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BSL Level 2

Course duration:   32 weeks
Class duration:     2.5 hours per week

The BSL Level 2 Award qualification is accredited by Signature – the leading award body for Deaf communication qualifications in the UK, and is designed for learners who have attained BSL Level 1 and wish to develop their BSL skills to further communicate with Deaf people in a range of everyday situations. The qualification will allow learners to participate in longer and more varied conversations than at Level 1, with a focus on real life, routine, and daily experiences. The learner will be able to deal with most routine communication and have enough understanding of grammar to cope with some non-routine communication. Learners will also be taught several regional variations in sign language.

Target group

 

Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language is suitable for those who:
 

  • wish to achieve language skills at an intermediate level to improve communication with Deaf people
  • are Deaf and wish to gain a qualification in their native language
  • are family, friends and colleagues of Deaf people
  • want to progress from Level 1 study in BSL, and who may want to progress to more advanced levels of study in BSL at a later date
  • are studying for personal development.
 

 

COURSE MODULES

 

 

 

 

 

BSL Level 2 Award

 

 

The qualification is divided into three units as follows:

The units can be done in any order at any time, but it is recommended that the content of Unit BSL201 is covered before Unit BSL202 or BSL203.

To achieve the full Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language, candidates are required to achieve all units.

 

 

BSL 201 - BSL Receptive Skills


The exam for this Unit is internally assessed by the teacher in the form of a signed conversation.  To achieve this Unit, the learner must demonstrate that they can:

 

  • understand routine language in everyday situations.
  • understand specific details from, and the general meaning of, a range of information presented in sign language. This also includes an understanding of standard signing, delivered at normal speed, with facial expressions, body language, etc.


Learners can understand specific details from, and the general meaning of, a range of information presented in sign language. They can understand standard signing, delivered at normal speed, with facial expressions, body language, etc.

The exam for this unit is assessed externally by a Signature Assessor.  Candidates will answer a set of multiple-choice questions based on their understanding of a story presented in BSL on a DVD.

In this Unit, the Learner will demonstrate that they can:

 

  • understand signed communication in a range of familiar everyday situations.
  • understand key grammatical features of everyday situations.
  • understand questions related to a range of familiar everyday situations.

 

 

BSL 202 – BSL Productive Skills


To achieve this unit, learners make a presentation in BSL, chosen from one of the following themes:

 

  • Eating and Drinking
  • Shopping and Spending
  • Travel and Holidays


They must also be able to incorporate elements of everyday conversation such as using description and expressing opinion.

The exam for this Unit is assessed by a Signature Assessor.  The learner signs a presentation to the teacher, (approx. 3-5 minutes in length) which is recorded and assessed externally.

In the Unit, the learner will demonstrate that they can:

 

  • use appropriate signing conventions of familiar everyday situations and a chosen theme
  • use non manual features and BSL word order
  • use fingerspelling appropriately

 


BSL 203 – Conversational Skills


This unit covers the learner’s receptive and productive skills, which will normally have been assessed in Units BSL201 and BSL202. It allows the candidate to put both skills together to demonstrate that they can understand and exchange information during a routine conversation with a BSL user.

The exam for this Unit is assessed externally by a Signature Assessor.  The teacher will have a conversation with the candidate, (approx. 6-7 minutes) based on the chosen theme (which must be different to the one chosen in BSL202.)

In the Unit, the learner will demonstrate that they can:

 

  • Understand routine conversations in BSL
  • Take part in routine conversations in BSL
  • Demonstrate basic BSL word order
  • Demonstrate and understand non manual features
  • Use and understand fingerspelling

 

 

AIMS AND OUTCOMES

 

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Learning Outcomes and Aims


Upon successful completion of this qualification, learners will receive the Level 2 Award in British Sign Language certificate. In addition, learners will be able to:

 

  • Understand and demonstrate a deeper knowledge of BSL grammar.
  • Recognise some regional variations in BSL.
  • Converse on a wider range of topics in BSL.


Next Steps


Upon achieving the Level 2 Award, learners can proceed to the Level 3 Award in British Sign Language.

If you are interested in attending a course near to you, then please contact Emma on the link below:

 

 


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