A primary concern of the BDA is that the professional help available to dyslexic people of all ages and abilities should be of a consistent high quality. AMBDA FE/HE holders are recognised as a specialist in Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs)/Dyslexia, able to conduct specialist diagnostic assessments and deliver specialist teaching programmes to pupils in continuing education and in colleges of further and higher education aged 16 years and over.  

The JCQ criteria for a Specialilst Assessor map onto those of  AMBDA. This means that it is a recognised qualification giving holders the right to formally assess and make recommendations for provisions for external examinations (Exam Access Arrangements) and carry out diagnostic assessments. However Student Finance England  require assessors to have an Assessment Practising Certificate for DSA (Disabled Students Allowance) assessments.   When applying for AMBDA FE/HE you will also be eligible to apply for an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) via Route 1 without additional training if applied for within three years of successfully competing an AMBDAFE/HE accredited course

Accredited Courses

The BDA does not run Post Graduate courses but accredits PG Level 7 courses through universities and other Course Providers. Most AMBDA FE/HE courses cover teaching in the first year and assessment in the second year.

AMBDA FE/HE Accredited Courses

Who Can Apply?

To apply for AMBDA FE/HE applicants must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Have successfully completed an AMBDA FE/HE accredited course within three years of the date of application. 
  • Have at least two years’ experience working with the appropriate age range (learners in continuing, further or higher education aged16 years or over). This may be full-time or equivalent total periods of part-time professional engagement.
  • Submit a hand-signed AMBDA FE/HE candidate form and a SIGNED Tutor form
  • Pay the  £70 fee
  • AMBDA FE/HE Candidate Form
  • AMBDA FE/HE Tutor Form  Please keep copies of any forms that you send to the BDA


The fee for AMBDA FE/HE is £70. Please include payment with the application, make cheques payable to the BDA. Payment options are on the candidate form.   We can invoice a College/employer (not individuals) if the invoice form is completed and sent with the application. 

Please note that payment is taken on receipt of application