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Helen Arkell Level 7 Diploma in Teaching and Assessing Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties


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

We are recognised as being one of the 'gold standard' centres for delivering Specialist Assessor 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.

Who is this course suitable for?

Candidates will be practising and experienced specialist teachers with a previous Level 5 qualification in Dyslexia/SpLD.

Candidates may be working within an advisory, training or managerial role and wish to extend their knowledge of theory and practice relating to SpLDs in more than one context.

Candidates will need to have a high level of skill and be working at or above the equivalent of level 4 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?

This Helen Arkell Level 7 course focuses on formal diagnostic assessment of learners for a variety of purposes, including setting a teaching programme, access arrangements in exams and making a diagnosis of dyslexia, (if appropriate).  Candidates also have to complete one teaching practice and are observed and supported by tutors each week, as they teach learners with more complex profiles.   

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, on a Thursday during term time.  

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 lectures and have tutorials, workshops and discussions, one day a week at Helen Arkell.  You will complete written assignments, undertake your own directed study and research and carry out teaching under the guidance of your tutor.    

As part of the course, our candidates undertake one teaching practice with a secondary age learner; this is arranged for you by the Centre’s staff in a local school and carried out as part of the course day.  You will be observed during your teaching practice over several weeks and detailed feedback given to extend and enhance your skills.

Candidates will also be observed carrying out the required formal diagnostic assessments.  These assessments are also organised for you by Centre staff and will take place in your teaching practice school.

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?

Candidates should also be able to progress to job roles that require the ability to:

  • Carry out diagnostic assessments for SpLD (Dyslexia) and write assessment reports on learners’ educational needs, to inform local authorities, other professionals, learners and parents/carers.
  • Carry out assessments and write reports on learners’ special assessment needs for schools, colleges, universities, local authorities and awarding bodies.
  • Take an advisory role with regard to formulating and implementing school/college policies for both inclusion and effective teaching of learners with SpLDs.

Candidates will also be able to apply for an Assessment Practising Certificate.

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


"Small tutorial groups allowed for valuable discussion and offered opportunity to ask questions. I have really appreciated the support given by tutors and chose Helen Arkell for this reason."

"Excellent to have face to face feedback and support compared to distance learning."

"Course structure was perfect. So beneficial to have a tutor that weekly watches teaching, marks assignments, gives feedback in tutorials - very personal."

"This has been a great course. It has been fantastic to meet so many lovely people and I feel that my knowledge of dyslexia and SpLD has increased enormously."

If you would like further information regarding 2021 intake please contact: 

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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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