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Level 7 Postgraduate Certificate in Assistive Technology

Starting each year in October, ACE Centre delivers the Level 7 Postgraduate Certificate in  Assistive Technology.  

This qualification is targeted at professionals working with individuals with complex physical and communication disabilities, and aims to enhance individual practice and extend knowledge and thinking in the field of Assistive Technology for communication and learning.

Validated by Manchester Metropolitan University, this award consists of two units completed over two years.  Each year combines 4 taught days at ACE Centre (North) with students' own independent study and written tasks.  Tutors at ACE Centre will provide telephone and email support in addition to tutorial appointments.

Please note that the taught days for these awards will be delivered at ACE Centre's office in Oldham.

Following completion of the Postgraduate Certificate Assistive Technology it may be possible to transfer to a Postgraduate Diploma in Inclusive Education and SEN at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Year 1 - Assistive Technology to support communication and learning for people with physical and/or communication difficulties (30 credits)

  • UNIT 22K80001

This unit explores the use of Assistive Technology (AT) to support communication and learning. It considers an individual’s need for AT and critically reviews some of the available hardware and software solutions, and their implementation. The unit looks at AT from the perspective of access and control, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and recording and retrieving information.

This unit combines 4 taught days delivered at the ACE Centre (North) with students' own independent study and written work.

Assessment is through a written 5000 word case study outlining the assessment process for an individual with physical and / or communication difficulties for whom Assistive Technology will meet some of their communication and learning needs.

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse key principles of assessment for Assistive Technology
  2. Analyse the process of assessment for Assistive Technology and measure the impact it has
  3. Critically evaluate issues around the use of Assistive Technology to support communication and learning
  4. Utilise theory for understanding good practice in the field of AT to support communication and learning

Year 2 - Augmentative and Alternative Communication (30 credits)

  • UNIT 22K80003

This unit will explore the needs of individuals with complex communication difficulties and critically evaluate the available range of Assistive Technology resources and strategies, examining the issues of assessment, implementation, support and training.

Assessment will demonstrate the learning outcomes and is equivalent of 5000 words. Students will create and critically evaluate a communication resource for an individual, group of individuals, or for a service. 

On successful completion of this unit ,students will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the core principles of AAC practice and demonstrate a collaborative approach to these principles
  2. Critically evaluate the AAC assessment process
  3. Relate knowledge of the strategies and issues surrounding implementation of AAC (including the impact of the environment) to practice in the workplace
  4. Synthesise the impact of recent research and policy on AAC provision and practice

Cost: £2000

For further information or to request an application form, please contact Sara Dale on training@acecentre.org.uk or telephone her on 0161 358 0151 ext 203