Course Details


The following information gives a brief description of the content and structure of each level. All BSL NOW! Courses are ‘Signature’ accredited.

BSL Level 1

Level 1 will introduce you to fingerspelling and basic signs. This unit will cover everyday conversations and will give you confidence when communicating with deaf people.

Level 1 consists of three units:

- BSL 101

- BSL 102

- BSL 103

Aims of the course

Each Unit will build on the information learnt in previous units and will provide more in-depth vocabulary.

At the end of the course learners should be able to take part in simple conversations and be able to confidently discuss a range of topics.

101 topics:

- Meeting people

- Basic conversation

- Numbers

- Weather

- Transport

- Directions

Assessment

The assessments include video recorded conversations with a qualified BSL teacher and the assessment fees are included in the course price.

The assessments can be either face-to-face or via Zoom.

Successful candidates will be awarded a Level 1 certificate, issued by ‘Signature’.

BSL level 2

Level 2 will develop signing and communication skills and will provide a greater understanding of BSL grammar. It will also include the introduction of some regional signs.

Level 2 is divided unto 3 Units:

- BSL 201

- BSL 202

- BSL 203

4 topics are included in Level 2:

- Everyday conversation:

- Eating and drinking

- Spending and shopping

- Travel and holidays

Assessment:

- 201 Receptive - to achieve this unit students must show that they can understand BSL in a range of everyday conversations when signing is delivered at normal conversational pace. Students are expected to select the correct answer from 4 possible answers for each question on their exam paper. This will then be transferred to an online format to be submitted to ‘Signature’.

- 202 Productive - to achieve this unit the student must be able to use BSL to provide information on a range of subjects using the correct hand shapes, facial expressions and lip patterns together with correct BSL order.

- 203 Conversation - at the end of the unit the student should be able to take part in routine conversations using the correct vocabulary in the appropriate context, use turn taking, correct handshapes, facial expressions, lip patterns and BSL order.

The assessments include video recorded conversation and presentation with a qualified BSL teacher and the assessment fees are included in the course prices.

For the BSL202 and BSL203 assessments students will be given 3 topics to choose from:

- Eating and drinking

- Spending and shopping

- Travel and holidays

The topic chosen for BSL203 must be different to that chosen for BSL 202

The assessments can be either face-to-face or via Zoom.

Successful candidates will be awarded a Level 2 certificate, issued by ‘Signature’.

BSL Level 3

Level 3 learners will develop an advanced knowledge of BSL structure and be able to understand and use varied BSL in a variety of work and social situations. Learners will also develop an understanding of the Deaf Community, History and Culture.

Level 3 is divided in to 3 Units:

- 3ASS1

- 3ASS2

- 3ASS3

6 topics are covered in Level 3, these are:

- Home Life

- Social/Recreational Activities

- Education and Training

- Employment

- Consumer Issues

- Deaf History and Culture

Assessment

- 3ASS1 Presentation - to achieve this unit the student will deliver a presentation to their teacher on a chosen topic. 3 topics will be provided by Signature and the student must choose 1 out of the 3. The student must be able to use BSL to convey information linked to their topic using correct BSL grammar, formation and vocabulary.

- 3ASS2 Conversation - to achieve this unit the student will engage in a conversation with their teacher on a chosen topic sent by Signature. A choice of 3 topics will be provided and the student must choose 1. The student must show good use of BSL grammar, sign pace, turn taking and vocabulary linked to their topic.

- 3ASS3 Receptive - to achieve this unit students must show that they can understand BSL used in presentations and conversation on Level 3 topics being delivered at a normal pace. Students are expected to write their answers in English onto their exam papers and then transfer them to an online format to be submitted to 'Signature'.

The assessments include video recorded conversation and presentation with a qualified BSL teacher and the assessment fees are included in the course prices.

Assessments can be either face to face or online via Zoom.

Successful candidates will be awarded a Level 3 certificate in BSL, issued by ‘Signature’.

BSL Level 4

Level 4 learners will develop advanced knowledge of BSL structure and be able to understand and use varied BSL in a variety of work and social situations. It is designed for people who work with, or, would like to work within the deaf community or deaf organisations and also for learners who want to expand their knowledge and skills in BSL.

Level 4 is divided into 3 Units:

- 4ASS1

- 4ASS2

- 4ASS3

Added to this, students will be expected to produce coursework that consists of 3 video recordings. These will be filmed informal conversations held with a competent BSL user and linked to Level 4 topics. Teacher and Candidate Feedback Forms for each of the recordings will be completed for evaluation.

6 topics are covered in Level 4, these are:

Employment and Business

- Education

- Health and Wellbeing

- Society and Politics

- Science and Technology

- Media and Culture

Assessment

- 4ASS1 Presentation - to achieve this unit the student will deliver a presentation to their teacher on a chosen topic. 3 topics will be provided by Signature and the student must choose 1 out of the 3. The student must be able to use BSL to convey information linked to their topic using correct BSL grammar, formation and vocabulary.

- 4ASS2 Conversation - to achieve this unit the student will engage in a conversation with their teacher on a chosen topic sent by Signature. A choice of 3 topics will be provided and the student must choose 1. The student must show good use of BSL grammar, sign pace, turn taking and vocabulary linked to their topic.

- 4ASS3 Receptive - to achieve this unit students must show that they can understand BSL used in presentations and conversation on Level 4 topics being delivered at a normal pace. Students are expected to write their answers in English onto their exam papers and then transfer these to the online format to be submitted to ‘Signature’.

The assessments include video recorded conversation and presentation with a qualified BSL teacher and the assessment fees are included in the course price.

Assessments can be face to face or online via Zoom.

Successful candidates will be awarded a Level 4 certificate in BSL, issued by ‘Signature’.

BSL Level 6

Information regarding the Level 6 course will be added later.