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This module aims to promote participants’ understanding of the nature and implications for learning and teaching of dyslexia.  This is achieved through exposure to different theoretical and research perspectives, and critical engagement with a range of relevant issues.  The module starts with an overview of the nature of dyslexia and proceeds with a critical examination of issues relating to identification and support.  A range of approaches and practices used to support learners with dyslexia are considered.  Based on their developing understanding of dyslexia, participants are invited to make informed judgments about the features of effective educational provision for learners with dyslexia.

On successful completion of this module, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate and work with knowledge that covers and integrates the main dimensions of dyslexia, including their features, boundaries, terminology and conventions.
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the principal theories, concepts and principles associated with dyslexia.
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of current issues associated with dyslexia.
  • Present reasoned arguments and express ideas in a clear, coherent academic style drawing on academic literature relating to the themes explored during the module and relating these to their own professional experiences.

This is an SCQF Level 11 module and upon successful completion, participants will be awarded 20 credits.



The module delivery is structured around four tasks; a two-week period is devoted to each task.

  • 11th to 24th September: Task 1: What is dyslexia? How is dyslexia diagnosed?
  • 25th September to 8th October: Task 2: What theories can help explain the challenges learners with dyslexia may experience in school?
  • 9th to 22nd October: Task 3: What constitutes effective support provision for learners with dyslexia?
  • 23rd October to 5th November: Task 4:  What can we learn from accounts of first-hand experiences of dyslexia?
  • 6th to 12th November: Consolidation and formative assessment preparation 
  • 6th November: Consolidation Zoom call (optional)
  • November 13th: Formative assessment submission deadline 5pm
  • November 13th to 3rd December: Consolidation and preparation of the summative assessment for submission
  • December 4th: Summative assessment submission deadline 5pm


Course presenter

This module will be delivered by Dr Lisa McAuliffe.


NOTE: This is a university module and upon approval of your application, you will be invited to register and then supported to complete enrolment. To enrol on the university system, the first step involves security set-up using the Microsoft Authenticator app; you will need to ensure that you have a compatible smartphone.

Further information is available at the Student Information Portal.

To access this module via the CPD route, individuals should be ordinarily resident in Scotland.  If you do not meet this criteria, please enquire here.

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