Specific Learning Difficulties Level 2 (SpLD)

Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties NCFE CACHE Level 2
An ideal NCFE CACHE qualification that quickly develops your understanding of specific learning difficulties.
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There’s a misconception that specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) or previously known as Special Educational Needs (SEN), are the same as learning disabilities. 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 Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), 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; also known as SpLD or SEN, develops your knowledge of learning difficulties and barriers individuals may face.

Specific learning difficulties are prevalent throughout society. According to the British Dyslexia Association, 10% of the UK population is dyslexic. Furthermore, Demos, Britain’s leading think-tank, revealed that 5% of children and 2.5% of adults are affected by ADHD. (And that’s just the people diagnosed). Thing is, these specific learning difficulties affect our coping mechanisms, how we manage our surroundings and also our relationships with others.

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

What you will learn

  1. Unit 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. Unit 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. Unit 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. Unit 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. Unit 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 individuals.

Awarding Body

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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.

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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.

Course Outcome

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

NCFE CACHE has been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and is 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.

How is this course assessed or examined?

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 and internally assessed using a range of methods. You will produce a portfolio of evidence and an expert witness testimony will be used to show the competence of knowledge and skills in situations where an observer 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.

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. There is a minimum study age of 16.


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