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What opportunities will this course give me?

Students will be able to progress on to the Makaton Level 2 (4 weeks) and subsequently to the Follow-Up (8 weeks) courses.

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 will I be learning?

The Makaton Level 1 course provides a very practical introduction to using the Makaton Language Programme. During the 4 week course you will learn around 135 signs and symbols from the early Stages of the Makaton Core Vocabulary.

Other sessions also include how to use Makaton in everyday situations at home or work and hints and tips for effective signing and symbol use. You will discuss how Makaton differs from British Sign Language and receive an overview of other forms of assisted communication. At the end of the Makaton Level 1 course you will have the confidence and skills to begin to use Makaton in your daily interactions with children and adults.

A certificate of attendance will be awarded to students upon successful completion of the course.

Why is this course for me?

This course will be taught and assessed by demonstration, discussion and your participation. Using Makaton is about developing communication between people. You will be practising 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.

The tutor first trained as a Makaton tutor in 2002 and has been teaching Makaton for 18 years, and at Eastleigh College for the last 10 years. Over this time, she has taught in excess of 3500 parents and practitioners all over Hampshire and beyond. As well as teaching, the tutor works part-time as an Early Years Practitioner in a Southampton Day Nursery caring for 2-5 year olds.

What do I need to sign up?

There are no formal entry requirements in respect of this course. The Makaton Level 1 course is 4 weeks long and assumes no prior knowledge of Makaton. This course is suitable for anyone and everyone who needs 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.

Is there anything else I need to know?

There are no additional costs in respect of this course.

Please bring a pen and paper/notepad to the course.

Students are responsible for materials relevant to the course.

Application Information

Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.

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18/1/2021 - Apply Now


Wildern School

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19:00 – 21:00





24+: £82.00

Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
L5B Wildern School 18/1/2021 Mon 19:00 – 21:00 4 £82.00 £82.00 Apply now

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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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Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.