Assessment is organised on a modular basis. Each of the four taught modules has an assessed written assignment. The teaching and learning module is examined by an assignment, plus a portfolio comprising an activities file, a log of observations and visits, and evidence of successful completion of a practical test of audiology skills.
The assessed teaching module requires pass grades on the practical teaching and the teaching files, as well as a pass grade on a 2000 word assignment, evidence of INSET work, and evidence of signing competence equivalent to CACDP/Signature Stage 1 (or SLA 1 for students from Ireland).
An integral part of the programme is the school-based work. All students are required to complete in their own time a programme of visits to educational establishments for deaf pupils, and clinics concerned with diagnosis of hearing impairment and prescription of hearing aids. The log of these visits and observations is assessed as part of the Teaching and Learning in Deaf Education module.
Students taking the Assessed Teaching Placement module are required to complete two periods of assessed teaching totalling approximately 40 days of teaching over the two years of the course. For those working as teachers of the deaf the second of these placements will normally be in their own place of work. Students must be prepared to undertake some travelling in order to fulfil the requirements of this element of the programme.
Release for Observations/Visits/Private Study
Course members are expected to be released from their normal duties for the equivalent of least half a day per week. Some of this time will be taken up with visits and observations, and the rest will be used for private study.