This qualification links theory to practice and is accredited onto the Qualifications and Credit Framework.
The Level 7 Diploma is recognised by the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) towards the achievement of an Assessment Practising Certificate. Please note that the Level 5 Diploma must be completed before progressing to the Level 7 Diploma.
For further information or enquiries please contact Jennifer Hyde, [email protected]
This qualification is designed as a progression course from the Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Learners with Dyslexia/SpLDs and this course must have been passed either at Mary Hare School or another accredited OCR centre.
Candidates for this course will not only teach learners who have specific learning needs but also need to provide formal diagnostic assessment reports based on the use of standardised assessment tests. You will have a broader role which involves providing advice to others with regard to appropriate teaching programmes for the individuals you have assessed.
The Level 7 Diploma aims to develop your ability to:
- identify and assess the needs of learners with specific learning difficulties, using observation and evidence-based assessment and standard tests
- write assessment reports and teaching programmes to inform and advise other professionals on learners with specific learning needs
- write assessment reports to advise external bodies (eg awarding bodies and LEAs) with regard to learners specific assessment needs
- commit to professional values and professional standards
- understand a range of specific learning difficulties affecting learning and cognition
- plan, deliver, review and evaluate effective teaching programmes for learners with specific learning difficulties, both in individual and small group settings
- plan, deliver and evaluate programmes which include both literacy and numeracy, and to understand how difficulties with language and literacy will affect the development of numeracy skills
- work with others in supporting learners with specific learning difficulties
- understand theoretical concepts of specific learning difficulties with reference to international research
You must have passed the OCR Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Learners with Dyslexia/SpLDs either at Mary Hare School or another accredited OCR centre. If you passed this qualification more than 3 years ago, or at another centre, you will be required to provide evidence of your Continuing Professional Development and current teaching practice. This qualification is designed primarily for qualified practising and experienced teachers and other professionals who hold recognised professional qualifications. Although OCR promotes open access to all qualifications, in practice, if you do not have a professional background in providing learning support you may find it difficult to access opportunities to generate the full range of evidence required to achieve the full qualification. You should have at least 2 years of learning support experience and should have unrestricted access to appropriate teaching and assessment practice.
It is anticipated that you will have a high level of skill and be working at or above the equivalent of Level 4 in the following key skill areas: literacy, numeracy, ICT, working with others, improving own learning and problem solving.
You will be required to attend an interview at which your work on the Level 5 Diploma course will be discussed. You must also provide a letter of support from the school or college where you work for your teaching and assessment practices. This will be discussed at interview. Please note that places cannot be offered on this course without completing this process.
This qualification is competence-based. This means that assessment is linked to your ability to competently perform a range of tasks connected with your role as a specialist teacher and assessor. Your coursework work will be internally assessed and verified by centre staff and externally verified by OCR Assessors. You will complete:
- a supervised full diagnostic assessment of a learner’s specific learning difficulties and write a report of your findings and recommendations for support
- a supervised assessment of a learner’s needs when being entered for examinations
- a supervised teaching practice of a learner who has more complex needs than those encountered at Level 5
- a 5000 word essay and 15 minute presentation on your level 7 teaching case study
- a report on assessment practices
Candidates will be able to progress to MEds and other higher level qualifications in education. Candidates will also be able to progress to job roles which require the ability to:
- carry out diagnostic assessments for specific learning difficulties (dyslexia) and write assessment reports on learners’ educational needs, to inform LEAs, other professionals, learners and parents/carers
- carry out assessments and write reports on learners’ special assessment needs for schools, colleges, LEAs and awarding bodies
- take an advisory role with regard to formulating and implementing school/college policies for both inclusion and effective teaching of learners with specific learning difficulties
Learners should expect to spend an average of 5 to 10 hours per week practicing diagnostic assessment tests, researching, assessing learners' needs, planning lessons, teaching and evaluating progress.
Class format and attendance
The course consists of 26 x 3 hour sessions and will last 1 academic year. Each session will consist of two segments. First we will introduce and explore concepts integral to SpLD assessment and teaching. Then we will work in groups to discuss and develop your knowledge of teaching learners with more challenging SpLDs, assessment case studies, and completing your portfolios of evidence. You are expected to commit to class attendance and assignment deadlines.
The Level 7 Diploma fees for 2017 - 2018 are £2600. This includes all tuition, observation, assessment, registration fees and refreshments. You will also be provided with copies of all the assessment materials needed for the assessment case studies you will be carrying out.
The course will be held on Thursdays from 17.00 – 20.00 at Mary Hare School. The first class will be on 14th September 2017.