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Accredited Level 5 - Certificate in Dyslexia; Literacy, Support and Intervention


12-16 months


From £2475



About the course

The BDA Accredited Level 5 Certificate in Dyslexia: Literacy, Support and Intervention enables you to be a specialist teacher with learners with literacy difficulties/dyslexia. The course is modular and flexible and can be undertaken part time, through online learning. It includes academic written tasks followed by teaching practice. These are delivered under the guidance of a personal tutor with access to peer support provided. Please note that this course will require a time commitment of up to 12 hours per week.

Please note that fees will increase to £2,950 for courses starting after May 2024.

Booking your place

There are three intakes each year - January, May and September. Candidates will need to complete and submit an Application Form prior to booking with deadlines as follows:

  • January intake: applications deadline 7th November
  • May intake: applications deadline 7th February
  • September intake: application deadline 7th June

Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and therefore applications may close earlier than advertised due to the limited number of places on the course.

*All training courses are subject to availability and there is no guarantee that we will have a space available on the next training course even if we have approved your application. We reserve the right to accept or reject your booking.

Who is this suitable for?

This course is suitable for a broad range of individuals working in education.

It is of particular benefit to:

  • Teachers of any educational level;
  • Tutors and support staff in Further Education and other adult learning settings;
  • Support staff in Higher Education (this course meets the requirements for DSA support workers though you will need to be a member of a Professional Body such as BDA);
  • Teaching Assistants;
  • Speech and Language therapists;
  • Occupational Therapists with relevant experience.

What is the qualification?

The BDA Level 5 Certificate in Dyslexia: Literacy, Support enables you to be a specialist teacher with learners with literacy difficulties/dyslexia. It is the first step toward becoming a dyslexia specialist and many people then progress to complete a Level 7 AMBDA approved programme.

This Level 5 certificate holds BDA Approved Teacher/Approved Practitioner (BDA ATS/APS) accreditation. This means that candidates who have successfully passed the Level 5 certificate can apply to the BDA for ATS or APS status and professional membership.

For further information about BDA professional accreditations plesae visit Accreditation.

Entry Requirements

The BDA is committed to widening participation and, as such, has an open policy to its courses. However, candidates will be expected to have a high level of proficiency in written and spoken English, including a pass in GCSE English (or equivalent) and at least two years’ recent and relevant experience in an educational setting.

Applicants who do not fulfil all the requirements above may be considered for 'special entry' if they can demonstrate other relevant academic and/or professional experience. Such applicants are advised to apply in the first instance and fully explain their experience in their application statement.

Please note: you will have access to the course for a limited period from your start date. Should you need to extend this timeline, please liaise directly with your allocated tutor; who will advise you of the process to apply and pay for extension.

All prices are correct at the time of publication. All prices are subject to change.

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