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Helen Arkell Level 5 Diploma Dyslexia in Teaching Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties & SpLD


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At Helen Arkell we have been successfully delivering courses in Teaching Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) for many years.   

We are recognised as being one of the ‘gold standard’ centres for delivering specialist teacher training.

We are unique in providing a very high proportion of tutor-to-candidate contact time to ensure that each candidate achieves to the very maximum of his/her ability.  

The tutor group system at Helen Arkell encourages candidates to share their wealth of knowledge and experiences during their weekly contact with each other. 

Read more about the benefits of training at Helen Arkell.

The fee includes assessment material starter pack.

Who is this course suitable for?

Candidates are likely to be practising and experienced teachers, teaching assistants, or professionals who hold other professional qualifications.

Candidates should have a good level of learning support experience.  

Candidates will need to have a high level of skill and be working at or above the equivalent of level 3 in the following key skill areas:  literacy, numeracy, IT, working with others, improving own learning and problem solving.  

What will I learn whilst on this course?

The Helen Arkell Level 5 course focuses on specialist teaching.  Candidates will learn how to assess for, plan and deliver a programme of specialist teaching to a learner who is experiencing difficulty in his/her learning. 

Candidates undertake two specialist teaching practices during the course and are observed and supported by tutors each week, as they teach their learners.   

Candidates will learn about current theories of dyslexia, and the indicators of other specific learning difficulties. 

Specialist reports from other professionals, such as an educational psychologist, or specialist assessor are analysed and each candidate will be expected to show how such a report would inform his/her understanding of the learner’s needs.

How long does the course last?

This course lasts for one academic year, starting in late September and completion is expected in July the following year.  

Attendance is required for one full day per week during term time.  Helen Arkell currently runs two level 5 courses. The teaching practices on the Tuesday course are carried out at KS1 and KS2, whereas the teaching practices on the Wednesday course are carried out at KS2 and KS3. The lecture content is the same on both courses.

At the start of the course, a timetable is given to each candidate that details lecture dates and when assignments are due to be submitted. 

How is the course structured?

The course consists of 4 modules.  You will attend Helen Arkell one day a week for lectures, tutorials, workshops and discussions.  You complete written assignments, undertake your own directed study and carry out teaching under the guidance of your tutor.    

As part of the course, our candidates undertake two teaching practices; these are arranged for you by the Centre’s staff in a local school and carried on your designated course day.  You will be observed during your teaching practice over several weeks and detailed feedback given to expand and enhance your skills.

Written work and assignments are marked and detailed feedback provided by an experienced tutor in order to support each candidate to meet the required course criteria.  

All modules are internally assessed and verified, then externally verified by CPD Standards. There is no requirement to sit written exams on this course. 

What opportunities are there to progress after I have successfully completed this course?

Upon successful completion of this qualification, candidates may be able to progress to the Helen Arkell Level 7 Diploma in Teaching and Assessing Learners with Dyslexia/Specific learning difficulties. 

See an example of SEN Job Vacancies advertised through Helen Arkell on behalf of schools and other organisations.


“ of the few courses where I have felt I have really developed as a teacher.  Combination of step by step teaching methods combined with practical application.” AG

“ I have learnt a huge amount in both a theoretical and a practical sense that I will use as a framework and ‘method’ for specialist teaching in the future” AH

“A fabulous course, delivered extremely well by knowledgeable and inspirational Tutors.” SH

“This course has changed my life, it has opened my eyes to the possibility of primary school classroom teaching and has given me a fantastic foundation for my primary school PGCE.” RB

“..I have an interview for my dream job .. and I have been offered (and accepted) the position…I could never have dreamed of such a job before starting my course with you and I just wanted to say a very sincere thank you to my tutor and all the other tutors who made my time at HA so memorable…” CB

"A completely new career for me, all thanks to Helen Arkell!"

Dates for 2019 - 2020 Primary

Beginning Tuesday 17 September 2019 and ending in July 2020. Attendance at Helen Arkell every Tuesday, excluding school holidays. Hours usually 9.00 – 4.00 pm, although start times can vary according to allocated teaching practice school.

Dates for 2019 - 2020 Secondary

Beginning Wednesday 19 September 2018 and ending in July 2020. Attendance at Helen Arkell every Wednesday, excluding school holidays. Hours usually 9.00 – 4.00 pm, although start times can vary according to allocated teaching practice school.

Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre is registered with the NUS - if you attend one of our courses you are eligible to apply for the NUS extra card which gives you some fantastic discounts in a range of places.

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