FAQ

Find answers to our commonly asked questions.

Questions you may have before starting the level 5

Is the course accredited learning?
Yes 42 credits for the L5, 60 credits for L7
Can I pay in instalments?
Are we given resource material as part of the course?
How much of the course is devoted to practical teaching?
Do I have to be very competent in ICT?
Is the online course the same as the face to face course?
Do I have my tutor for the whole of the course?
How do we submit essays? How do we submit work from children?
How long does it take to complete the Level 5?
If I decide not to complete the course do I pay a penalty?
Will the level 5 allow me to assess?
How is the practical side assessed by tutors?
Do I need to read all of the reading books on the reading list?
Is my folder returned to me on completion?
Do I have to come from a teaching background to apply?
Why can't I go straight on to do the level 7 instead of doing the level 5 first?

FAQ's during the level 5 OCR Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties

For the teaching practice do I need children from both primary key stages or could I work with one child and one adult instead, or an older child?

You will need to work with 2 learners from 2 consecutive key stages, or 2 adults (provided they have as different needs as possible). You can work with a key stage 5 and an adult.

It is best to check the appropriateness and ages of your learners with your tutor before you commit to an age group or any individual.

When do I start teaching my learners?
When do questionnaires completed with rationale need to be done?
If I did my assessments over 6 months ago, are they still relevant?
Is there a guideline that tells me at what point I should be at a certain time?
Is it beneficial to become a member of PATOSS?
Do I have to have the Level 5 before doing the level 7?

On completion of the level 5

When will I get my certificate?
OCR requires us to have two visits a year from the External Quality Assurer. The External Quality Assurer checks and verifies our assessment judgements. Over the years of delivering this course we have never had a judgement questioned. We will let you know the outcome of the External Verifier’s inspection straight after the visit, and your certificate will be sent to you a few weeks after that, as soon as we receive them from OCR. You will be told when the next EQA visit is. They have been in February and June in the past.

Before starting the Level 7 OCR Diploma in Teaching and Assessing Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties

Can I pay in instalments for the Level 7?

We do offer a staggered payment system for the level 7. Please contact info@dyslexiamatters.co.ukfor details.

Why do I have to submit a copy of one of my level 5 essays when applying for a level 7 course?
Is the Level 7 online?
Why or when would I have to do the teaching practice of the Level 5 again?
How long does the Level 7 take?

FAQ's during the level 7 OCR Diploma in Teaching and Assessing Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties

Do you lend out test kits and do you charge for this?

Yes, we do. Please contact lesley@dyslexiamatters.co.uk for all test kit enquiries.

Would PATOSS would issue a practicing certificate if candidates do not complete the full diploma course?

On completion of the level 7

When will I get my certificate?

OCR requires us to have two visits a year from the External Quality Assurer. The External Quality Assurer checks and verifies our assessment judgements. Over the years of delivering this course we have never had a judgement questioned. We will let you know the outcome for the External Verifier’s inspection straight after the visit, and your certificate will be sent to you a few weeks after that. You will be told when the next EQA visit is. They have been in February and June in the past.

 Candidates who gain the OCR level 5 diploma have a qualification that is recognised as being of ATS (approved teacher status) or APS (approved practitioner status) from the British Dyslexia Association (BDA). When candidates qualify with the diploma they can apply for ATS or APS status from the BDA – it costs some money but the conditions for gaining the status are met by the OCR course i.e. 20 hours of 1:1 teaching practice. Very few of our candidates apply for ATS/APS status, as most schools and colleges recognise that the OCR course is the equivalent, but some SLT have only heard of ATS/APS and therefore require that particular piece of paper. If you are thinking that you want to become a specialist teacher, this is the route for you. It is the gold standard.

The level 5 Award in group interventions is a shorter award for candidates who want to further their understanding of dyslexia/spld but who do not want to do the full diploma. It is an accredited course, through OCN, but the teaching practice is much shorter, hence candidates cannot gain ATS/APS status. It is designed for teachers/SENCos who don’t wish to call themselves or indeed work as specialist teachers, but who want to make sure they are doing the best they can for their students, so they may do a suite of courses e.g. Elklan for speech, language and communication; Teacch training for Autism, and the group intervention award for dyslexia/spld.

Learner 1 has to be taught for 12 – 14 hours over a minimum of 6 weeks, and learner 2 for 6 – 8 hours over a minimum of 4 weeks. Teaching over the minimum period of 10 weeks is not good for the learners (as they would have to have at least 2 hours a week, which is far from ideal as 1:1 teaching is so intensive), and isn’t good for candidates as well, as evaluations have to be made on one lesson before the next lesson is taught, so the turnaround period is very tight if candidates try to teach 2 x 1 hour lessons a week. Candidates cannot teach the learners concurrently – the idea is that candidates learn from their experiences with learner 1 before going on to teach learner 2.