Improving learner outcomes

Hearing Impairment Further Education
Supported learning for teaching professionals
Flexible self-paced learning
CPD certified for 20 hours of learning
Upskill staff in your school or organisation

About hearing impairment

There are more than 11 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss.

Learners with hearing loss can:

This course has opened my eyes on how to implement different strategies for a learner with a hearing impairment.

  • have difficulty hearing other people clearly, and misunderstand what they say
  • have to ask people to repeat themselves
  • become tired or stressed because of how hard they have to concentrate on what other people are saying
  • feel isolated because they are unable to contribute to classroom discussions
Providing SEND CPD since 2008

I have gained confidence and become much mindful of my HI learners developing a much more inclusive environment. The good practice I have started to develop is impacting all learners alike.

Who is the course for?

Our Hearing Impairment course is perfect for those who work with students in a further education setting such as teachers, college tutors, teaching assistants, heads of department and college leaders. This course is also useful for the parents/carers of students with a hearing impairment.

Over 178,000 participants worldwide

Why join the course?

Participants’ pre and post-course evaluations demonstrate significantly increased confidence in identifying, assessing and supporting learners with a hearing impairment.

Confidence in overall abilities to meet the needs of pupils with the SEN

  • Not confident
  • Somewhat confident
  • Fairly confident
  • Very confident


Pre course
  • 13.5%
  • 32.4%
  • 40.5%
  • 13.5%


Post chart
  • 2.7%
  • 59.5%
  • 37.8%

As of July 2019

This course looks at the impact that hearing loss can have on a learner’s life and shows how you can make your practice more inclusive for students, offering practical assessment ideas and intervention strategies.

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Designed for professionals

As a setting we now have the training and experience to be able to fully support any students with a hearing impairment.

Course content

This course aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills of all those working with young people with a hearing impairment to support inclusive practice.

  • Understanding
    Learn how the ear works, how to identify the different types of hearing loss, the role of hearing aids and understand the importance of inclusion in a further education setting.
  • Assessment for Learning
    Explore some of the assessment tools used to monitor the progress of hearing-impaired students and to provide information that can be used to inform support programmes, including levels of support and target setting.
  • Interventions
    Choose from a range of strategies to develop personalised programmes that meet the needs of the learners you support.
  • Case Studies
    View real life examples that illustrate the needs of the individual, the interventions implemented and their resulting progress.

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What you will learn

On successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • describe how the ear works and define the different causes of hearing loss
  • describe the impact that hearing loss can have on learning and social inclusion
  • explain the range of communication modes used by students with a hearing loss
  • identify different amplification devices, including additional listening devices, and describe how environmental adaptions can enhance hearing
  • use checklists to carry out observations of a student’s functional hearing
  • set SMART goals for improving learner outcomes
  • communicate clearly and effectively with deaf students
  • contribute towards planning interventions that consider a student’s individual development profile and needs
  • plan successful transition programmes to ensure smooth transition to higher education or work
  • employ strategies to support communication, access to the curriculum, social inclusion and increase independent learning skills
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