Professional Awards

Professional Awards

Literacy Awards


This part time course, offered over 18 months in English and 12 months in Afrikaans, can be taken by module or as a full course

The course provides teachers, therapists, psychologists and administrators with a deep understanding of how reading develops and how learners with dyslexia differ from typical readers. Participants will be taught screening and evidence-based intervention methods with school aged learners who have reading difficulties or dyslexia. There is a practical component to the course, where participants will do screening and intervention with the support of a tutor.

The course is offered online through a combination of weekly lectures, online coursework and tutor support. All learning material and facilitation is online, and the course can be taken from anywhere, provided participants have sound internet connection.

Modular or Full Course Option

The course is offered in three modules. Enrol and pay for each module separately, enjoying the flexibility to determine your own exit point whilst retaining the option to return to the course at a later date, or enrol for the full course.

Please note:

  • each module is a prerequisite for the next;
  • students can take a year break between modules if needed;

Tutoring for the profiling and intervention is included in the course fee. Students are expected to purchase text books estimated at R2 000.00.

There is an option to register with BDA as an accredited practitioner/ teacher at own cost after completion of the course (estimated at UK 90 pounds).

*BDA accreditation applies to the English course only.

Course Content and Outcomes

Module 1 is a theoretical module that looks at the most recently researched approaches to dyslexia. It focuses on the definitions and causality of dyslexia, and looks broadly at co-occurring difficulties and the impact that dyslexia has on learning.

The acquisition of reading and language will also be explored. Practical, evidence-based classroom reading strategies and tools will also be learnt. At the end of the module, participants will complete an assignment on the theory of reading, dyslexia and its implications for identification and screening.

During Module 2, participants will understand the process of assessment for intervention, and gain insight into various types of assessments and screening tools available for learners with dyslexia and literacy difficulties.

Each participant will be assigned a tutor and be guided through a literacy risk assessment with a learner and write a professional report on the findings. This will form part of a case study.

Module 3 has a theoretical and practical component.

In the first year, participants will gain knowledge on evidence-based practice on how to intervene with a learner with literacy difficulties or dyslexia.

In the second year, participants will do 20 hours of intervention when partaking in the English course, and 15 hours of intervention when partaking in the Afrikaans course. Intervention takes place under the guidance and support of an allocated tutor. This will form part of the case study.

At the end of the intervention process, participants will complete a reflective assignment on the case study.

*For the Afrikaans course, Module 2 and 3 are combined into one module.

Admission Requirements

  • A professional qualification;
  • A minimum of two years educational or therapeutic experience, ideally in an educational context.

A non-refundable admin fee of R500 applies on application. This fee covers the review of your documentation. You will be asked to submit certified copies of your ID and proof of SACE or HPCSA registration, confirmation of clearance from the Sexual Offenders Register or proof of application thereof, together with a summary of your experience or letter of support from your workplace  supervisor.

The course is accredited by the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and endorsed by the South African Council of Educators (SACE). The English course is accredited by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA).

Beyond training others, Bellavista S.H.A.R.E contributes to research in theory and practice around the subject of dyslexia and is affiliated with universities in South Africa and abroad.

Key Contacts

Annelize Clark: HOD: Professional Awards

Email:  [email protected]

S.H.A.R.E. Course Administrator

Email:  [email protected]


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