University of Edinburgh

SQA Braille Competency Course Grade 2 April 2012 - March 2013

Number of Participants completing: 21
Number of Respondents: 16

Overall Assessment:

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


Inclusion of raised Braille material


How will you use what you have learned in this course?

I feel more able to teach another VI child if they came to our school.
To teach other children who need to learn braille. The child we have at school will not learn braille so we do not use braille as issues with behaviour and refusal to do any schoolwork - social services involved.
As a primary school teaching assistant for VI, this will help me teach the children of all ages braille and for them to access all areas of their curriculum.
Working with blind children.
I hope to eventually work with students who use braille.
To support the QTVIs in delivering braille to children on caseload.
I have just finished working as an Individual Needs Assistant (INA) to a VI pupil, however I am now a SEN (formerly Special Educational Needs) caseworker for a local council and my braille/VI knowledge will be of use.
To teach and support a visually impaired child which I am 1:1 for.
I will use grade 2 braille to support children in mainstream classes, and to produce resources.
Supporting children, who are braillists, also staff who have no knowledge of braille. To help the children I work with.
Supporting child grade 2 braille.
In supporting children in school, currently supporting 5 year old who is starting to read and write braille.
To support and teach the child I work with.
Supporting blind students in mainstream school lessons.
Hopefully working with visually impaired in the future.

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1, Poor = 5

Clarity of explanations


Quantity of practice material


Assessment feedback


Pacing of stages


What was best about the course?

The course was very good.
The course was good but I have let myself down on the exam.
To be able to do them at your own pace within the given time limits.
Extending learning from Grade 1. Able to read braille at a faster pace.
Each stage is set out clearly and methodically. The course tutor marks assessments and gives feedback instantly!
Tutor feedback.
Learning the braille.
Steady pace.
Availability and support from tutor.
Learning a new skill.
Workbook relatively clear.
The information provided and the clear instructions.

What, if anything, could have been improved?

Going to a college with a tutor.
Reading more.
I would have liked more reading material, particularly to include the more obscure punctuations ie asterisks, daggers etc.
More time to access the assessments. (2)
More examples of braille exercises to be provided - it would have been beneficial to know if my braille attempts were correct and help with learning and remembering rules.
There are a few mistakes in the examples given in the folder and some rules could be explained more clearly/have more examples.
I wish there were less self-correcting passages. Possibly more examples.
More 'now check with the transcription' type exercises, especially through the later stages of the course.
Clarity of feedback with regards SEB and UEB and when to use the different rules.
Feel for my role this is too in-depth as we don't hand braille work; most is produced by machine. Knowledge of reading is really all we need for our role.

Any other comments regarding the course?

I found the reading quite hard and could not find the answers in each text. Think I panicked about the reading.
I enjoyed the course, it was explained well and not too scary!
I have thoroughly enjoyed following this course. I realise I have probably made some errors with the final assessment but unfortunately didn't have enough time to check through all parts.
Overall it has been a very pleasant learning experience, and it was very useful to be able to hire a brailler.
The content of the exam was more than was in the mock assessments.
A bit longer to do exam.

Distance Learning

This course was delivered through distance learning - did you find this a good arrangement or would you have preferred a different mode of delivery? Please comment either way.

Found this a good arrangement.
Yes, was ok.
Would have preferred to have attended 'some' sessions with other students in a class setting.
I found this a good way to deliver this course as I could fit learning and completing the stages around my work. Could the completion of the assessments at the end of each stage contribute to passing the course?
It would be good have the option to have some tutored classes/meet up with others on the course (not sure how viable though!)
Working on your own not easy!
It was ok but maybe a forum online for all students to talk to each other and the tutor would be helpful.
Distance learning was ok, as you just have to learn it yourself.
Good as email/phone contact.
I felt distance learning was suitable for this type of course - the tutor support and her availability to me for any support I needed or queries I had, made all the difference!
It worked very well for me.
Good arrangement.

Overall distance learning experience

How would you rate the overall learning experience? Excellent = 1, Poor = 5

Quality of learning materials


Feedback and support from tutor


Overall timescale for course


SSC Website

Have you made use of the website? If Yes,






Less Often

No Response



No Response








How did you hear about this course?

SSC Courses Brochure. (1)
Co-ordinator/Line Manager. (5)
Colleague. (1)
SSC Website. (4)
No response (3)

What other SSC CPD training would you find useful?

On body signing.
Follow-on reading materials/comprehension exercises.