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Supporting disabled students in higher education

The aim of the four day course is to give an overview of the role of the support worker, and to provide training on the skills necessary for the role.

Course Dates: 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th June 2019 

Time: 9.30 to 16:00

Fee: £150 for external candidates only.  (Brunel students and Brunel staff or potential staff will not have to pay for this course)

Registering your interest: if you would like to attend this course, simply click the registration button below. This will generate and email for you to send your name, contact details and whether you are a Brunel student/staff member or external individual to the course organisers. 

Queries: If you have a query, please email wellbeing@brunel.ac.uk

A certified Level 4 course for staff on a learning support role in Further/Higher Education

This is a mandatory course for anyone looking into becoming a note taker in Higher Education.

Course overview

This course will provide comprehensive training in the support provided to disabled students in a higher education setting. This includes taking notes for students, supporting students with using university facilities and resources, assisting students with time management and organisation skills and providing support to students in exams. The course will also outline the wider context within which disabled student support is framed, including the theoretical and legal frameworks support services work within.

What topics will be covered?

The course is divided into two units:

 LO 1-5: Exploring disability within a higher education context

This unit will consider what disability means and the university’s legal obligations to disabled students. It examines how the delivery of learning material can be adapted to meet the differing requirements of disabled students and outlines the range of interpersonal skills and approaches to communication necessary for supporting disabled students in Higher Education.

LO 6 - 9: Understanding the role of the support worker in higher education

This unit will outline the range of different duties undertaken by a support worker working with disabled students in Higher Education and detail the technical skills required to undertake these duties.


Assessment is split into two parts:

  • Work completed during the course that is submitted as a portfolio of work on the final day of the course;
  • Evidence of professional practice submitted once the support worker can produce notes taken in actual lessons.

Course requirements

  • 100% attendance (any exceptional circumstance needs to be negotiated with the course tutor)
  • Completion of the work set during the week
  • One assignment which must be completed outside of the week

Marking and feedback

Your work is marked daily and you will receive regular feedback throughout the course, as and when appropriate. Towards the end of the course you and your tutor will assess the progress you have made.

Course completion 

Students who successfully complete the course requirements are awarded the London Open College Certificate at level 4.  Completion of the course and certificates will be deferred until September/October 2019 once candidates can submit notes taken in actual lessons in the new academic year and the teacher can mark them.