How to become a specialist teacher
Approved Practitioner Status (APS)
What is APS?
Approved Practitioner Status (APS), is an accreditation for those who do not hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and have successfully completed a BDA accredited course for teaching learners with specific learning difficulties/dyslexia.
Holders of Approved Practitioner Status are recognised as specialist teachers and are able to conduct informal, curriculum-based assessments and deliver specialist teaching programmes to learners with SpLD/dyslexia up to, and including, 18 years of age.
Who can apply for APS?
Applicants who have successfully completed a BDA accredited course for APS within the last three years can apply.
Applicants must have a minimum of two years (1,900 hours) relevant professional experience teaching/supporting learners up to, and including, 18 years of age. This may be a full-time or part-time posts.
You may also apply for APS via an Individual Merit route if you have significant experience in the teaching of learners with SpLD.
How to apply for APS
To apply for APS 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 APS
All courses are taught at postgraduate Level 7 unless otherwise stated.
Gateway Qualifications have applied for BDA accreditation for ATS/APS and AMBDA programmes, confirmation of this accreditation will be published shortly.
Miles Dyslexia Centre, Bangor University of Wales
Bath Spa University
University of Birmingham (eLearning)
University of Brighton
British Dyslexia Association (BDA) (blended learning/eLearning)
|Canterbury Christ Church University||Specialist Assessment for a Specific Learning Difficulty: Dyslexia|
Cardiff Metropolitan University
University of Chester
Dyslexia Action (blended learning)
Edge Hill University
|Liverpool Hope University||Post Graduate Certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)|
University College London, IOE
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)
Northumbria University at Newcastle
University of South Wales
Stranmillis University College, Belfast (eLearning)
Wrexham Glyndŵr University
Progressing to AMBDA
On successful completion of an APS course specialist teachers can apply for courses leading to Associate Membership of the BDA (AMBDA) 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 APS 'Active'
We expect holders of BDA accreditations to keep their practice up to date and submit a CPD portfolio every three years on the anniversary of their award.
Find out more on the Continuing Professional Development webpage.
With Active APS 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.