Manchester Metropolitan University


The Postgraduate Certificate in Dyscalculia, which is new this year, is a nationally recognised qualification designed for teachers of children and adolescents who are experiencing specific learning difficulties in mathematics. It can be taken with or without BDA accreditation and gives 60 credits towards a PG Diploma in SpLD: Literacy and Numeracy or an MA SpLD. We are a key provider in the field of specific learning difficulties with over 20 years? experience.

This course consists of two 30 credit units, one on nature, identification and assessment and the other on supporting learners with dyscalculia and other specific learning difficulties in mathematics. An additional (optional) 10 practice credits leads to a 'PG Certificate in Dyscalculia with Practice Credits' which is accredited by the British Dyslexia Association at Approved Teacher Status (ATS) Dyscalculia level or Approved Practitioner Status (APS) Dyscalculia.

The course is principally designed to enable classroom practitioners to gain a high level of knowledge and skill so that they can expertly meet the needs of learners with specific learning difficulties (SpLDs) in mathematics.

There is a supervised teaching practice consisting of 20 hours one-to-one teaching for those wanting BDA accreditation, which forms part of a portfolio of practical tasks including an assessment report, an Individual Learning Plan and 20 lesson plans and evaluations. There is an additional fee of £325 for the practice credits which covers the observation and assessment of two one-hour lessons, two individual tutorials with AMBDA tutors, and support with report writing and lesson planning via feedback on drafts.

Entry requirements

Applicants will need to:
- *Have a UK honours degree or international equivalent
- Have a minimum of two year's teaching experience
- Be able to satisfy on application that they are able to undertake all the programme related tasks

*Applicants must have qualified at level 6 - a foundation degree does not meet our entry requirements.
Applicants should clearly state whether they have QTS on their application form as the award given by the BDA will be Approved Practitioner Status (APS) not Approved Teacher Status (ATS) for those practitioners.
There's further information for international students on our international website if you're applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course modules

Typical units of study may include: Dyscalculia: Nature, Assessment and Identification; Supporting Learners with Dyscalculia and other Specific learning Difficulties in Mathematics; Dyscalculia Practice Credits (optional)

Successful completion of the first two units leads to a PG Certificate in Dyscalculia. Successful completion of all three units leads to a PG Certificate in Dyscalculia with Practice Credits and gives eligibility to apply to the BDA for Approved Teacher Status (ATS) Dyscalculia or Approved Practitioner Status (APS) Dyscalculia (for those without QTS).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2018 1 1 Years

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