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Distance Learning
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Useful Information

  • Mode of study:

    Distance Learning

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    129 hours

  • Awarding/validation body:


Course Overview

Tired of searching for appropriate dyslexia courses? UK and international learners can study this course to gain an understanding of specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia, dyscalculia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). You will learn about the range and characteristics of each learning difficulty or disorder, the importance of seeking a formal diagnosis of specific learning difficulties, how support for individuals can be provided in different settings and how attitudes, legislation and services related to specific learning difficulties have changed over time.

Course Highlights

Unit 1: Understand specific learning difficulties

In this unit your learners will learn about what is meant by specific learning difficulties. They will research the characteristics of different difficulties and co-occurring conditions, and gain an understanding of common misconceptions and the importance of recognising that a specific learning difficulty is a lifelong condition. They will also learn about the term ‘neurodiversity’ in relation to specific learning difficulties.

Unit 2: Understand the effects of specific learning difficulties

This unit will cover how specific learning difficulties affect an individual’s life and those of others. Your learners will gain an understanding of how the attitudes of others can impact the individual and identify the internal and external factors that may affect an individual with specific learning difficulties as well as strengths and barriers an individual may experience and how this can impact them.

Unit 3: Understand the diagnosis of specific learning difficulties

In this unit your learners will understand the importance of gaining an early diagnosis of a learning difficulty and the impact of delayed diagnosis or no diagnosis. They will also investigate the diagnosis process for different age ranges and the professionals involved.

Unit 4: Understanding supporting individuals with specific learning difficulties

In this unit your learners will understand how to support an individual with a specific learning difficulty in different settings and different coping strategies and assistive technology that can be used to support an individual. They will also understand the roles of professionals in providing support.

Unit 5: Understand the context of specific learning difficulties

In this unit your learners will understand how attitudes, legislation and services have evolved over time to support individuals with specific learning difficulties. They will learn how national Special Educational Needs legislation and policy is implemented locally.




Career Opportunities & Further Study

Possibility of getting in a higher level distance learning course in a similar field


Paper based learning materials with online assessment

Paper based learning materials and paper based assessment

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course; however, learners should have a minimum of level one in literacy or equivalent.

Our Level 1 and 2 distance learning courses are free if eligible for government funding if you meet the following criteria:

  • Must be aged 19 and over as of 31/08/19
  • If aged 19-23, you must hold a full Level 2 qualification or above (five GCSEs/O Levels grade A-C/9-4, two or three AS Levels, one A Level, NVQ Level 2, First Certificate or Principle of Learning Level 2). If aged 24+ no qualifications are required.
  • A resident in the UK for the last 3 years
  • Not enrolled in any other distance learning course with us

How To Apply

Use the below link to apply for the above course.