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Specific Learning Difficulties 1 - Communication Speech & Language Difficulties & Dyslexia

Stand Alone On-Line Blended Learning Modules • Level 9

Module Content & Structure
The aim of the modules is to provide substantial theoretical and practical continuing professional development for those interested in and/ or working with learners with special educational needs.

These standalone on-line blended learning modules involve e-tivities, discussion boards and face-to-face workshops. All on-line modules have a weighting of 15 ECTS. Modules are offered regularly over the academic year. All modules are completed within one semester (i.e. 12 weeks). Completion of two modules from the suite of on-line blended learning modules (30 ECTS) = Postgraduate Certificate.

Completion of four modules from the suite of on-line blended learning modules (60 ECTS) = Postgraduate Diploma.

Participants may progress to Masters level on successful completion of three modules from those
listed below which must include the online blended learning module on Educational Research

Module Description
This module focuses on developing the knowledge and skills required for supporting learners with specific learning difficulties (SLDs).

The module considers what 'specific learning difficulties' are, and how specific they are. It also addresses the needs of learners experiencing communication, speech and language difficulties and dyslexia.

Each area in turn will examine the most recent research information in relation to the nature and assessment of SLDs, and some of the intervention approaches suitable for learners with these difficulties.

Entry requirements

Level 8 Undergraduate Degree or equivalent. For students without the relevant academic qualification but with relevant previous experience, recognition for prior learning can be awarded.


1 semester.

Number of credits

30 ECTS - Postgraduate Certificate
60 ECTS - Postgraduate Diploma

Further enquiries

Centre for Special Educational Needs,
Inclusion and Diversity
Education Department
St. Angela's College
Lough Gill Sligo

T: 071 9195552/071 9143580

Assessment method

Assessment is continuous, with each module assessed independently through e-tivities, discussion boards and a written assignment or equivalent.

For those who opt not to be assessed, participants may audit a module or modules and receive a Certificate of Attendance from the Centre for Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and Diversity.

Application date

Application form online

Enrolment and start dates

Intake: Twice Annually (October and January)

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