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Short Course

Working with Sign Language Users and Interpreters

This Working with Sign Language Users and Interpreters course is for anyone working in an environment where engagement with sign language users might occur.

Whether you work in retail, for social services, within education, justice or as a healthcare practitioner, this module will help you understand the needs of sign language users and how to demonstrate best practice when meeting or working with them.听

The course will equip you with a practical understanding of the barriers that signed language users experience in their daily lives and in a variety of work-related sectors such as education, justice, social services and health.

You will learn what good practice looks like across a range of public and private sector contexts and how to enhance your professional practice to promote equity of access for signed language users.听

The course is delivered online.

Why 性用社?

  • The module material prioritises the views and experience of deaf sign language users.听
  • Our staff have real world experience as interpreters working across the public and private sectors.听
  • Fully online delivery ensures the module is accessible wherever you live.听

Working with Sign Language Users and Interpreters: The course in brief

What will I learn on the course?

On this course you will learn about the language and culture of deaf people who use sign language and how they are impacted by a different experience of language acquisition. The content emphasises practical ways in which you can promote equity of access, including how to work effectively with interpreters and with other professionals.

By the end of the course what will I be able to do?

On completion of the course, you鈥檒l be able to:听

  • identify many of the barriers to access that sign language users typically experience听;
  • recognise the impact of language acquisition on sign language users;
  • understand how to work effectively with sign language interpreters;听
  • consider how to communicate effectively if interpreters are not present; and听
  • identify ways of enhancing equity of access through improved interprofessional working.听

How will I be taught?

How is the course delivered?

The module is taught online and delivered asynchronously, so you will be able to access the course materials at any time of the day or night. The module will include an online forum so that you can engage in ongoing discussion with staff and other students.听

How long does the course last for and how much time will I need to spend on it each week?

The course lasts for 8 weeks, between February and March 2024. It is delivered entirely online, which means that you can access the course material at times that suit you. On a weekly basis this will involve 3-4 hours of engagement with the module material plus around 6 hours of further independent study.听

Does the course have an assessment and if so what sort of assessment will it be?

If you are studying the short course without academic credit,听there is no assessment.听To achieve a CPD certificate of completion you are expected to fully engage in the material during听the 6 weeks of content.听

If you are studying the short course with academic credit, the 10 credit module, there will be a written assessment at the end of the module. At SCQF Level 10 this will involve an evaluation of a video case study.听

Who will be teaching me?听

The module is delivered by two specialist tutors.听Dr Rachel Mapson听and听Yvonne Waddell.听

Both are experienced trainers whose academic teaching is enriched by their own professional expertise as sign language interpreters.听

The module material incorporates significant sharing of lived experience and knowledge from deaf sign language contributors.听

What equipment will I need for this course?

You will require access to a computer or laptop and internet connectivity.听

Student support/access to facilities

For the duration of your course you will be able to make use of our on-campus learning resource centre as well as access to our full range of online resources, including e-books and academic journals.

You will also have limited, mainly online access to Student Services support. Students with particular support requirements can听contact the Disability Service.

As you will be studying with us for less than a full academic year you will not be provided with a personal academic tutor (PAT). However, any queries regarding your studies should be directed to the staff member leading the delivery of your course.

Working with Sign Language Users and Interpreters: Entry requirements, fees and application information

Entry requirements

The course is delivered at SCQF Level 10, which is equivalent to the fourth (honours) year of a four-year undergraduate degree in Scotland. Each applicant must decide if the level of study is suitable for them.听

Applicants for SCQF Level 10 study would usually have completed further or higher education above the level of an HND. Alternatively, they would have relevant professional experience that supports study at this level. Applicants that have previously studied outside the UK should check that their qualification has been taught at a suitable level to prepare them for studying a course at this level.听

You do not need to provide proof of your previous qualifications.听

English Language requirements: This course is taught and assessed in English. Applicants do not need to provide proof of their English Language skills when applying for this course, but all applicants should consider whether they have sufficient English competence to study at this level. Applicants for this level of study would usually be able to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with no component score below 6.0.听

Fees听

CPD module (Without academic credit and no assessment): 拢罢叠颁听听

10 Credit Module (Assessment at SCQF Level 10): 拢罢叠颁

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Course Overview

Delivery
Online
Start Date
February 2024