AHEAD: Association for Higher Education Access & Disability
Creating inclusive environments in education & employment for people with disabilities.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about the course below. If you still have questions, get in touch - we’d be happy to help.

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How long is the course?

You have approx. 7 weeks to complete the online part in your own time but it only takes 18-22 actual online hours in total to complete. Within the 7 week term you can work at your own pace and at times that suit your work schedule - there are only two assignment deadlines and the course finish deadline to meet within the term. This means if your work schedule is quiet and you are really keen, you can rush ahead and complete everything in the first week, or you can (as we recommend) complete say 1 module per week - whatever suits you best! This is accompanied by a 1 day introductary seminar which takes place before the start of term. The seminar is optional but highly recommended. 

Is the course accredited?

AHEAD Start is a professional development course and although you will receive a certificate of completion from AHEAD upon completion, you will not receive a recognised qualification.

Can I start anytime?

No. The course is run once a year in a 7 week term so while you can enrol at any time, you will only have access to the course for the 7 week term period.

An online course...how does it work?

After you enrol for AHEAD Start, you will receive login information within 24 hours of the term start date. After that, you are free to work on the course at your own pace provided that you complete it within the 7 week term period. Aside from this the only deadlines you have to meet are to complete both assignments (after modules 1 and 4) by the published deadlines.

Is the course marked? Are there assignments?

As mentioned earlier, there are two assignments. These assignments are not graded as such, they are simply given a complete or incomplete status by the course tutor. To receive the certificate of completion, you must have submitted both assignments to a satisfactory standard and have viewed all content by the end of term. The course tutor can see in the back end exactly which pages you have viewed and how you have scored on the end of module quizes. These quizes are not graded by the course tutor but confirm whether you have read the content.

Is the Course Supported?

Yes. In your welcome email you will receive contact information for your assigned course tutor and technical support operator. The course tutor will liaise with you around assignments and you can send any content queries to her. You can contact technical support if you have any issues around accessing the course etc.

 What do I need to take part (system requirements)?

To run the course you require:

  • Desktop/Laptop PC (the course will work with most tablets/mobile devices but compatability cannot be garaunteed)
  • Good internet connection (capable of streaming video from youtube for example)
  • Recent version of Flash player installed
  • Recent version of a supported internet browser installed (e.g. Chrome, Firefox)
  • Some video content will require headphones/speakers