Applications now open for Monday 27th February 2023 start

The Learning Support Centre has over 19 years’ experience supporting students in Higher and Further Education. Our Level 5 Diploma is a fantastic opportunity to further develop your skills as a disability practitioner and gain a qualification to support students with dyslexia and specific learning differences (SpLD).

Candidates who complete the course will have the relevant qualifications to register as a Specialist SpLD Study Skills Tutor and work one-to-one with students to enable them to develop strategies to improve their academic skills in education and the workplace. 

Approved by OfQual and accredited by Gateway Qualifications.

Accepted for associate membership with 



The Dyslexia Guild  

British Dyslexia Association (BDA) 

Meets Disabled Students’ Allowances Department of Education Mandatory Criteria

The Level 5 Diploma for Teaching Learners with Dyslexia, Specific Learning Differences and Barriers to Literacy will:

  • Develop candidates’ understanding of specific learning differences and how they can impact on learning and cognition
  • Develop candidates’ understanding of the context of learning and of the national and regional policies which affect SEN and Equality policies and provision within their own workplace
  • Develop candidates’ ability to identify and assess the needs of learners with specific learning differences, using observation and evidence-based assessment.
  • Develop candidates’ ability to plan, deliver, review and evaluate effective teaching programmes for learners with specific learning differences, in individual and small group settings.
  • Plan, deliver and evaluate programmes which include both literacy and numeracy, and understand how difficulties with language and literacy will affect the development of numeracy skills
  • Develop candidates’ ability to work with others in supporting learners with specific learning differences
  • Develop candidates’ professional values and commitment to professional standards.

Course Structure 

The next cohort starts on 31st January and runs for 12 months, with contact time on a Monday afternoon 6:30-8:30pm online for 30 weeks.

The course is ideally structured to ensure learners achieve a positive learning experience and provides one-to one tutor support and opportunities for candidates to network with colleagues and experience up to date knowledge on assistive technology and strategies being used by professionals currently working in the sector. 

Enrolment is from January 2023 with completion in January 2024. Places are limited so please contact us as soon as possible to book your place.


Teaching sessions will be delivered Online

Pre-requisites for the course

Candidates will be asked to complete an application form, which includes confirming qualifications and documents specified as entry requirements of the course:

  • Photo identification e.g. passport or photo driving license
  • Current DBS certificate or registration with the DBS update service
  • Level  2 English and Maths (e.g. GCSE grade A-C) or equivalent
  • Level  4 teaching or training qualification 
  • Education to degree level or equivalent 
  • Experience working in an educational setting.


Candidates who are accepted onto the course and invited for enrolment must provide evidence of their qualifications and produce their documents at that stage.

The Learning Support Centre promotes open access to all qualifications. Candidates who do not have a professional background in education and learning support may find it difficult to access opportunities to generate the full range of evidence required to achieve this qualification. Please contact us prior to application if you have concerns about meeting the pre-requisites of the course.

Course fees

£2800 Inclusive of VAT

We also offer training on other specialisms:

  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Disability support practitioner Induction
  • Electronic note taking
  • Disability support practitioner induction
  • Manual note taking 
  • Mental health conditions
  • Visual impairment and sighted guide.

If you would like more information on the training we offer, please contact us on 0116 2548881 or email