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Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties Certificate (Online)

Approximately 15% of people are affected by Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) including dyslexia, dyscalculia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). This distance learning course is ideal for those who work with individuals with SpLDs and would like to increase their understanding.

This course explores a range of SpLDs and their characteristics to help you identify the differences. Throughout this distance learning course, you will develop your understanding of the positive aspects and strengths of individuals with SpLDs in addition to exploring the effects of SpLDs and barriers individuals may face. You will discover how to provide support for individuals with SpLDs with a focus on the individual and their own unique needs, alongside gaining an understanding of the process of formal diagnosis of SpLDs.

The course materials include two detailed textbooks and accompanying comprehension sheets to complete. You will also be assigned a dedicated tutor to offer distance learning support via phone or face-to-face tutorials.

You will be sent the resources and materials in a pack and complete five modules, all about understanding this important condition. This allows you to complete the course flexibly and in the comfort of your own home. You are, of course, welcome to use the South Devon College Library located at the Paignton Campus.

If you are aged 19 and over you may have options to help fund your studies with us. The funding you can receive depends on your personal circumstances, and could mean you are entitled to free or reduced course fees. You may also be entitled to support with travel, childcare and equipment. To find out exactly what you could receive, contact our Helpzone team on 08000 380 123 for a free, impartial appointment, with no commitment necessary.

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Code Location Dates Day Times Weeks 19+ Fee  
FC Courses marked are full cost with no reductions available.
T2 Courses marked may entitle you to free tuition fees if you are enrolling on your first full Level 2 qualification and are 19 to 23 years olds.
T3 Courses marked may entitle you to free tuition fees if you are enrolling on your first full Level 3 qualification and are 19 to 23 years olds.
19+ Courses marked may entitle you to an Advanced Learning Loan to help fund your studies, available for learners aged 19 or over.

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