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What career opportunities can this lead to?

Students will be able to progress on to the Makaton Follow-up Course.

This course may assist students to gain work, or progress their career, in care, education or any other area where an ability to use Makaton is required.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements in respect of this course. The Makaton Beginners course assumes no prior knowledge of Makaton and is suitable for family members, carers and workers who need to use Makaton at home and in their work.

It will help if you are living or working with a child or adult who uses Makaton but this is not essential. Just come along with your interest and enthusiasm for enhancing life and communication skills by using Makaton.

What does this programme involve?

The Makaton Beginners course provides a very practical introduction to using the Makaton Language Programme.

You will learn the signs and symbols for Stages 1-4 and Additional of the Makaton Core Vocabulary. Sessions also include hints and tips for effective signing and symbol use, discussing commonly asked questions including how Makaton differs from British Sign Language, and how to introduce Makaton in everyday situations at home or work.

At the end of the Beginners course you will have the confidence and skills to begin to use Makaton in your daily interactions with children and adults.

A certificate will be awarded to those students who have completed at least 80% of the course and have completed the online evaluation.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

This course will be taught and assessed by demonstration, discussion and your participation. Using Makaton is about developing communication between people. You will be practicing your new skills in class with your peers, as well as being given opportunities for practice between lessons to support you in your interactions with Makaton Users.

What else do I need to know?

There are no additional costs in respect of this course.

Please note there will be a two week break on 16/10/18 and 23/10/18 due to tutor commitments and half term.

Please bring pen and paper/notepad to the course.

Students are responsible for materials relevant to the course.

Dates for the diary

Our part-time open event is held every June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1270.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form through our Adult and Community Learning team by telephone 023 8091 1270 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Adult and Community Learning team.

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Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
C5A Eastleigh College 25/9/2018 Tue 19:00 – 21:00 8 £123.00 £123.00

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Need any further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any course costs and/or the funding options available to you, the College has a dedicated Adult and Community Learning team who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1270.

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The College wishes to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. If you are a disabled person, please ensure that we know what you need so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.

Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.

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