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How to become a FE/HE specialist tutor

Approved Tutor Status FE/HE

What is ATS FE/HE?

Approved Tutor Status Further/Higher Education (ATS FE/HE) is an accreditation that can be applied for on successful completion of a BDA accredited course for teaching learners with specific learning difficulties/dyslexia.

Holders of this accreditation are recognised as specialist tutors able to conduct informal, curriculum based assessment and deliver specialist teaching/tutoring programmes to learners of 16 years of age and over, including adults.

Who can apply for ATS FE/HE?

Applicants who have successfully completed an BDA accredited course for ATS FE/HE within the last three years can apply.

Applicants must have a minimum of two years (1,900 hours) relevant professional experience teaching/supporting learners aged 16 years. This may be a full-time or part-time posts.

You may also apply for ATS FE/HE via an Individual Merit route if you have significant experience in the tutoring learners at FE/HE with SpLD. Please contact

How to apply for ATS FE/HE

To apply for ATS FE/HE you will need to start your online application via the Application box on the right of this page

  • You will need a completed Tutor form signed by your course leader and upload it as part of the application process
  • You will need to read and agree to adhere to the BDA Code of Ethics
  • You will need to pay the fee of £70 via the credit/debit card link in the application process
  • If your employer/school is paying complete the invoice option in the application process

Courses accredited for ATS FE/HE

Courses are delivered at postgraduate Level 7 unless stated otherwise.

Course provider

More information

Miles Dyslexia Centre, Bangor University of Wales

Advanced Certificate of Further Professional Studies in SpLD (Dyslexia)

University of Birmingham (Blended learning)

University of Brighton

Language, Literacies and Dyslexia MEd/Postgraduate Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate

Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) PGCert

Canterbury Christ Church University

Specialist Assessment for a Specific Learning Difficulty: Dyslexia

University of Chester

Dyslexia Research and Practice

Dyslexia Action (Blended learning)

Level 7 Professional Certificate in Structured Teaching Intervention for Dyslexia and Literacy

Level 5 Diploma in Strategic Teaching Support for Dyslexia and Literacy

Edge Hill University

PGCert SpLD (Dyslexia) with AMBDA/ATS

University of South Wales

Postgraduate Diploma SEN/ALN (Specific Learning Difficulties)

Stranmillis University College, Belfast (Blended learning)

Master of Education (MEd); Addressing Difficulties in Literacy Development

What's next?


On successful completion of an ATS FE/HE course specialist tutors can apply for courses leading to AMBDA FE/HE which will enable them to conduct formal diagnostic assessments, write diagnostic reports and assess for Exam Access Arrangements. To find out more visit the AMBDA webpage.

Keeping ATS FE/HE 'Active'

Holders of BDA accreditations must keep their practice up to date and submit CPD every three years on the anniversary of their award. Find out more, visit the BDA CPD webpage.

Professional Membership

With Active ATS FE/HE you may apply for Professional Membership of the BDA and be included on the BDA Tutor List. Find out more, visit the BDA Professional Membership webpage.




Payment for £70.00

Please confirm you meet all application requirements