Deaf Awareness - QLS Level 2 Course

Course Format:Online Course (With Optional Paper-Based Course Notes)
Self-Study Time:Approximately 120 Hours (Self-Study)
Delivery Time:1-3 Working Days (Email)
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Course Description

The Deaf Awareness - Level 2 Course is a general introduction to deafness. Its purpose is to provide information and strategies that will enable individuals to understand a range of deaf issues and use the knowledge gained to communicate more effectively with those from the hard of hearing through to the profoundly deaf.

The course is designed for anyone in a work or social capacity who has the potential to come into contact with deaf people, for example banks and retail staff, care workers, education and training bodies, emergency services, hospital and health centre staff, housing associations, legal services, public sector workers, support organisations, theatre and cinema staff, transport bodies and breakdown services, friends, family members and partners, whilst also being a valuable first step for people planning on becoming a communication professional.

The programme will equip the reader with awareness skills that when applied will reduce the barriers arising from the communication difficulties between hearing and deaf people.

On successful completion of this course students will receive a QLS Level 2 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement.

The Deaf Awareness - QLS Level 2 Course Includes the Following Units:
The following topics are included: Terminology used to describe different types and levels of deafness, Terminology that is no longer acceptable, Potential clues that may indicate a hearing loss.
The following topics are included: The difficulties for lip-readers caused by the speaker and the construction of the English language, The differentiation between words and letters that are visible and those that are not visible, The four visible letter groups and recognise words and letter that look the same, The considerations needed when selecting an appropriate room/area for a meeting with a lip-reader, The strategies to employ when speaking to a lip-reader.
The following topics are included: Sign language systems used in the education of deaf children, The distinctions between the sign language systems and British Sign Language (BSL), The grammar and syntactical differences between BSL and English, The advantages and disadvantages of English text, The strategies to employ when speaking to Deaf BSL-users.
The following topics are included: The range of assistance aids available, Assistance aids to the type of deafness, Appropriate equipment needed in a range of situations, Where to source assistance equipment from.
The following topics are included: The role of different communication professionals, Considerations needed when using a communication professional, How to find and book a communication professional.
The following topics are included: Elements that distinguish Deaf community members, Deaf culture differs from hearing culture, The role of Deaf clubs and centres, The use of capital D to represent people with Deaf culture and identity.
The following topics are included: The elements of the Equality Act and how it relates to deaf issues, The elements of the Human Rights Act that can be related to dead issues, The limitations of the legislation available.
The following topics are included: The main organisations concerned with deafness, The role of national and local organisations, The advantages and disadvantages in the role of national and local organisations.
Course Format & Delivery

You will receive access to the course materials through an online portal for a 12-month period. Students can use the portal for accessing their course materials, submitting assignments and to log tutor questions. 

Please Note: An optional hard-copy version of the course notes can be purchased for an additional £40.00. This is useful for learners who also want to study away from the computer and means they have course notes they can keep and refer back to beyond their online course license.

Delivery of the hard-copy materials is usually within 5 to 10 working days by a recorded delivery service.

Prerequisites

There are no particular entry requirements for this course, so students can sign up providing they are comfortable studying at a Level 2 standard.

Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted through the online portal or by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.

Assessment

Students will be required to complete a number of assignments. Your personal tutor will review, mark and provide you with feedback on your work. Coursework assignments can be returned by uploading to the online portal, by email or by post.

We recommend that assignments are completed and returned as word-processed documents through the online portal. Handwritten documents can be accepted but need to be clear and legible and may be subject to a longer marking time.

QLS Endorsed Certification

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a QLS Level 2 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

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 also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us 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.

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that NCC 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 Level 2 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 course itself has been designed by NCC to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

You can find more information on level descriptors from our Certification Overview Page.

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

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