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Key Facts

Level:
Level 5
Subject Sector:
13.2 Direct Learning Support
Credits:
60
Qualification No:
603/4630/9
GLH:
110 hours
Total qualification time:
600 hours
Price:
£200.00 per learner
Age Range:
19+

Qualification purpose

Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area

Qualification Grading Type

Pass

Assessment Methods

  • Portfolio of Evidence
  • Assignment
  • Observation
  • Presentation

  • Why choose this qualification?

    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.

    Rules of Combination

    Candidates must complete the 4 mandatory units.


    Units

    Mandatory Group

    Candidates must achieve the 4 mandatory units.

    Assessing the needs of individuals with dyslexia and/or other specific learning differences and barriers to literacy

    Level:
    Level 5
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    15
    Unit No:
    M/617/4658
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    Evaluation of teaching and learning programmes for individuals with dyslexia and/or other specific learning differences and barriers to literacy

    Level:
    Level 5
    Guided Learning Hours:
    15
    Credits:
    10
    Unit No:
    K/617/4660
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    Planning and teaching learning programmes for individuals with dyslexia and/or other specific learning differences and barriers to literacy

    Level:
    Level 5
    Guided Learning Hours:
    35
    Credits:
    20
    Unit No:
    T/617/4659
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    Understand the context of legislation and guidance with regards to special educational needs and equality in relation to dyslexia and/or other specific learning differences and barriers to literacy

    Level:
    Level 5
    Guided Learning Hours:
    30
    Credits:
    15
    Unit No:
    K/617/4657
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    Tutor/Assessor Requirements

    Tutor/Assessors must be fully qualified and experienced in the subject area in which they are delivering, details of which must be provided to Gateway Qualifications as part of the Qualification Approval application.

    Assessors and Verifiers must be occupationally competent. This means that each assessor/verifier must be capable of carrying out the full requirements within the competency units they are assessing. Being occupationally competent means, they are also occupationally knowledgeable. This occupational competence should be maintained annually through clearly demonstrable continuing learning and professional development.

    Assessors and Verifiers must: 

    • hold a recognised professional qualification in teaching, speech and language therapy or educational psychology 

    • hold a recognised SpLD qualification 

    • produce evidence of recent experience of teaching and assessing
    • be committed to ongoing professional development and updating.

    Occupational knowledge should be maintained annually through clearly demonstrable continuing learning and professional development.

    Assessors and verifiers must either: 

    • hold or be working towards a recognised assessor/verifier qualification (e.g. D32/33, A1 or Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment) 

    Or:
    • have experience of competence-based qualifications


    Internal Quality Assessor Requirements

    All internal quality assurance personnel must:
    • be qualified in quality assurance; appropriate qualifications would include: Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice, or as a verifier, (V1, D34). Centres must provide evidence of the training undertaken
    • be occupationally knowledgeable across the range of units for which they are responsible prior to commencing the role
    • maintain their occupational knowledge by actively engaging in continuous professional development activities in order to keep up-to-date with developments within the sector


    What is the purpose of this qualification?

    The 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 dyslexia and/or specific learning differences and barriers to literacy and numeracy acquisition.


    What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?

    The Level 5 Diploma aims to:
    • develop learners’ understanding of specific learning difficulties (dyslexia) affecting learning and cognition.
    • develop learners’ understanding of the context of learning and of the national and regional policies which affect SEN policies and provision within their own workplace.
    • develop learners’ ability to identify and assess the needs of learners with specific learning difficulties, using observation and evidence-based assessment.
    • develop learners’ ability to plan, deliver, review and evaluate effective teaching programmes for learners with specific learning difficulties, both in individual and small group settings.
    • plan, deliver and evaluate programmes which include both literacy and numeracy, and to understand how difficulties with language and literacy will affect the development of numeracy skills.
    • develop learners’ ability to work with others in supporting learners with specific learning difficulties.
    • develop learners’ professional valu


    How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?

    This is a specialist qualification which is a useful progression from the current Gateway Qualifications suite of Dyslexia qualifications.
    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 Institution
    • Speech and Language Therapists and other health professionals working in an educational setting
    • Chartered/graduate psychologists


    Which sector does this qualification support?

    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 Institution
    • Speech and Language Therapists and other health professionals working in an educational setting
    • Chartered/graduate psychologists


    What are the higher education progression options?

    Study at Level 5 may be a suitable stepping stone onto a Masters level qualification.


    Progression & Entry Requirements

    There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification however they are designed for qualified practising and experienced teachers and other professionals who hold recognised professional qualifications. Although Gateway Qualifications promotes open access to all qualifications, in practice, learners who do not have a professional background in providing learning support may find it difficult to access opportunities to generate the full range of evidence required to achieve the full qualification. Learners completing the Level 5 Diploma may be able to progress to the Gateway Qualifications Level 7 Diploma in Assessing and Teaching learners with Dyslexia, specific learning differences and barriers to literacy.

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