This qualification may be used as evidence of full professional proficiency in BSL. It may be
useful for those who already work, or wish to work, in a professional capacity with Deaf people,
such as teachers of the deaf, social workers for deaf people, voluntary workers with deaf people
and employees within a deaf organisation. It may also be used as evidence of proficiency in
BSL for sign language interpreters and sign language translators.
You must be age 19+ to take this qualification.
We hope to be back in a physical classroom in Guildford by Autumn 2020. We are working closely with our venue who is following Government guidelines to provide a safe environment for all their user groups. The course will be supplemented with Zoom online sessions. If we are unable to meet in person, we will teach courses entirely using Zoom until we can.
You will need basic computer skills to join this course – Sending / receiving emails, downloading / uploading videos, ability to use Zoom.
Course Information & Informal Interview – Contact us to arrange a Zoom meeting.
Kathleen Grehan – Director of Dot Sign Language, will explain the aim, content and assessment methods of this course. It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions.
If you are not a current Dot Sign Language student and are interested in joining our September 2020 Level 6 course you will need an interview with Kathleen to assess your signing and receptive skills. This is a requirement of all BSL teaching centres by Signature.
The course information and interviews will be by Zoom video conferencing. (Do not worry if you have not used this yet, it is very simple and we can advise.)
The session and interview is free of charge. Please complete a Booking Form – tick ‘Information Day’ and let us know your current BSL standard / qualifications.
Zoom timeslot to be arranged on booking.
Focusing on fluent BSL skills and knowledge of Deaf culture, the learner will be able to use and understand complex BSL in all types of social and professional interaction. You will participate in discussions, conversations and debates as well as prepare monologues and presentations, demonstrating language skills equivalent to an undergraduate degree in Modern Languages.
The course is open to students who have successfully completed BSL Level 3 and above at the Director’s discretion.
This course is also suitable for Deaf BSL users wanting to gain a qualification in their own language.
The course will include classroom teaching, feedback and 1:1 tuition as required.
In addition to guided learning hour you will be expected to do at least 180 hours of home study / work using BSL.
Topics covered include:
Employment and Business
Politics and Law
Science and Technology
The course will include classroom teaching, Zoom online sessions, feedback and 1:1 tuition as required.
Dates: OCT 2020 Course now Postponed to April 2021
New course: 10th April 2021
Day & Time: Alternate Saturdays, 9.30 – 3.30 (TBC)
Teachers: Kathleen Grehan & Terry Edwards
Venue: United Reformed Church, 83 Portsmouth Road, GU2 4BS
Additional sessions on Zoom.
If we cannot meet in a physical classroom we will use Zoom instead.
Assessments must be face to face – we cannot offer online assessments for Level 6.
£1,900 (includes Signature assessment fees.)
Please note there is a £40 additional admin charge to pay by instalments.
Dot Sign Language makes every effort to ensure that courses are run as advertised. However, a course may be cancelled if insufficient students enrol, so please do not delay in signing up!
A graduate of Social Science and a qualified British Sign Language tutor, Kathleen Grehan brings enthusiasm and humour to her classes. With many years experience campaigning, Kathleen understands the cultural differences experienced by the Deaf Community in the UK. She is a passionate teacher of BSL and Deaf Awareness, with a particular interest in linguistics.
Terry Edwards is a highly qualified and extremely experienced BSL teacher. For more than 25 years he has taught all levels of BSL for a number of training schools as well as in the workplace. In addition, Terry has examined over 200 exams for CACDP and worked as an In-Vision signer for BBC/ Red Bee Media. In 2014 Terry won the Signature Annual Award for London Regional Teacher of the Year. At Deaffest – The Deaf Film Festival Awards he was nominated Best Actor for the film ‘The End.’