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.
We offer a variety of courses from Taster sessions and Improvers’ Workshops enabling you to ‘soak-up’ BSL with no exams, through to the full range of certified qualifications.
The national awarding bodies for BSL are ‘Signature’ and ‘iBSL’.
If you have a Deaf child please contact us about funding.
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.
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.
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
This Level 4 Certificate in BSL was introduced and developed to bridge the gap between Level 3 and the Level 6 qualifications.
This course caters for the learning needs of those who are already competent in BSL at Level 3 and are interested in developing their skills and knowledge. It is designed to give students an advanced knowledge of BSL and the ability to communicate with Deaf BSL users in a range of work and social situations. It will also give a greater understanding of the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture. The Level 4 is also suitable for Deaf people who would like to achieve a qualification in their own language.
Qualification: Signature: BSL4, QAN: 601/3423/9
This qualification uses the National Language Standards at Level 4. The assessment criteria for units 421 and 422 are taken from the UK Occupational Language Standards at Level 4 (extended language use). The qualification is at Level 4 on the Qualifications & Credit Framework (QCF), Extended Level on the Language Ladder and Level B2/C1 on the Common European Framework.
Qualified Teacher Kathleen Grehan is excited to announce the introduction of the iBSL Level 6 course. 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. full course details see iBSL Level 6 currently considering applications for the course. Please complete a booking form to express your interest. Interviews will take place between 2nd October and 22nd December 2017.
Our teachers are happy to arrange 1 to 1 private tuition when requested. Students require these services for various reasons, for example, to catch up on work missed, to help with areas that some students may find challenging, to fast-track through a qualification.
These sessions are informal and relaxed and designed to give students a glimpse into the world of BSL. We hope a taster session is as much a social experience as it is a learning experience for those who come along.
BSL order is very different and sometimes we lack the awareness, vocabulary or receptive skill to get the full meaning of a phrase.
Often, it is crucial ‘non-verbal’ connectors that we fail to see. It results in us ‘missing the point’ despite understanding most of the signs. That is frustrating.
In this series of workshops we will completely dissect a range of video clips on various topics. This will increase your vocabulary and improve your receptive, linguistic and grammar skills. Each session will also focus on ‘sticking areas’ that students often struggle with – such as turn-taking convention, mouth pattern, aspect, tenses etc.
‘Improvers’ workshops are for signers of Levels 2, 3, and 4. Each session lasts 2 hours and are £20.00 each. This is discounted to £15.00 per session if you book five or more.
Students will be issued with a certificate of attendance to use towards Continued Professional Development (CPD)
Dot Sign Language have a workplace training session to suit your organisation. Whether you are a private company, a public-sector service or an NHS provider of health or social care, we can provide a Deaf Awareness session to meet your needs.
For example, NHS providers are legally obliged to comply with The Accessibility Standard. Public-sector services must take ‘positive action’ in line with Public Sector Equality Duty. The Equality Act 2010 affects everyone who provides services to the public.
Deaf Awareness means thinking about what it means to be a Deaf customer or patient, knowing what laws apply to your place of work, and taking practical steps to ensure that you are helping your workplace be accessible and welcoming to a Deaf British Sign Language user.
Our workplace training is run by a Deaf teacher and is interpreted into spoken English throughout, so you can fully immerse yourself in BSL. Thought-provoking and interactive, we encourage questions and aim for every attendee to leave with an action plan to take back to their workplace and implement. Within every session we incorporate ‘hands-on’ learning of signs relevant to you.
Through discussion before the event, we will tailor the session to you, and incorporate signs and issues relating to Deaf awareness that you would like to be covered.