Dyslexia Awareness - Level 1 Award - virtual (13RN10AL/20)

Online Course

Course details

This virtual course is suitable for anyone that wants to learn more about dyslexia, and could be particularly helpful for those working – or planning to work – in an educational support role.

You probably already know that dyslexia is one of the most common language-based learning difficulties, and can cause problems with reading and writing. But what do you know about how it actually works, and how it affects people in different ways? On the first level of our Dyslexia Awareness course you’ll learn about the typical characteristics of dyslexia, and the different ways in which it can affect people. You’ll find out how to identify possible social, emotional and behavioural effects of dyslexia, and you’ll identify some of the key learning difficulties experienced by individuals with dyslexia. You’ll then begin to investigate some of the coping strategies that can be adopted by people with dyslexia, and you’ll start to discover some of the strategies and interventions that can be used to support them.

What do I need to join the course?

All you need is an interest in helping others and enthusiasm to learn. If you are currently studying or plan to study topics such as counselling, mental health, teaching or working with children, this would be an ideal course to expand your knowledge. You may have attended our Understanding Dyslexia or Try Understanding Neurodiversity courses, but this is not essential.

As the course is being delivered virtually through Microsoft Teams you will need to ensure that you are able to connect to the internet, have a web browser (e.g. Google chrome, Microsoft Edge) and are able to follow the links to take part in the virtual activities. This will include having some basic computer skills, including being able to use a keyboard and mouse.

What do I need to provide for the first session?

This course is delivered via virtual learning on Microsoft Teams. You will not need to attend any classroom delivery but you will need to commit to attending the virtual sessions at the specified dates and times. In order to participate in the virtual sessions you will need access to the following:

  • Computer/Laptop/Tablet
  • Headset/earphones if required, including a microphone (unless you are able to work in an area where you will not be disturbed/disturb others
  • A reliable internet connection
  • An email address to access the virtual classroom
  • A means of using video conferencing e.g. integrated webcam, webcam, tablet with camera
  • Teams app downloaded (free download is available)
  • You may find it useful to have a notebook and pen to make notes and you may be asked to submit work back to your tutor, therefore the ability to produce a text or word document that you can upload or email to your tutor will be beneficial.

If you are unsure about how to join a virtual learning session please contact us as soon as possible, but at the latest 2 working days prior to your course starting.  We will then arrange for one of our Personal Advisors to contact you and talk you through how to access the sessions.

You may also want to attend our Preparing for virtual learning short session, this will help you to get started and feel confident in participating with any future virtual learning courses. For more details on this please search on the course booking system or telephone us on 01482 887670 or email learn@eastriding.gov.uk.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught and supported online by our friendly and knowledgeable tutor and take part in a range of individual and group work, as well as group discussions and activities.

What will I learn?

You will learn what dyslexia is and how to identify the common signs of dyslexia. You will also learn about how dyslexia affects people aside from reading and writing, in terms of the social, emotional and behavioural effects that may be experienced and the different coping strategies that people can use to help themselves in everyday situations.

What qualifications can I get?

On successfully creating a portfolio of evidence, you will gain the Level 1 Award in Dyslexia Awareness (from Gateway Qualifications).

What could I do next?

You can progress to the Level 2 Award in Dyslexia Awareness or you may be interested in our other courses on dyspraxia, Asperger’s and ADHD. You tutor will be able to give you more information about these options. We also offer a wider range of qualifications, including mental health awareness, supporting teaching and learning in schools, English, maths and digital skills.

Can we help you to learn?

You can find more information on the Financial help and additional support page or you can contact us to talk about this and any other support we can provide.