New Programme to improve quality of support for Deaf learners

Derby College has launched a new study programme for people aspiring to work with Deaf learners.

The Communication Support Work for Deaf Learners programme is the only one available in the Midlands and is aimed at people who want to become a qualified communication support worker.

The level three programme will start in January 2017 with sessions held one Saturday a month at the College’s flagship vocational campus at the Roundhouse in Pride Park, Derby.

Entry requirements include level two (GCSE level) grades in English and Maths and a level two qualification in British Sign Language.  Learners also need to be aged 19 or above and able to complete a work placement either paid or voluntary for at least 40 hours in a college or school to put their skills into practice.

Derby College’s Teacher Training Academy Team Manager, Melanie Lanser explained: “This is a unique opportunity for people to achieve a nationally recognised level three certification in communication support work and we have had a very positive response from potential learners from across the UK. “As well as helping learners to develop their roles and responsibilities in relation to educational support work, it will greatly enhance individual’s employment opportunities and provide an excellent toolkit for preparing and providing support for D/deaf learners. “By offering the course on one Saturday per month, learners can fit their studies around other commitments and our learner support team is available to help applicants apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for the fees.”

An information and interview session will be held on Wednesday November 30 between 5pm and 7pm and further information is available from or by telephone: 01332 387400 ext 4887.

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