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.
You should be aged 19+ and will need evidence of:
To secure a place on this course, you need to attend one of our information/interview sessions.
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.
You will provide your own stationery.
·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.
Rhiannon Elliott has not looked back since embarking on the PGCE. Formal teacher training was critical for her role as a Travel and Tourism teacher at Derby College – and she feels particularly fortunate that she could achieve her ambitions through part-time study at the College itself.
She gained a nationally recognised qualification without having to move away from home. And so enjoyable was her learning experience that she has now begun studying for a Masters in Education with the University of Derby.
Derby College has offered me lots of support throughout my course. Sometimes working full time and studying can be quite challenging. However, the College has kept me on track and has been very open to helping me respond to any challenges. Reflecting on what I’ve learnt and how it has influenced my work is great.