Helping pupils to achieve more in literacy is a key priority for all schools and it is a goal that includes those with specific difficulties. The Level 5 Diploma will teach you to use non-standardised assessments to identify literacy difficulties and to plan and deliver specialist teaching. If you have completed the OCR Level 5 Diploma you can apply for the Level 7 qualification.
The Level 7 Diploma will teach you to administer standardised tests, write diagnostic dyslexia reports and reports for access arrangements as a specialist teacher. You will develop an in-depth knowledge of theory and practice relating to specific learning difficulties in a range of contexts. You can use the Level 7 qualification towards our MA in Education.
Making a difference to your school
Debby Andrews talks about her experiences on the course:
I have always been passionate about teaching children to read, which is why I have taught for more than 20 years in infant and Key Stage 1 classrooms. I decided to do the OCR course so that I would be in a better position to help children who were really struggling to make sense of print. I also wanted to be able to assess children for dyslexia both within the school and, looking to the future, in a private capacity.
I wasn’t sure about studying again initially – it had been over 20 years since I last wrote an essay! But I needn’t have worried. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment – in fact it was great to study again and I wasn’t as rusty as I thought I would be. I suppose studying is a bit like riding a bike, you never forget.
OCR’s impact on my practice
I teach in a small village primary school with just less than 100 children in total. I have been the SENCo since I joined the school in 2000 but my role has been to co-ordinate rather than to teach children with special educational needs. However, this year, the head felt that because of my OCR training, it would be sensible for me to actually teach children with reading and spelling difficulties. I therefore have the luxury of being out of the class and working with individual children and small groups putting into practice all I have learnt over the last year. What a privilege! I am working with children with dyslexia, children with reading and spelling difficulties (as yet undiagnosed) and booster groups. My only problem is sleeping – my enthusiasm is keeping me awake at night.
I am looking forward to what promises to be an exciting, challenging year two. I then want to go on and finish my Masters in Education – my thirst for study has been rekindled.
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This course is designed to help education professionals who already have some experience of supporting pupils with specific learning difficulties in literacy.
You will develop an understanding of dyslexia and improve your ability to deliver effective teaching and support to learners with specific difficulties in literacy and numeracy. The course is designed for qualified teachers and teaching assistants who wish to provide specific support for dyslexic learners.
The Level 5 Diploma will provide a recognised qualification in specialist teaching. The Level 7 Diploma provides the training you need to become a specialist teacher able to carry out diagnostic assessments and write reports, as well as delivering effective teaching. You will achieve assessor qualification recognised by Examination Boards, enabling you to apply for a Practising Certificate which evidences your ability to write reports for those who need special arrangements in National Curriculum Tests and external examinations. You will also be able to write dyslexia reports in support of students applying for Disabled Students’ Allowance for university entry.
You will be assessed on coursework and observations of your teaching practice. All qualifications are internally assessed and externally verified by OCR.
Facilities and Special Features
This course combines the theoretical knowledge underpinning the identification, assessment and teaching of dyslexic learners with the practical skills you need to provide the appropriate support.
We are annually reviewed by OCR and receive excellent results.
With these qualifications, you will be in a great position to find work as a specialist literacy or dyslexia teacher (Level 5) or assessor (Level 7).
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Candidates should have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Some Learning Support Assistants (LSA), Teaching Assistants (TA) and other professionals can apply, and are accepted depending on experience and qualifications.
Level 7 Diploma: Candidates should have QTS.
If you have previously completed the OCR Level 5 Certificate you may apply directly for year two of the level 7 course.
All candidates must have access to students for teaching practices and assessments. We encourage candidates from all phases of education to apply.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|OCR Level 5 Certificate (OCR10218):||£2,500|
|OCR Level 7 Diploma (OCR10219)*:||£2,200|
This course is not eligible for student support from Student Finance England.
Please note that you must have achieved the OCR Level 5 Diploma to be able to apply for the OCR Level 7 Diploma.
*OCR Level 7 Diploma fees are quoted for students that are taking this course as a direct top-up from the Level 5 Diploma.