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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 14

Hours: 3.00

Start: 06/11/2017

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

Tuition (£): 225.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

You will learn about the role of the professional note-taker and will develop your 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 your 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-evaluation, and the production of a leaflet, presentation and report. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?


What can I do after this course?

You may be employed as a note-taker in a school or college with learners with a range of disabilities.  Other qualifications you may consider include:

  • Level 3 Diploma for Teaching Assistants
  • Level 3 Certificate in Communication Support for Deaf Learners
  • Level 5 Diploma in Teaching Learners with Disabilities


* Tuition - This figure is the tuition fee to be paid - There are no concessionary fees available.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Kerry Armstrong

Kerry Armstrong

PGCE is springboard into full-time teaching job for PE teacher Kerry

Studying for her PGCE at Derby College has been the springboard PE teacher Kerry Armstrong needed to get her first job in teaching. Named an "Outstanding" student by her College lecturers, she is taking up her new full-time role at City of Derby Academy in Sinfin this September. Kerry, who has a degree in Sports Development and Coaching from Sheffield Hallam University, has been working as a curriculum support assistant at Springwell Community College in Chesterfield. This part-time role served as the starting point she required to access the two-year part-time PGCE course at the Roundhouse. Kerry, who is 25, could have taken a full-time PGCE course neared to her home in Sheffield, but she's pleased she chose Derby College. She was assessed as outstanding for her teaching across the professional standards, based on observations by her mentor and tutor on her ability to teach. Kerry, who plays at centre-half for a local football team in her spare time, is looking forward to starting her new teaching job. She said: "I'm a bit nervous about it but excited at the same time."

The facilities at the Roundhouse are really good and so was the standard of teaching. As I'd expected, the PGCE was quite difficult as it is a bit like doing a Masters. Everything was well explained by our lecturers, though, and you knew where to go for help if there was anything that you weren't sure about.

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