NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

Our course code: X224

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There’s a misconception that specific learning difficulties are the same as learning disabilities. This is incorrect. They refer to a group of conditions that affect how we process, learn or retain information. You may have heard about conditions like dyslexia, attention deficit disorder (ADD), and dyscalculia. But are you aware of their diagnosis or how to support individuals? Whether you’re a teaching or healthcare professional, our Level 2 Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties course develops your knowledge of learning difficulties and barriers individuals may face.

Specific learning difficulties are prevalent throughout society. According to the British Dyslexia Association, ten per cent (10%) of the UK population are dyslexic. Furthermore, Demos, Britain’s leading think-tank, revealed that 5% of children and 2.5% of adults are affected by ADD. (And that’s just the people diagnosed). Thing is, these specific learning difficulties affect our coping mechanisms, how we manage our surroundings, but also our relationships with others. Of course, if we can help you to prevent this, we’re ready to support you!

Perhaps you know someone with specific learning difficulties? Maybe you want to better identify and support those living these difficulties? If so, then look no further. Our online Level 2 Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties course is a vital addition to any teaching, social or healthcare resume. You can study it in your own time and space and this RQF qualification will quickly develop your insight into specific learning difficulties. As a result, you can better support people and advance your chosen career.

This Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties course teaches you:

  • The characteristics of specific learning difficulties
  • How various difficulties overlap or occur together
  • Hyposensitivity and hypersensitivity in individuals
  • Case studies with examples of people with difficulties
  • Signs of learning difficulties in life, work and education
  • Common misconceptions around learning difficulties
  • How an individual’s learning difficulties may affect others
  • Effects on the individual of internal and external factors
  • The importance of formal diagnosis and barriers to diagnosis
  • Discrimination in the workplace, education and social settings
  • And so much more!

An ideal RQF qualification that quickly develops your understanding of specific learning difficulties.

  • A formal qualification

    This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
  • Our course code: X224
  • Qualification code: 603/2041/2
  • Official Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Study Hours

It takes around 153 hours of study to complete this course.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. To complete this course, you will be expected to complete assignments, answer questions and complete research.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours above. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

This is a knowledge-only qualification, therefore, work experience is not mandatory. To achieve this qualification, learners are required to successfully complete all five mandatory units.

All units will be individually internally assessed using a range of methods. You will produce a portfolio of evidence and an expert witness testimony will be used to show competence of knowledge and skills in situations where an observation would not be appropriate.

This is a regulated qualification. Staff involved in the assessment and internal quality assurance of this qualification are able to demonstrate that they have the relevant occupational knowledge and competence, at the same level or higher as the units being evaluated.

The completion of an ‘Evidence Record’ and ‘Record of Assessment Cycle’ form is mandatory. This will be provided and your tutor will detail exactly what is needed.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive the following qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties.

That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 2 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In 2015, NCFE acquired CACHE. As of September 2017, our CACHE courses will now be known as NCFE CACHE, and you will receive your certificate from both awarding bodies.

This qualification comes with NCFE CACHE Level 2 certification. NCFE CACHE have been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and are one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable having gained NCFE CACHE certification and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities
  • Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) for England
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism
  • Level 2 and 3 Certificates in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

Difficulty - Level 2

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Minimum Enrolment Age - 16 years

Course Content

1: Understand Specific learning Difficulties

In this unit, you’ll gain an understanding of what is meant by Specific Learning Difficulties. You will research the characteristics of different difficulties and co-occurring conditions. You will also gain an understanding of common misconceptions and how the difficulty is a lifelong condition.

2: Understand the effects of Specific Learning Difficulties

In this unit, you’ll develop knowledge of of how Specific Learning Difficulties affect an individual’s life and those of others. You’ll understand how the attitudes of others can impact the individual. Finally, you’ll identify the strengths and barriers an individual may experience and how this can impact them.

3: Understand the diagnosis of Specific Learning Difficulties

In this unit, you’ll learn the importance of gaining an early diagnosis, the barriers of diagnosis, and the impact of delayed or non-diagnosis. You’ll also investigate the diagnosis process, the professionals involved, and assessments for difficulties.

4: Understanding Supporting Individuals with Specific Learning Difficulties

In this unit, you’ll learn about the discrimination that individuals with Specific Learning Difficulties may face and about how to support individuals in work, educational and social settings. You’ll learn about the coping strategies and assistive technology that individuals may use to overcome difficulties and about the roles of professionals in providing support.

5: Understand the Context of Specific Learning Difficulties

In this unit, you’ll discover how attitudes, legislation and services have evolved over time to support individuals with Specific Learning Difficulties. You’ll also outline relevant legislation, polices and guidance and understand how these are implemented to better support

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!