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’.
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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 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
iBSL qualifications are available to learners age 12+
Due to the success of our current iBSL Level 6 course, qualified teacher Kathleen Grehan is excited that it will run again from September 2018. 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. For full course details see iBSL Level 6 Please complete a booking form to express your interest.
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.
- Ensure your company is accessible to Deaf customers.
- Comply with your legal obligations under The Equality Act.
- Motivate your staff – they will learn a new skill.
- Gain CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points for the session.
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 tailor-made to meet your needs.
Everyone who provides services to the public must comply with The Equality Act 2010. This means ensuring that everyone has equal opportunities and nobody is discriminated against. Public-sector services must take the extra step of ‘positive action’ in line with Public Sector Equality Duty. NHS providers are legally obliged to comply with The Accessibility Standard.
We discuss what it means to be a Deaf customer or patient, knowing what laws apply to your place of work, and think about practical steps every employee can take to make the business accessible and welcoming to a Deaf British Sign Language user. At least half of the session is ‘hands-on’ learning BSL signs. We will teach the signs you need, and incorporate Deaf awareness issues which you need covering.