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Additional Support for Learning (Specific Learning Difficulties) MEd, PgDip, PgCert

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MEd Additional Support for Learning (Specific Learning Difficulties) (ICL) - 2-6 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)
PgDip Additional Support for Learning (Specific Learning Difficulties) (ICL) 1-4 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)
PgCert Additional Support for Learning (Specific Learning Difficulties) (ICL) - 1-2 Years (Part-time Intermittent Study)

Fees & costs information

Where available, individual programme fees are linked above. For details information on fee status, policies and payment see:

You will pay the tuition fees for this part-time intermittent programme on a course-by-course basis rather than paying for the entire programme at the outset. At 2015/16 rates for UK/EU students, this would cost:

  • MEd: £7,650 (180 credits)
  • PgDip: £5,400 (120 credits)
  • PgCert: £2,700 (60 credits)

As fees change each year, the total cost will depend on the length of time you take to complete your programme.

Contact information
Postgraduate Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 3121
Rachel O'Neill (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 6429
Address: Moray House School of Education
Old Moray House
Holyrood Campus

For a variety of reasons some learners have specific support needs. This programme will help you to identify these needs, by introducing you to the many types of specific learning difficulties, and will develop your skills in selecting learning and teaching approaches that will ensure effective support.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in a relevant discipline. Alternatively, you may be considered on the basis of employment or relevant educational experience.

You should normally be registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland, and have a particular interest in learners with specific learning difficulties.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module and 6.5 in writing)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each section and 23 in writing)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections and 61 in writing)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module and 176 in writing)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

Find out more about our language requirements:

How to apply

You must submit a reference with your application.

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

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Programme description

Our Additional Support for Learning programmes are designed to meet the needs of practising teachers and other professionals.

This programme covers ways in which learning difficulties can manifest themselves, sometimes simultaneously.

You will examine approaches to supporting people with disabilities, such as curriculum adaptations and classroom accommodations and gain the confidence to apply them in practical settings.

Programme structure

Your learning will be in the form of lectures, seminars, small-group discussions and skill-development sessions.

Most courses are offered in e-learning or blended learning format, combining on-campus and online study.

All the courses are studied part time, and you can select individual courses for your CPD needs, complete 60 credits for a Postgraduate Certificate, or complete 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma.

There is also the option to complete a Master of Education degree, for which you must also produce an independently researched dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

  • Collaborative Working in Children’s Services
  • Conceptualising Research
  • Education for All
  • Sources of Knowledge
  • Specific Learning Difficulties: Co-occurring Specific Difficulties
  • Specific Learning Difficulties: Dyslexia

Option courses may include:

  • Assessing Pupils/Students with Visual Impairment
  • Audiology and Audiometry
  • Bilingualism and Other Additional Support Needs
  • Deaf Studies
  • Language and Communication
  • Promoting Achievement and Curriculum Access for Bilingual and/or Deaf Learners
  • Supporting Individual Pupils
  • Supporting Pupils in Groups
  • The Developing Bilingual Learner

Career opportunities

The skills you gain with this qualification will enhance your confidence and ability to take on a wider range of roles in this area of teaching. You may also choose to continue on to an advanced research degree, e.g. an MEd or EdD.

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