Vocational qualifications are either work-related qualifications designed to enable students to gain the skills required to perform a particular job, or qualifications that may be taken as part of a wider study programme or an apprenticeship.
Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the DfE performance tables, if approved for teaching to 16-19 year olds by the Secretary of State for Education in England under Section 96, where this is in the best interests of individual students.
Holders of this qualification will be able to recognise structures and discourse in English which can cause particular problems for deaf readers, and be able to modify them so they become more accessible, without changing the meaning or intent of the original written message.
Candidates must achieve a Pass in all units to achieve an overall Pass in the qualification.
K318 – Accessible English for Deaf and Deafblind People – written assessment paper.
T303 – Modifying written texts for Deaf and Deafblind People – portfolio and written assessment.
There are a number of key considerations for HEPs when reviewing vocational qualifications that are not listed on the DfE 16 –19 performance tables for England:
- Some of these qualifications are occupational, and may not be designed specifically for progression to HE.
- Applicants holding these qualifications may be school or college leavers, however, some may be more mature students who are likely to have other relevant experience alongside these qualifications.
- These qualifications may have been taken as part of a wider study programme or an apprenticeship.
- If they are presented for admission to HE it is likely to be in conjunction with other qualifications.
Holders of this qualification will be able to support deaf people in accessing written text.