This course explores a range of SpLDs and their characteristics to help people identify the differences. Throughout the course, students develop their understanding of the positive aspects and strengths of individuals with SpLDs and explore the effects of SpLDs and barriers individuals may face.


Meet our students Elizabeth Lefever

Elizabeth Lefever

“I’ve always wanted to work in the childcare industry and chose this course as the best option to further my career. I like the fact that I have work placements in nurseries and schools to get more experience and become more confident. The support staff and teachers are happy to help and full of encouragement.”

Meet our students Luca Chareun

Luca Chareun

“I enjoyed the practical work experience within my course.”

  • Description

    Students discover how to provide support for individuals with SpLDs with a focus on the individual themselves and their own unique needs, alongside gaining an understanding of the process of formal diagnosis of SpLDs.

    This course is split into five manageable units. These are

    • Unit 1: Understand Specific Learning Difficulties
    • Unit 2: Understand the Effects of Specific Learning Difficulties
    • Unit 3: Understand the Diagnosis of Specific Learning Difficulties
    • Unit 4: Understanding Supporting Individuals with Specific Learning Difficulties
    • Unit 5: Understand the Context of Specific Learning Difficulties

    Ages 24+: Our L2 Study Online programmes are free to EU/UK Nationals regardless of previous qualifications. Ages 19 to 23 are eligible for free courses if they have already achieved a full L2 qualification or equivalent. Please contact us for clarification.
    Ages 19 to 23 who have not already achieved a full L2 qualification may be subject to costs. Please contact us for clarification.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will be issued with an Induction Workbook during your first discussion with your tutor; this workbook will determine whether you are suitable for the course. No specific prior learning requirements, although beneficial to have already achieved a Level 1 qualification in a health or health and social care related area. Anyone interested in working or already working in care would benefit from this course.

    Ages 24+: Our L2 Study Online programmes are free to EU/UK Nationals regardless of previous qualifications.

    Ages 19 to 23 are eligible for free courses if they have already achieved a full L2 qualification or equivalent. Please contact us for clarification.

    Ages 19 to 23 who have not already achieved a full L2 qualification may be subject to costs. Please contact us for clarification.

    Basic computer skills to operate the Online Learning Platform are advisable.

  • Qualification

    CACHE L2 in Dyslexia and Other Specific Learning Difficulties

  • Progression

    Please contact the Distance Learning team for available courses.

  • Assessment

    This course is distance learning. Assessment is by successful completion of all units in the workbook supplied which is then internally and externally moderated before certification.

  • Home Study

    Approximately 140 hours study. No lessons but there is support from the specialist tutor available if required. Study will be home-based and at the student's discretion within the timeframe stipulated by tutor.

  • Work Placement

    Student does not have to work in this sector to complete the course.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    Our Level 2 Study Online programmes are available for FREE to UK/EU nationals aged 19 and over.

Code Day Start End Times Fees*
CL2USLD 212201 Flexible Start - £0

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Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.