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RNIB Certificate in Contracted Braille (UEB) - Maths module

Product code: BCMATHS

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This distance-learning course teaches basic maths in contracted Unified English Braille (UEB). It is aimed at any sighted learners who support individuals using braille, such as parents, teachers, teaching assistants and support workers. The course consists of five months of self-study, with one tutor-marked assessment half-way through, and one at the end. There is no exam.
Please note: This is a follow-on course from the RNIB Certificate in Contracted Braille (UEB) course (BCUEB). As a result, students must have completed the RNIB Certificate in Contracted Braille (UEB), preferably with a grade C or higher, before enrolling on this course.


The course includes the following: • Numeric indicator and numeric mode (including the signs allowed in numeric mode such as the decimal point) • Fractions • + − × ÷ =  ≠ < >  ≤  ≥ and : (ratio) • Ordinal Numbers and Roman Numerals • Simple superscripts and subscripts  • Square roots and cube roots • Common Greek letters • Unit abbreviations, dates, times of the day, phone numbers • Layout of maths expressions and questions with subsections • Guidelines for using grade 1 mode in maths expressions • Set out sums and simple tables

It does not cover any of the following: • Material covered in the RNIB Certificate in Contracted Braille (UEB) Course • Any other maths notation not listed above – e.g. Arrows, Shapes, Trigonometry, Matrices and Vectors, Set notation, etc. • Chemical formulae • Skills in teaching braille to blind individuals

Enrolment dates: There are two starting dates for the course each year: 1 February and 1 October. The closing date for receipt of applications for each intake is 23 January or 23 September respectively.

Course structure: The correspondence course consists of eight self-study lessons, with a tutor-marked assessment after lesson four and another at the end of the course. The two assessments contribute to 100% of the final grade. Students should be aware that the course could involve up to 50 hours of study, although the actual amount of study time will vary from one student to another. The two assessments must be submitted for marking by the date specified, and completion of the first assessment is required in order to progress with the course. Tutorial support is available.

What you will need for the course: All learning materials are provided by email. Most of the course material will be in print format. All students are expected to have access to a computer and will be provided with a link to download the free Perky Duck software to complete their brailled assessments.

Note: You will not receive a physical product when purchasing this course. All course material will be sent to you by email. Please ensure you download and complete the application form (Word file) and return prior to the deadline of 23 January for February's course or 23 September for October's course. Course material will then be sent out shortly after these dates.

Certificate in Contracted Braille (UEB) course - Maths module application form:


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