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Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association - AMBDA

What is AMBDA?

Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) indicates a high standard of professional competence in both diagnostic assessment and teaching.

AMBDA is the professional membership required for all those applying for and holding an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) issued by the BDA. The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) approves holders of AMBDA to formally assess and make recommendations for exam access arrangements.

The Department of Education (DfE) has announced that a Diagnostic Assessment conducted at any age, which results in a diagnosis of dyslexia, will now be accepted as part of an application for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA). It is no longer necessary that a report is carried out post-16. A report will be accepted only if conducted and written by an assessor holding a valid Assessment Practising Certificate (APC), or by an HCPC-registered psychologist, at the time of the assessment.

As reports conducted at any age may be used for DSA purposes, it is recommended that all assessors should now hold an APC, so that no further diagnostic assessment will be required should the dyslexic individual wish to apply for DSA in the future.

You may still assess if you hold AMBDA and you do not hold an APC. However, you have a professional responsibility to alert parents/carers to the fact that the report will not be accepted as part of an application for DSA in the future. By agreeing to adhere to the Code of Ethics, you are acknowledging this responsibility.

AMBDA holders are expected to commit to continuing professional development, keeping abreast of current thinking and legislation in dyslexia and related SpLDs and submit a portfolio to the BDA for verification every three years, on the anniversary of gaining AMBDA.

AMBDA holders receive these following benefits:

CPD verified every three years on the anniversary of membership
BDA Dyslexia Contact magazine
Discount on a BDA conference
Discount on BDA eLearning training
Professional Indemnity Insurance at members' rate
Eligible to join the BDA Tutor List (online) - you will need to add your details
Members' rate for online access to the Dyslexia Journal published 4 times a year
BDA e-newsletter
Invitation to the BDA AGM

Who can apply for AMBDA?

Applicants can apply for AMBDA if they have successfully completed a postgraduate (Level 7) AMBDA accredited course or equivalent - see course list on the SASC website - within 3 years of successfully completing their course

To apply for AMBDA

AMBDA Courses

* courses marked with an asterisk also offer AMBDA FE/HE (Further and Higher Education) specialism

Miles Dyslexia Centre, Bangor University of WalesAdvanced Certificate of Further Professional Studies in SpLD (Dyslexia) AMBDA
Bath Spa UniversitySpecific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia
University of Birmingham (eLearning)PG Cert Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties (AMBDA)*
British Dyslexia Association (BDA) (eLearning)Level 7 Diploma in Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention
Canterbury Christ Church UniversityPost Graduate Certificate in Specialist Teaching & Assessment for Dyslexia
University of ChesterDyslexia Research and Practice *
Dyscalculia Research and Practice
St Patrick’s College, Dublin City UniversityMEd in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)
Dyslexia Action (blended learning)Level 7 Professional Diploma Dyslexia & Literacy *

Level 7 Professional Certificate in Assessment Practice for Dyslexia & Literacy *

Dyslexia Herts (Gateway)Level 7 Diploma in Teaching and Assessing Learners with Dyslexia, SpLD and Barriers to Literacy
Dyslexia Matters (Gateway)Level 7 Diploma in Teaching and Assessing Learners with Dyslexia, SpLD and Barriers to Literacy
Edge Hill UniversityPostgraduate Certificate Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) with AMBDA *

PGDip Education (Dyscalculia)

Liverpool Hope UniversitySpecific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) (Interdisciplinary Studies)
University College LondonPost Graduate Diploma Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) with AMBDA
University of South WalesPostgraduate Diploma SEN/ALN (Specific Learning Difficulties) *
Oxford Brookes UniversityPostgraduate Certificate Education - Working with Children with Literacy Difficulties
Stranmillis University College, Belfast (eLearning)Master of Education (MEd) Teaching Children with Specific Literacy Difficulties

Postgraduate Diploma in Education: Individual Specialist Assessment, SEN and Access Arrangements

Wrexham Glyndŵr UniversityMA Education (Additional Learning Needs - Dyslexia)

To maintain AMBDA

To maintain AMBDA you should submit a CPD Log every 3 years to evidence your continued commitment to professional excellence. See Continuing Professional Development page.