Specification 6 - Communication Units

In relation to National Core Skills Communication Units and to National Certificate Communication Units, exemption from demonstrating abilities in reading, writing, listening or speaking will not be a reasonable adjustment.

An award of a Core Skill Communication Unit indicates that the candidate has reached a level of competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking. The development of these four skills and the demonstration of their achievement are deemed to be of key importance to the award. Therefore, it is not possible to exempt a disabled candidate from demonstrating abilities in reading, writing, listening or speaking.

In order to minimise disadvantage, disabled candidates who are unable to decode written text are allowed to have a human reader or screen reader to enable them to demonstrate their ability to meet the assessment objectives of understanding, analysing and evaluating a piece of writing. Similarly, in the case of writing, disabled candidates who are unable to write, are allowed to have a human scribe or to use speech-recognition software to enable them to demonstrate their ability to meet the assessment objective of composing a piece of writing which is appropriate for purpose and audience.

Deaf candidates who are unable to speak and/or listen are allowed to use British Sign Language, Sign Supported English (SSE), lip speakers or any other appropriate augmentative and alternative communication to demonstrate their ability to respond and express themselves appropriately.

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