Specific Learning Difficulties

This qualification aims to give learners knowledge of different Specific Learning Difficulties, how they are diagnosed and how individuals can be supported. The qualification can be used by a wide range of learners looking to improve their knowledge and awareness.

Fully-funded via the UK Government in the form of the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

  • Free online course


  • Course duration

    6 weeks

  • Support

    Expert tutor support available

  • Experience

    No previous knowledge is required or assumed

  • Awarding body

    NCFE or TQUK depending on location and training provider

Overview of Specific Learning Difficulties

Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

Around 15% of people have a learning difficulty, which means they can find it harder to learn certain skills. If you’re looking to improve your understanding and awareness of learning difficulties, this is the course for you. 

You will learn about a range of specific learning difficulties, including ADHD, dyslexia and dyscalculia.

Who is it suitable for?

This qualification will be suitable for teaching staff, care staff or anyone looking to build their knowledge of dyslexia and other learning difficulties.

Course units

To achieve this qualification, learners are required to successfully complete all 5 mandatory units.

Understand Specific Learning Difficulties

In this unit learners will gain an understanding of what is meant by Specific Learning Difficulties. They will research the characteristics of different difficulties and co-occurring conditions.

They will also gain an understanding of common misconceptions and how the difficulty is a lifelong condition.

Understand the effects of Specific Learning Difficulties

In this unit learners will gain an understanding of how Specific Learning Difficulties affect an individual’s life and those of others.

They will also understand how the attitudes of others can impact the individual. Learners will identify the strengths and barriers an individual may experience and how this can impact them.

Understand the diagnosis of Specific Learning Difficulties

In this unit learners will understand the importance of gaining an early diagnosis and the impact of delayed or non-diagnosis. 

They will also investigate the diagnosis process and the professionals involved.

Understanding supporting individuals with Specific Learning Difficulties

In this unit learners will understand how to support an individual with a Specific Learning Difficulty in different settings.

They will gain an understanding of different coping strategies and assistive technology that can be used to support an individual.

They will also understand the roles of professionals in providing support.

Understand the context of Specific Learning Difficulties

In this unit learners will understand how attitudes, legislation and services have evolved over time to support individuals with Specific Learning Difficulties.

They will outline relevant legislation, polices and guidance and understand how these are implemented to support individuals.

Get certified

Gain a nationally recognised level 2 accredited certificate.

Qualification benefits

Develop your skills

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Improve your CV

Level 2 qualifications are nationally recognised and accredited, giving you the foundations to improve your job prospects.

Course sample

Download the sample workbook



Been in the UK or EU for three years for purposes other than study.


19+ at the start of the academic year.


  • Not on an apprenticeship.
  • Not completed any part of the course before.
  • 19-23-year-olds must have a level 2 or higher prior to attainment.

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