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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 2

Weeks: 48

Hours: 8.00

Start: 14/01/2017

Days / Times: Saturday 09:00 to 17:00

Tuition (£): 1417.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Our Certificate in Communication Support for Deaf Learners offers you a part-time qualification route to working with deaf learners in the FE and Skills sector. 

You will attend College one Saturday per month for 12 months and you will need access to 40 hours or more work-placement hours during the course.  This qualification is especially suitable for those who wish to become a qualified Communication Support Worker or Learning Assistant with deaf learners. 

You will study eight modules at Level 3, which provide an excellent toolkit for preparing and providing support, and the course develops your skills in reflecting on, and developing, your work.  You will be observed over the year by your tutor and will be involved in personal and professional action planning.

You will have a considerable amount of work to do outside of the classroom setting and will be expected to create a work-placement log and complete reflective journal entries. Emphasis is placed on developing your reflective skills so that you exit as a reflective practitioner with knowledge of your own strengths and areas for development.

Benefits include:

  • Developing knowledge and a skill set to support deaf learners in the Education and Training sector
  • An employability advantage
  • A recognised Communication Support Work (CSW) qualification

Entry requirements

You should be aged 19+ and will need evidence of:

  • Level 2 in English and Maths
  • Level 2 in BSL
  • Access to at least 40 hours support in paid or voluntary work in FE and/or schools

To secure a place on this course, you need to attend one of our information/interview sessions.

Course Content

  1. Preparing to support learning
  2. Learning support in lifelong learning contexts: communication support for deaf learners
  3. Principles of learning support: communication support for deaf learners
  4. Supporting learning: communication support for deaf learners
  5. Reflective journal
  6. Supporting bi-lingual access
  7. Clear speech and notetaking
  8. Accessible English for deaf and deafblind people

How will I be assessed?

There is a variety of written academic assignments along with a presentation and role play to complete, as well as a short exam. In addition you will have observations over the one-year period, which you will plan for and evaluate. 

All assignments, observations, planning, reflections and the role play will be graded against the Exam Board’s learning outcomes and specifications. 

You must pass all elements to be able to gain the full qualification.  You will enter all documentation into a portfolio to be submitted for marking and external verification at the end of the course.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will provide your own stationery.

What can I do after this course?

·Gain employment as a communication support worker or learning assistant with deaf learners

·Progress to a degree in Communication Support Work or Deaf Studies

·Consider further training in associated subjects such as note-taking, lipspeaking, interpreting, and/or language modification

IMPORTANT: our courses require a minimum of 14 enrolments to run.  You will be notified two weeks prior to the start date if the course is NOT going to run.


* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Caroline Keeton

Caroline Keeton

Foundation degree is perfect stepping stone

Going to university simply wasn't an option when teaching assistant Caroline Keeton left school in the 1980s. But, more than 30 years on, the 51-year-old mum of two is about to start a top up degree course after completing a foundation degree in Children's and Young People's Services with Derby College. Caroline, who left school at 16 with just a handful of CSEs, discovered her interest in learning when she began work as a TA and took a course in childcare. Encouraged by how well she took to studying, she enrolled on a level 4 diploma at Derby College and a PTLS Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) course. Caroline – whose two adult daughters both studied for their A levels at Derby College's Joseph Wright Centre – now plans to use her degree to enhance her current role at a Long Eaton primary School. Rather than train to be a teacher after graduation she wants to become more involved in educational research projects within the existing TA job she loves. Going to Derby College has given Caroline the self-belief she needed to go on to higher education.

She added: "Caroline Friel, our lecturer, played a major part in my decision, and that of other students on my course, to go on and get a degree.

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