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City and Guilds Vocationally Related Qualification Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Users of Assistive City and Guilds Vocationally Related Qualification Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Users of Assistive Technology Paul Doyle Hereward College 1

What is Hereward College? Hereward College is a national Integrated Further Education College in What is Hereward College? Hereward College is a national Integrated Further Education College in Coventry, with residential facilities for students with a wide range of physical, sensory and cognitive impairments. Paul Doyle Hereward College 2

Why Hereward? • Hereward has 40+ professional groups many of whom come into contact Why Hereward? • Hereward has 40+ professional groups many of whom come into contact with AT. • Hereward provides a model with regard to extrapolating need for training and qualifications in AT in the wider community. Paul Doyle Hereward College 3

Hereward has access • • • Multi-disciplinary, well established staff team. Curriculum development experience. Hereward has access • • • Multi-disciplinary, well established staff team. Curriculum development experience. Established providers of trainers and assessment in AT. • Students with diverse and complex requirements, who can provide practical experience for trainers. Paul Doyle Hereward College 4

Current AT qualifications and training • Initial mapping exercise conducted by Hereward into qualifications Current AT qualifications and training • Initial mapping exercise conducted by Hereward into qualifications and training in AT lead to conclusions that: – AT qualifications in general, are aimed at postgraduate level. – Those wanting to pursue a career in AT have no starting point. Paul Doyle Hereward College 5

Current AT qualifications and training • Little evidence of role specific training in AT Current AT qualifications and training • Little evidence of role specific training in AT @ level 2 (Is this Necessary? ) – Consequently, there is formal recognition of the skills and knowledge of people working with AT @ levels 2/3. Paul Doyle Hereward College 6

Hereward is collaborating with • City and Guilds awarding body • TATE project (Through Hereward is collaborating with • City and Guilds awarding body • TATE project (Through Assistive Technology to Employment) • Assistive Technology suppliers/manufacturers • British Healthcare Trade Association Paul Doyle Hereward College 7

Who is the qualification for? The qualification: • Is for people who support Assistive Who is the qualification for? The qualification: • Is for people who support Assistive Technology in their roles • To Accredit knowledge and skills • Applies a person centred approach when supporting users of Assistive Technology in a safe and ethical manner. Paul Doyle Hereward College 8

What type of qualification is it? • The Qualification is a City & Guilds What type of qualification is it? • The Qualification is a City & Guilds Vocationally Related Qualification VRQ. • It is an accredited certificate at Level 2 which equates to GCSE level in secondary education. • It is assessed by work related activities, case studies and multiple choice questions. Paul Doyle Hereward College 9

How will it be delivered? Range of methods including : – Classroom based learning. How will it be delivered? Range of methods including : – Classroom based learning. – Distance learning via on-line materials – Practical Demonstrations on site – Home/Work based research – Work based activities and assessment – Other (NAEP) Paul Doyle Hereward College 10

How long will it take? • A standard Level 2 qualification involves approximately 240 How long will it take? • A standard Level 2 qualification involves approximately 240 hours of contact time in a conventional classroom setting. • This however will vary due to the blended method of delivery. It is anticipated that the Course will be completed within an academic year. Paul Doyle Hereward College 11

 • • Course Content Core Units 1. Principles of Assistive Technology 2. Understanding • • Course Content Core Units 1. Principles of Assistive Technology 2. Understanding Disability 3. Communicating with Users of Assistive Technology, • 4. Health and Safety • 5. Ethics • • • Optional Units 1. Aids to Daily Living 2. AT and ICT 3. Telecare 4. Clinical Effectiveness College Paul Doyle Hereward 12

How much will it cost? VRQ Level 2 £ 800. 00 Mini Modules Specialist How much will it cost? VRQ Level 2 £ 800. 00 Mini Modules Specialist Training £ 250. 00 per day Paul Doyle Hereward College 13

What next for Level 2 • The following points have been agreed with City& What next for Level 2 • The following points have been agreed with City& Guilds with regard to timescales and the production of the Level 2 qualification. • Meeting with City & Guilds 6 th June 2005 to discuss learning outcomes • Meeting 27 th June with City & Guilds 2005 to finalise all unit learning outcomes and to moderate some of the units • July: Early dialogue with QCA and SSC consultation • Remaining standards plus one assignment written and moderated in July 2005 Paul Doyle Hereward College 14

What next for Level 2 cont. • QCA second consultation August 2005 • Further What next for Level 2 cont. • QCA second consultation August 2005 • Further suggestions made within 5/6 weeks • discussion takes place with writing group, amendments made • mapping to NOS and Key Skills gets done • Formally submitted to QCA - October 2005 (late) • After 2 months can be signed off (if no problems) • Setup on City and Guilds System December 2005 • Published on City and Guilds website January 2006. Hard copies of documents to follow. Paul Doyle Hereward College 15

Where next? • Hereward are in consultation with City and Guilds with regard to Where next? • Hereward are in consultation with City and Guilds with regard to developing a Level 3 NVQ in Assistive Technology. • It is envisaged that those wanting to progress in this field may want to undertake the Level 3 qualification. Paul Doyle Hereward College 16

Thank you for listening For further information please contact: • Paul Doyle or Mandy Thank you for listening For further information please contact: • Paul Doyle or Mandy Waugh at Hereward College Bramston Crescent, Tile Hill, Coventry, CV 4 9 SW • Tel. 02476 42 6177 • Or talk to us at the Hereward College stand in the foyer. Paul Doyle Hereward College 17