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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 14

Hours: 3.00

Start: 31/10/2016

Days / Times: Monday 17:00 to 20:00

Tuition (£): 225.00*

Concessions: 225.00***

Interview: Y

Course Summary

You will learn about the role of the professional note-taker and develop skills in using note-taking conventions and presenting notes in a range of accessible styles. You will reflect upon how language diversity and communication affect the process and you will evaluate your own skills.

A number of subject specialist taught sessions will increase your understanding of deafness, sight loss, dyslexia, autistic spectrum conditions and mental health.  You will appreciate how equality legislation is implemented within education and the involvement of other professionals and agencies within access to education.

Entry requirements

You need:

·GCSE English grade A*- C or the equivalent

·Experience of working in a learning support role within a school, college or university

You will be required to arrange to take notes for a learner with a disability in a real educational setting as part of an assessment.

Course Content

The course comprises two units:

  • Unit A - Working with Disabled Learners: Disability Awareness
  • Unit B - Working with Disabled Learners: Note-taking Skills

How will I be assessed?

A variety of relevant assessment methods will be used, including practical note-taking in a range of situations and styles, self-evaluations, a leaflet, a presentation and a report. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need A4 hole-punched standard lined ruled paper, pens, ruler and highlighters plus a lever arch folder and a ring binder folder.

What can I do after this course?

You may be employed as a note-taker in a range of educational settings supporting learners with a range of disabilities.

Other qualifications you may consider include the:
• Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
• Level 3 Certificate in Communication Support for Deaf Learners
• Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Learners with Disabilities


* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Louise Rea-Allen

Louise Rea-Allen

Career swap part-time student lands teachers’ job

Part-time postgraduate student Louise Rae Allen says Derby College helped her land the teaching job she longed for from childhood.
Psychology graduate Louise, 29, from Ambergate, was taken on by Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Ashbourne while she works towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
Louise, who has dreamed of being a teacher from the age of 11, switched direction after working for five years as a careers co-ordinator at Queen Elizabeth.
She chose the course because it gave her the flexibility to study part-time, while continuing to work, and because of the strong reputation of its tutors. In 2016, the college achieved an "Outstanding" Ofsted rating for PGCE provision.
Louise is completing a two year part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Post 14 in Compulsory Education.

She said: "I'm sure I wouldn't have been taken on as a teacher without taking the course.

"The college tutors are excellent, the quality of their teaching and feedback is always of a high standard. The sessions they deliver are intellectually challenging, interesting and engaging.

"A lot of us work full-time, and the tutors are flexible and supportive. They really go the extra mile."

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