Suitable for: All individuals who want to get the most out of their digital recordings.
Course Type: Online Learning
Operating System: Windows
Certification / Awarding Body: CPD Certification Service
Concept Northern’s SQA Customised Award is a comprehensive qualification designed to help individuals with dyslexia prove to employers that they can perform successfully in the workplace. One of its primary features is that it’s rated on the SCQF framework ensuring that it’s a qualification that really means something.
The Award is designed for the assistive-technology user. Assistive technology is defined by the British Assistive Technology Association as: “any product or service that maintains or improves the ability of individuals with disabilities or impairments to communicate, learn and live independent, fulfilling and productive lives”.
The aim of the Award is to equip candidates, who may have learning challenges such as dyslexia, with the skills and knowledge to use assistive software to successfully carry out common office-based tasks and be productive in the workplace.
The Award combines software and business skills training to form an all-encompassing training journey. It’s ideal for anyone with dyslexia who is in employment or aspires to be.
Concept Learning have developed the Award in accordance with procedures and principles approved by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). It complies with the SQA’s quality assurance criteria and is rated on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).
A candidate must have access to the following to participate in the Award –
- A PC with internet access
- Windows 7, 8 or 10
- Microsoft Office (2010 or newer) or a Microsoft / Outlook.com account*
- Texthelp Read&Write (literacy software)**
- Matchware MindView (mapping software)**
*An Outlook.com account is free for individuals and provides access to online versions of Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
**Free trials may be available for both of these applications. Please visit https://www.texthelp.com for a trial copy of Read&Write for Windows. Visit MatchWare’s website to download a free trial of MindView here – https://www.matchware.com/mind-mapping-software
Please note: While this Award can be studied online, assessment must be carried out in-person at Concept Northern’s SQA-Approved Training Centre in East Kilbride or another approved site. This means assessment cannot be completed at home or remotely. Please consider this before purchasing the Award.
Curriculum in Detail
Overview of the Award
|02||ENHANCE WORKPLACE SKILLS WITH TEXTHELP||
Find out how Texthelp Read&Write can help when completing essential workplace-based tasks.
|03||BETTER PLANNING WITH MINDVIEW||
Use the features and tools available in MindView to help with common business tasks such as planning and organisation.
|04||IMPROVE MICROSOFT OFFICE SKILLS & ACCESSIBILITY||
An introduction to using Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint plus key accessibility features.
|05||IMPROVE TIME MANAGEMENT WITH ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY||
Time-management techniques to help learners achieve goals while integrating assistive technology into daily routines.
|06||BETTER BUSINESS READING & WRITING WITH ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY||
Reading and writing techniques to help learners digest information, and communicate better with others.
|07||EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION AT WORK WITH ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY||
Presentation and communication techniques to help learners express themselves appropriately in interviews and meetings.
What SCQF rating does the Award have?
It’s worth 12 points at SCQF Level 5.
How many units make up the Award?
The Award contains six mandatory units which are completed sequentially. The first three units teach the candidate about how to use a particular software package – Texthelp Read&Write, Matchware MindView and Microsoft Office (with a focus on accessibility). The remaining three units take those software skills and apply them to specific subject areas relevant to workplace success – time management, business reading and writing, and communication.
How is the Award delivered?
The Award is delivered online, via our learning management system. Each unit contains a combination of traditional textbook-style learning, videos, interactions and scenarios.
How long does the Award take?
The Award takes approximately 100 hours, including assessment time, but much depends on previous knowledge and skills.
How much time does a candidate have to complete the Award?
Candidates should be able to complete the Award within a few months, and your assessment plan is geared towards this target. However, you may require more time. If that’s the case, an assessor will discuss this with you.
How is a candidate assessed?
Candidates are assessed to determine whether they have achieved the learning outcomes. The assessment is divided into two parts:
Ongoing assessment – Candidates are expected to complete a number of items of coursework as they progress through the Award. These are called Portfolio Assignments. This coursework forms part of the candidate’s portfolio and is considered for assessment purposes.
Final assessment – When candidates have completed the learning materials and assignments, they are required to attend our SQA-approved training centre (or other approved site) for final assessment. This assessment is invigilated and may include completing a multiple-choice exam, performance of skills acquired, or candidate questioning on the work done for their portfolio. The type of final assessment depends on which unit is being assessed.
Assessment times will be arranged for candidates on the completion of all outstanding learning requirements and portfolio exercises.
What candidate support is available?
There is a variety of support available for candidates who can contact their assessor or an experienced A.T. trainer at any time through the learning portal. Candidates are also able to arrange individual one-on-one training sessions, delivered over the Internet using conferencing software.