Level 5 Diploma

The Learning Support Centre has over 17 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 DSA-QAG Quality Assurance Framework and Mandatory Criteria.

The Level 5 Diploma for Teaching and Assessing 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 course runs for 30 weeks, with contact time of one evening a week 7-9pm at our Leicester-based training centre.

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 28th January 2020 with completion in June 2020.

Places are limited so please contact us as soon as possible to book your place.


Teaching sessions will be delivered at: 

The Learning Support Centre, Phoenix Yard, 5-9 Upper Brown Street, Leicester, LE1 5TE.

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 the this qualification. Please contact us prior to application if you have concerns about meeting the pre-requisites of the course.

Course fees

£2000 + VAT

Early bird bookings £1800 + VAT (bookings before the end of June 2019)

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 use the online form below.

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