module specification

PC6075 - Specific Learning Differences (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Specific Learning Differences
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
64 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
50 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   2000 words - pamphlet and support document
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Wednesday Morning

Module summary

This module will introduce students to a range of Specific Learning Differences (also known as Specific Learning Difficulties, Developmental Disorders, Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Neurodiversity).  Specific Learning Differences (SLDs) is an umbrella term that covers a range of conditions, including:
• Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
• Dyslexia
The module focuses on how these learning differences are diagnosed and how they impact cognition, behaviour and education.  You will learn some key theories and research evidence that underly the diagnosis, treatments and interventions of Specific Learning Differences.
We will consider the lived experience of individuals with SLDs and their families and teachers, recognising that an individual’s strengths and difficulties will present differently and may change depending on the task or the environment.

Prior learning requirements

PC5055 Development Across the Lifespan
PC5009 Counselling Across the Lifespan – Counselling students only


A range of Specific Learning Differences will be covered including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Dyslexia

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Students will gain core knowledge and understanding of the topics through lectures. A deeper understanding, evaluation and skill development will be promoted through seminars and directed study of reading material and online resources.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:
1. Explain the key characteristics and diagnosis of specific learning differences (SLDs) and identify some theories underpinning our understanding of SLDs
2. Evaluate theories and/or interventions in light of research evidence, and from an inclusive perspective
3. Translate research into practice for individuals with SLDs, and their families

Assessment strategy

Summative assessment is made up of one piece of coursework (100%). The assessment will offer students choice so that they can personalise their assignment and explore the elements of the module that most interest them.