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Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties within Education (SLC)

The Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties within Education (SLC) course is aimed at providing the learner with detailed knowledge on different types of communication difficulties that can be found within education

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Level 3 / Quality Licence Scheme / PI309

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Course introduction

The Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties course aims to build on your understanding of speech, language and communication difficulties within education, and help you to understand current legislation and how this relates to educational settings in England. The course will raise awareness of some of the common types of SLC difficulties which you may come across in schools. 

The course is suitable for anyone working within an educational setting.  All educational provisions should be focusing on inclusion of pupils with SLC Difficulties and this course will enable understanding of a variety of SLC difficulties.   The course includes historical aspects relating to speech, language and communication and provides a fascinating insight into how provision and attitudes have changed over the last 40 years or so.

There are assessments at the end of each module which you will need to complete.  These are marked by a tutor who will give you written feedback on your assessments and who will also give you support. 

These may involve multiple-choice questions, questions to answer, research for you to carry out and discuss, and also activities that involve you discussing your thoughts on different matters.

Near the beginning of each module, you will be invited to jot down some notes on your knowledge and experience of the topic and to reflect on these again at the end of the module. In Module 1, for example, you are invited to note what you already know about the term ‘Speech, Language and Communication difficulties in Education’ and to look back at these notes at the end of the module. Please don’t be tempted to skip these parts as they are there to build your awareness of what you know.

Your experience of supporting people with Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties in Education is a valuable and integral part of studying this course. By relating the course material to your own experience, you will gain the most benefit from the course.

You will see that within the modules there are key points, links to other materials, main points’ summaries and opportunities to relate the material to your own work experience. These are all designed to enable you to enhance your Speech, Language and Communication difficulties in Education knowledge and awareness in a way that is enjoyable and relevant to you. There is a glossary at the end which lists all the terms used and what they mean (this is also explained in the course text) and it also lists the abbreviations that you may come across in your study/research.

The course has been written to be useful for you to apply in your everyday work. It describes up-to-date practices in the area of Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties in Education. This is a rewarding area to work in, with new ideas being put into practice all the time.

To be awarded the Certificate in Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties, learners are required to successfully complete all six modules.

Required knowledge

The good news is that no previous knowledge is required to study the Speech Language and Communication Difficulties within Education course. This course is open to those who are looking to increase their knowledge of the different communication issues encountered within education and are looking to study via home learning. Learners are able to enrol onto the Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties within Education course at any time of year and can study at their own pace for a period of up to 12 months from registration and receive full tutor support.

Although there is no requirement of previous knowledge, learners may wish to study this course alongside the Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties course to increase their overall knowledge of Special Educational Needs. 


Learners are required to complete a tutor marked assignment at the end of each module. This assignment will test the learners knowledge on the specific information covered in each module and will require the learner to show evidence of an understanding into Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties.

Upon successful completion of the 6 modules, learners will receive their certificate in  Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties from Quality Licence Scheme.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that NCC Home Learning has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at QLS Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group’s knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales



Course modules

Module 1:– Legislation covering Speech, Language and Communication (SLC) Difficulties in Education
Module 2:– Supporting a child or young person with SLC difficulties in Education
Module 3:– Teaching strategies for children or young people with SLC difficulties in Education
Module 4:– Additional Resources in SLC difficulties in Education
Module 5:– English as an Additional Language and the effect on SLC difficulties in Education
Module 6:– Relationships to Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Learner support

You will be provided with comprehensive learning materials designed to provide you with everything you need to successfully complete the Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties Course. You will have your own dedicated tutor who will guide you through the course work and answer any questions you may have during your studies. Additionally, our Help Desk will provide you with any practical advice by email or phone should you require additional support.

The course comes with 12 months tutor support, however, you are able to study at your own pace and can complete the course in a shorter period if required. Should you require additional time, you may extend your tutor support if appropriate.

Your tutor is there to assess any submitted work and provide feedback alongside answering any questions or queries you may have during your studies.



What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You'll need to be able to commit the required time to your studies. We recommend that you choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

How does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the type of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course have an external assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.

If in doubt, please email ‘’, NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 12 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing or calling 0333 3445 690.

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