OCR Level 7 Diploma

OCR Level 7 Diploma in Assessing and Teaching Learners with Dyslexia /Specific Learning Difficulties – 10219

This Diploma is accredited at Level 7 of the National Qualifications and Credit Framework. It is designed to provide continuing professional development that builds on from knowledge and skills achieved in the Level 5 Diploma.

What are the aims of the course?

The Level 7 qualification is designed primarily to provide a route for continued professional development for teachers/trainers with responsibility for learners with specific learning difficulties in literacy and numeracy acquisition. These difficulties may also affect communication and interaction. This qualification would be appropriate for teachers/trainers with responsibility for SpLD across a whole age phase/centre and who are involved in advising and supporting classroom teachers.

Holders of the Level 7 Diploma 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 assessment for eligibility for access arrangements in public examinations 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.

The Level 7 Diploma is recognised by:

  • The British Dyslexia Association towards AMBDA status.
  • The SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) towards the achievement of an assessment practising certificate
  • The JCQ as an approved qualification for the provision of supporting evidence on behalf of examination candidates with learning difficulties.
  • The Open University, where points can be used to progress on to higher education qualifications

How can I find out about the course content?

There are 6 units of study:

  1. Understand theoretical concepts for teaching individuals with dyslexia/SpLDs
  2. Understanding psychometric and educational assessment methods in the context of dyslexia/SpLDs
  3. Assessing individuals for dyslexia/SpLDs
  4. Planning and teaching learning programmes for individuals with dyslexia/SpLDs
  5. Evaluation of teaching and learning programmes for individuals with dyslexia/SpLDs
  6. Relating theoretical and methodological perspectives to practice in the context of dyslexia/SpLDs

The full unit descriptors can be viewed and downloaded from the OCR’s website:

Go to www.ocr.org.uk

  • On the home page there is a ‘Qualification finder’
  • Type in the OCR Qualification Code 10219 then click on the drop down box that appears with the qualification name in it.
  • You will be able to view the ‘Datasheet’ and ‘Centre Handbook’ by clicking ‘(2) Key Documents’ and more information on the 6 units of study by clicking ‘+(6) units’

Who is the course for?

The target group is likely to include:

  • Specialist and Advisory teachers
  • SENCOs/Learning Support tutors and managers
  • Speech and Language therapists and other professionals working in an educational setting.

What qualifications do I need to study for this course?

The OCR operates an open access policy for this qualification although candidates are likely to be primarily qualified and practising teachers or other professionals who hold a recognised professional qualification. Candidates who do not have a professional background in providing learning support may find it difficult to access opportunities to generate the full range of evidence required to achieve the full qualification.

It is anticipated that candidates will already have a high level of skill and be working at or above the equivalent of Level 5 in the following key skill areas: literacy, numeracy, ICT, working with others, improving own learning and problem solving.

As a Centre, we will not accept anyone on the level 7 course who has not achieved the OCR level 5 diploma in teaching learners with dyslexia/SpLD.

What is the credit value of the course?

60 altogether.

Can I claim Accreditation of Prior Learning?

Level 7 units 4 and 5 are taken from the Level 5 Diploma (units 2 and 3). Candidates who have already achieved the Level 5 Diploma can receive accreditation of prior learning (APL) for the two teaching units as long as the qualification was achieved within the last three years. If the qualification was achieved over 3 years ago, current evidence for units 4 and 5 will have to be produced during the year of study.

How is the course delivered?

Thursday afternoon sessions will include lectures, tutorials, workshops, discussion groups and candidate presentations. Additional practical activities will include a 12 week teaching practice and three formal diagnostic assessments. Significant independent research and directed study is expected during the candidate’s own time.

How much work is involved?

There are 140 guided learning hours, but a good deal of additional work is carried out during individual study time. Successful candidates are good at managing their time and set aside quality time each week for independent study and research.

How will my work be assessed?

This qualification is competence-based. This means that it is linked to a person’s ability to competently perform a range of tasks connected with their work. The candidate’s tutor will usually mark written work for the units. Formative and summative assessment of written work will be carried out on a regular basis. Direct observation of practical teaching and formal diagnostic assessments will be carried out: evidence may be required on DVD.

All work is internally assessed and internally quality assured by centre staff, then externally quality assured by external OCR Assessors.

How will I be supported?

Each candidate will be assigned an individual tutor who will assess his or her work. The tutor will be available for email contact between sessions. We encourage peer support.

Do I have to come every session?

Yes, 100% attendance is expected.

Are there any course text books?

Recommended course texts:

Dyslexia: Assessing and Reporting The Patoss Guide 2nd Edition by Anwen Jones & Katherine Kindersley ISBN 9781444190342 Pub. Hodder Education

The Psychology of Dyslexia: with case studies CD ROM: A Handbook for Teachers 2nd Edition by Michael Thomson ISBN 047069954X Pub Wiley Blackwell

For secondary Level and FE candidates: Dyslexia: Assessing the need for Access Arrangements during Examinations A Practical Guide 5th Edition Ed. Anwen Jones ISBN 0-9539315-4-4 Pub. PATOSS

When does it take place?

The course will run on a Thursday afternoon, 1.00 – 5.00pm, during term times. It will start in September 2019 for a year.

Where does it take place?

Greenvale Infant School, Chatham, Kent ME4 5UH

How much does it cost?

The course fees for the whole year are £3,600; this includes all lectures, tutorials, assessment, internal quality assurance, OCR registration and certification fees.

Is there a flexible payment option?

Course fees can be paid in 3 termly instalments to spread the cost across the year.