The Dyslexia Award Level 5 – Continued Professional Development (CPD)

£300.00 (inc. VAT)

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Level 5 Award (CPD)

This CPD course is priced at £300 (Inc. VAT)


All of our courses are VAT deductible, so if a school or charity is paying for the course, the VAT (20%) can be offset.

This course is suitable for anyone looking to gain further understanding about dyslexia.

Target Group

This qualification is designed to provide a route for continued professional development for teachers and other professionals working within one phase of educational provision – primary, secondary or adult who support learners with specific learning difficulties in literacy and numeracy acquisition.

The target group is likely to include:

  • Classroom teachers and learning support staff in schools
  • Learning support tutors and trainers in FE and/or basic skills training
  • Qualified teachers who work as independent practitioners
  • Learning support tutors in HE Institutions
  • Speech and Language Therapists and other health professionals working in an educational setting
  • Chartered/graduate psychologists

We are fortunate enough to have trained over 500 Specialist Teachers, not all of these were from a teaching background. Many of them started with courses like this.

Total Length

This online CPD course tasks will take approximately 120 hours to complete over 6 – 9 months.


The Dyslexia Award comprises 4 units, of which candidates must complete three to complete the qualification. Units 1 and 2 are compulsory, with a choice between units 3 and 4.

  • Unit 3 is appropriate for TAs, teachers etc. as it is the practical teaching element, whereas
  • Unit 4 is designed for Senior Managers who wish to monitor whole-school provision for learners with dyslexia/SpLD.

This course trains candidates to support learners of all ages and into adulthood, in 1:1 and group settings


Unit 1 (compulsory):

    • Understanding the Context of Provision for Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties

Unit 2 (compulsory):

    • Assessing learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties in Preparation for Teaching Interventions

Unit 3 (optional):

    • Group Interventions for Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties

Unit 4 (optional):

    • Understanding the Quality Assurance of a Provision for Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties

This course is remote. 

Online Learning Platform

We provide an online learning platform for you, which you have access to through-out your course. The content includes videos and quizzes, helping you to embed your knowledge.

We also provide dedicated IT support if required. 

Why do we do it remotely?
  • We believe teaching remotely provides people nationally and internationally an equal opportunity to gain our qualification; giving as many learners as possible the opportunity to receive the support they require.
  • Candidates learn at different paces.
  • Enables us to adapt and ensure the course content is 100% accurate and delivered in the best way possible.
Course progression

We start this CPD course at a level that is accessible to everyone, regardless of their previous experience.

Our standards

We regularly conduct internal quality assurance exercises alongside regular external quality assurance inspections. This ensures we maintain our high standards.


As the course is delivered remotely, there is therefore a requirement to have access to a computer. We do provide IT Support if required.


This course is delivered by co-authors of the course. It has been designed in a way that is realistic and practical. The course is delivered by people who have previous experience of:

  • Working in mainstream settings
  • Founding and running a specialist school
  • Working as teachers
  • Working as headteachers in both mainstream and specialist settings
  • Supporting and training within the Public sector. 
  • Working as governors.
Unit 1:

Learners will:

    • Understand well-established perspectives relating to the context of provision for learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties (SpLD)
Unit 2:

Learners will:

    • Understand the use of principles of assessment
    • Understand the potential barriers to learning for learners with dyslexia/SpLD in relation to assessment
    • Understand how to prioritise assessment data for use in comparing approaches in learning support for learners with dyslexia/SpLD
    • Understand how to assess the needs of individual learners with dyslexia/SpLD and prepare an intervention
    • Understand how to assess individual learners with dyslexia/SpLD to inform interventions
Unit 3:

Learners will:

    • Understand the principles of effective intervention when working with learners with dyslexia/SpLD
    • Understand how to plan an intervention programme for learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties (SpLD).
    • Be able to collaborate with individuals who are working with learners with dyslexia/SpLD.
    • Be able to deliver a planned group intervention programme.
    • Be able to evaluate a planned group intervention for learners with dyslexia/SpLD.
    • Know how to inform subsequent interventions for learners with dyslexia/SpLD.
Unit 4:

Learners will:

    • Be able to demonstrate the impact of legal, national and local requirements for learners with dyslexia/specific learning difficulties (SpLD).
    • Be able to conduct an effective audit of a provision for learners with dyslexia/SpLD.
    • Know how to analyse audit data to inform best practice for a provision for learners with dyslexia/SpLD.
    • Be able to develop and prioritise SMART targets for a setting development plan for learners with dyslexia/SpLD.
    • Understand how to use the data from the evaluation of a setting development plan.

This is a practical introduction to understanding and supporting learners with dyslexia and/or specific learning difficulties, taught through a range of videos, cartoons, activities and powerpoints.

There is the opportunity to do this course as a registered qualification. The course is exactly the same, the only difference being your work with be marked by a qualified assessor.