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Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties Level 2

Course overview

This qualification aims to provide knowledge of several different Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs), how they are diagnosed and how individuals can be supported. Candidates will develop an understanding of the positive aspects and strengths or individuals with specific learning difficulties in addition to exploring the barriers they may face.

Course duration

8 - 12 Weeks

Delivery method



Level 2


£299 (Funding is available - eligibility criteria may apply)


Eligible for funding (eligibility criteria may apply). Please contact our team for advice on finance and funding options.

Suitable for

This course is suitable for students aged 14 and over. It is ideal for anyone who currently works in, or would like to work in, the education and health and social care sectors.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, candidates will understand SpLDs and the effects of them, you will know how to gain an early diagnosis and you will be able to support individuals with SpLDs.

Course content

  • Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties:
    • What is meant by the term ‘Specific Learning Difficulty’
    • Characteristics of different difficulties and co-occurring conditions
    • Common misconceptions
    • How the difficulty is a lifelong condition
  • Understanding the effects of Specific Learning Difficulties:
    • How Specific Learning Difficulties affect an individual’s life and those of others around them
    • How the attitudes of others can impact the individuals 
    • The the strengths and barriers an individual may experience
  • Understanding the diagnosis of Specific Learning Difficulties:
    • The importance of gaining an early diagnosis
    • The impact of delayed or non-diagnosis
    • The diagnosis process and the professionals involved
  • Understanding how to support individuals with Specific Learning Difficulties:
    • How to support an individual with a Specific Learning Difficulty in a variety of settings
    • Different coping strategies
    • Assistive technology that can be used as support
  • Understanding the context of Specific Learning Difficulties:
    • How attitudes, legislation and services have evolved over time to support individuals with Specific Learning Difficulties

Course requirements

Candidates will require the following equipment for distance learning:

  • PC or laptop with a microphone and speakers (a webcam is preferred but not essential)
  • Access to the internet and web browser application (e.g. Google Chrome)
  • An email account for file sharing

For more information about this course please contact us.

Queens Court Regent Street Barnsley South Yorkshire S70 2EG
Tel: 01226 216760 | Email: |

These course details were downloaded on 20/04/2024

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