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?
Do you offer any funding for the level 5?

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.

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.
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 September 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 not currently offer a staggered payment system for the level 7, but we could register the level 7 course with the Professional Career Development Loan providers. Please contact info@dyslexiamatters.co.uk for 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.

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 September in the past.