BSL Courses

BSL Level 1 Award »

This course is designed to give students a basic ability to communicate with Deaf people using BSL in familiar day-to-day environments such as work, school or college, and social occasions.

Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language »

The Level 2 Certificate follows on from Level 1 and develops further the ability to communicate using BSL in a range of social and school, college or work-related contexts. Students will be expected to participate in longer and more open-ended exchanges than in Level 1.

Level 2 will be of interest to those wanting to progress onto higher BSL qualifications which are required for certain careers and roles such as a BSL/English Interpreter, Communication Support Worker, Teacher of the Deaf and other jobs working with the Deaf.

Qualification: Signature Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language (QCF) BSL Level 2
(Ref: QAN500/6105/7, BSL2)

This qualification has been developed in accordance with the National Language Standards at Level 2.

BSL Pre-Level 3 »

Our Pre-Level 3 course is designed to be a ‘bridging’ course for those who have passed BSL Level 2 and want to go on to achieve the Level 3 Certificate but feel that they need more practise and experience. It is also useful for students who wish to continue learning sign language but do not wish to take an assessment.

Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language »

This course is appropriate for those who wish to study BSL to an advanced level. Reasons for taking the course include: to help communication with family and friend or for other social reasons or simply out of interest. The reasons may be work-related, for example, if a student is dealing with Deaf customers or clients or working with Deaf colleagues.The qualifications is also suitable for Deaf people who would like to achieve a qualification in their own language.

The Level 3 is a nationally-recognised qualification equivalent in standard to a GCE Advanced Level and Level B2 on the common European Framework. It allows access to further studies such as a degree in Deaf Studies or an interpreter qualification etc.

Qualification: Signature Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language (QCF)  BSL Level 3

Ref: QAN: 601/1116/1, Signature: BSL32 BSL Level 3

This qualification has been developed in accordance with the National Language Standards at Level 3 (2010)

Find out more: BSL Level 3

 

Level 4 Certificate in British Sign Language Studies »

This iBSL qualification aims to further Learners’ experiences and development in communication through British Sign Language (BSL) with Deaf people at an extended level.

A Level 4 course will enable development in functional BSL communication in more depth than at earlier levels, requiring the ability to exchange, present and understand information, ideas, advice and opinions at normal speed, and also develop an awareness of cultural interaction with Deaf people who use BSL. This also means that you can understand discussions, debates or live shows that might be delivered in BSL.

The qualification is also suitable for Deaf people wishing to acquire a qualification in their own language.

For more full course details see see iBSL Level 4.

iBSL qualifications are available to learners age 12+

Please complete a booking form to express your interest.

 

 

 

iBSL Level 6 course »

Due to the success of our current iBSL Level 6 course, Dot Sign Language Director and qualified teacher Kathleen Grehan is excited that it will run again from September 2018.

This qualification is equivalent to those for Modern Foreign Languages at Honours Degree level. Focusing on fluent BSL skills and knowledge of Deaf culture, you will learn to understand and present information, ideas, advice and opinions at an extended level in a range of work and social situations. You will also develop an understanding of the linguistic structure of the language. We concentrate on signing, and there is no portfolio required.

It is the penultimate qualification required before a learner can take the Level 6 Interpreting qualifications required to become a registered British Sign Language interpreter.

The course is open to students who have successfully completed BSL Level 3 and above. Preference will be given to candidates with Level 4, but Level 3 students with strong BSL skills should also apply. This course is also suitable for Deaf BSL users wanting to gain a qualification in their own language.

For full course details see iBSL Level 6  Please complete a booking form to express your interest.