have learning difficulties, or be a HCPC registered psychologist.

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)

Those assessing learners and writing reports seeking support under the DSA regulations should hold an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC). Holders of AMBDA are entitled to apply for an APC by Route 1 or Route 1 plus. See:

BDA Professional Membership

The BDA recommends that persons undertaking such duties also have Professional Membership and ensure that they are covered by their employer’s professional indemnity insurance or have sought their own personal policy, as appropriate.


What can I do if I think a pupil may be dyslexic?

The British Dyslexia Association has a list of common indications for different age groups that can be helped to identify whether a child is showing signs of dyslexia. These lists can be found below:

Primary School
Secondary School

It is important to remember that no individual is the same and all of these indicators may not be present in every child with dyslexia.

What can I do to make my classroom more dyslexia friendly?

The British Dyslexia Association recommends a multi-sensory approach to both teaching and learning. More information on this can be found in our book, Dyslexia Friendly Good Schools Practice Guide.

We also offer: Dyslexia Friendly Good Schools Practice Guide (free abridged version) (pdf)

Where can I find information on working towards gaining the BDA’s Quality Mark?

Find out more on the BDA’s Quality Mark Award webpage

I only want to teach children with dyslexia, do I need to gain the diploma as well as the certificate?

No, the post-graduate certificate is more than adequate. However should you wish to extend and develop your learning, the diploma is worth considering.

I am interested in becoming an accredited teacher, how do I find out more information on the process?

You can visit the BDA Accreditation section on this website by visiting this link. Alternatively, you can contact our accreditation department on

I want to be on the BDA Tutor List, how do I do this?

If you have active ATS, AMBDA or APC status then you are eligible to go onto our tutor list. You can also go onto our assessors list, even if you registered with another organisation. To be added to either of these lists, please contact

I want to increase dyslexia awareness within the staff at our school. How can you help?

The BDA offers on-site training for groups of eight or more as well as regular dyslexia and dyscalculia awareness courses during the year. For more information visit our Training webpage.

I am interested in finding out about Dyslexia Awareness Week, where can I find information?

Dyslexia Awareness Week is an annual event. Every year we create resource packs that schools can download and use to raise awareness or fundraise for the British Dyslexia Association. For more information, please visit out DAW section.