This course offers the opportunity to acquire expertise in reading and writing uncontracted Braille. The course is presented in one stage and contains writing exercises along with flat and raised braille reading material. Course members must have access to a standard Perkins Brailler (or other paper carrying machine) and supply their own braille paper. Practising daily for 45 minutes to 1 hour is recommended rather than occasional blocks of time.
At the end of the course, an assessment comprising of a comprehension and a writing exercise is completed and submitted to the Course Tutor for marking. The Final Assessment is undertaken under formal examination conditions without the use of reference materials and must be invigilated by a person in authority, eg, Line Manager - please contact the SSC if this is not possible.
Uncontracted Braille Course Fees for 2022-23(April-January):
£325 Standard fee
£225 Concession for parents/unwaged
£375 (outside UK)
Please note that the course fee is not refundable after the first fortnight and substituting candidates is not permitted.
This course can be joined at the start of a month, from April to the following January (an application for January must be received in early December). Course members will have up to 3 months, from receipt of the course materials, to complete the course, including the Final Assessment. The course fee covers:
- payment to the SQA for registration and certification;
- complete course materials;
- tutor time (correction, feedback on assessments and support by letter/email/telephone), and
- final assessment exam materials, marking and feedback.
SQA Registration for certification purposes: requires full name, date of birth and home address to allow the SQA to either match up details or create a new record; home address is where the SQA will send the award certificate. Attendance and taking exams at a Scottish school/college should mean an SQA Candidate Number already exists (please remember to provide name and address applicable at that time). If no record exists, one will be created. SQA privacy statement can be found here: