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FAQ Level 5 Diploma

How do I enrol on one of your courses?

On our website, click on the course that you are interested in and complete an application form. Or click here.

For the Level 5 Diploma and Level 7 courses, you will receive a phone call to discuss processing your application.

When do the online courses start?
When do the Blended Learning for the Level 5 Diploma and the Level 7 start?
Do I need to work in an educational setting to do the Level 5 Diploma?
I am interested in your level 5 specialist teacher diploma. Is your course eligible for an advanced learner loan or any other help with the funding?
What does ' VAT often refundable by schools' mean?
Can I pay in instalments?
How much of the Level 5 Diploma course is devoted to practical teaching?
Do you have to be very competent in ICT?
Is the online course the same as the blended learning 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?
How much support will I receive?
Do I have to come from a teaching background to apply?
Can I diagnose dyslexia if I do a level 5 course?
Can I go straight into the level 7 course if I have the SENCO award?
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?
When do I start teaching my learners?
Can I teach both my learners at the same time?
Can I teach my learners for more than one hour a week?
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?
What happens when I submit my portfolio to my assessor?
When will I get my certificate?

Level 7 2019

How do I enrol on one of your courses?

On our website, click on the course that you are interested in and complete an application form. 

For the Level 5 Diploma and Level 7 courses, you will receive a phone call to discuss processing your application.

When does the Level 7 course begin?
Can I pay in instalments for the Level 7?
I have recently completed the level 5 and I see that I’m exempt from units 4 and 5 of the Level 7 Diploma in Teaching and Assessing Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties; would this bring down the cost of the specialist teacher and assessor diploma?
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?
Are we given resource material as part of the course?
Do you lend out test kits and do you charge for this?
How do we submit essays?
Would PATOSS issue a practicing certificate if candidates do not complete the full diploma course?
What happens when I submit my portfolio to my assessor?
When will I get my certificate?

About our 2019 Courses

What do the different levels mean?

Level 2 is the equivalent level to GCSEs courses with grades A-C or 4 - 9

Level 3 courses are at the equivalent level to GCE A Levels

Level 5 courses are at the equivalent level to a foundation degree or diploma of higher education

Level 7 courses are at postgraduate level.

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What do credits mean?
Which courses can I do with Dyslexia Matters?
Can I progress from one level to the next?
Will I get a discount if I’ve already done a course at a lower level?
Why are there two level 5 courses?
How do I enrol on one of your courses?
Can I diagnose dyslexia if I do a level 5 course?
Can I go straight into the level 7 course if I have the SENCO award?

Level 2 & 3 Courses

What are the CPD options?

Candidates can choose to do the CPD option or the whole qualification.

The full OCN qualification includes assignments that are marked by a tutor and then scrutinised by the Internal and External Quality Assurance processes. Candidates who take the CPD option will not have any assignments marked but will have full access to all the theory of the course.

What is the cost?
CPD option
When does the course start?
Can I pay in instalments?
Course requirements

OCN Level 5 Award

The OCN Level 5 Award

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.

The skills you will learn with the award will be applicable to teaching both groups and individuals, although the course focuses on teaching groups because our feedback from SENDCos was that they were rarely, if ever, in a fortunate enough position to teach individuals, so needed to find out how to meet the needs of diverse learners with difficulties in a group. If anything it is easier, rather than harder to teach individuals, so applying the knowledge to individuals will be simple.

In the course materials you will cover background knowledge about dyslexia, be given a diverse range of informal assessment materials which should prove invaluable for you   and then do a short teaching practice to practise the skills learned.

The Study guides were written by Janice Wearmouth, who is Professor of Education at Bedford University in collaboration with Dyslexia Matters, so have the depth of knowledge you will need. The assignments and informal assessment materials are written by the Dyslexia Matters team following years of honing their materials for the diploma course.

You will work with a small group of three students.  There is a requirement for you to film one session, but the sessions are very short (15 minutes). It will take between 6-9 months to complete the award and is around 120 hours study time. On completion you would get an OCN certificate.

It is a solid, yet highly practical course, designed for people who are not in a position to do the full Diploma.