Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties Level 2

There’s a misconception that specific learning difficulties are the same as learning disabilities. This is incorrect. They really 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 qualification develops your knowledge of learning difficulties and barriers individuals may face.

Specific learning difficulties are prevalent throughout society. According to British Dyslexia Association, ten percent (10%) of 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 level 2 is a vital addition to any teaching, social or healthcare resume. Above all, this RQF qualification quickly develops your insight into specific learning difficulties. As a result, you can better support people and advance your chosen career.

Our RQF Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties 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!

This course is ideal for teaching, social or healthcare professionals looking for insight into specific learning difficulties to better support people with learning difficulties and advance their chosen career.
A formal qualification

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

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Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
Our course ref: X224
Qualification code: 603/2041/2

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Study Hours

It takes around 150 hours of study to complete this course.

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 a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

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.


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.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive an RQF qualification certified by the NCFE, as well as a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course). You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information
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
Section 1
What is Specific Learning Difficulty?

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’ll also consider the effects and difference between hyposensitivity and hypersensitivity.

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 12 months.

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.

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

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