Accredited by Signature

Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language

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BSL Level 2 - Courses

This qualification is designed to enable learners to develop their skills to communicate with Deaf people using British Sign Language (BSL) in a range of everyday situations. The qualification will allow learners to participate in longer and more varied conversations than at Level 1. The course will develop communication in BSL about 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.

https://www.signature.org.uk/qualification-specifications/ 

What will I learn?

  • BSL grammar (use of placement, plurals in BSL, use of Non Manual Features, negation/affirmation, classifiers and roleshift).
  • You will be able to create simple short signed narratives in BSL that will enable you to describe your holidays, everyday conversation, going out for a meal, spending money and so on.
  • Develop receptive skills in order to answer simple multiple choice questions in BSL (set by Signature).

How will I learn?

  • We use interactive learning activities
  • Online videos and homework tasks
  • Visual Powerpoints
  • Topic based learning
  • Online learning platform
  • Quizzes and games
  • Videos and questions (that mimic the assessment).
  • Signed narratives

How will I be assessed?

All assessments are marked by the external body, Signature.
There are four themes which run throughout this qualification – 2 (Optional) Themes to be chosen by me.
  • Theme 1 – Everyday Conversation (Mandatory)
  • Theme 2 – Eating and Drinking (Optional)
  • Theme 3 – Spending and Shopping (Optional)
  • Theme 4 – Travel and Holidays (Optional)
The course is divided into three units and candidates are required to pass all units to gain the Signature qualification.
  • Unit BSL 201 – Receptive Skills : Assessment: Watching a clip and answering multiple choice questions linked to the clip you watch.
  • Unit BSL 202 – Productive Skills - Assessment: You tell a 3-5 minutes story and are assessed on your BSL signing skills.
  • Unit BSL 203 – Conversational Skills - Assessment: You will have a 6-7 minutes conversation with your tutor.
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.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

What if I am not self funding and my employer/other will be paying for the course for me?

No problem.  Please contact me  to discuss this further and make the payment arrangements.

What if the course does not go ahead due to unforeseen circumstances, such as students dropping out? 

In this situation we would encourage you to stay with us for a course at a slightly later date, we would do our very best to arrange this within a reasonable time.  If, you decide to ask for a refund, we would stipulate that there be a £50 fee deducted for administration costs.

…I miss a class

don’t worry, we appreciate you all have busy lives. We do need regular attendance but when there is an unfortunate occasion where you miss a lesson, there are lots of videos on the learning platform to support you. 

Is there a learning agreement documents ?

Yes, I will email you separately and please sign as agreed.

What if I want some extra support?

Some students will arrive to class early (if face-to-face) and spend 30 mins working with each other to support or you can have additional tutorials with me (additional costs).

What if I am not confident with technology?

Don’t worry, I am an IT whizz! I will support you and make sure that you are able to join in. I have supported students from young age to adults with joining my class so you won’t be left behind.

What if I am dyslexic/have a learning need?

If you have a dyslexia assessment (or any other evidence) in place, then I will need to send copies of this to Signature so that they can be made aware when marking your work. You will be given extra time in all exams.  You must have some form of evidence (e.g. medical assessment, doctor etc) that can be used.

Am I too old (or too young) to learn?

No! I have taught students in their late 70s. However if you are under 18, an appropriate adult will need to accompany you in your lessons (they do not need to participate but must be in the room with you).

I fail an exam

For ALL Levels,  You are able to pay for resits (plus an admin fee). There are no maximum number of retakes.

I live far away.

Teaching and ALL exams can all be done remotely.

What if I have a query /concern. How do I communicate with the teacher/tutor?

If you have any concerns/worries with the course, please contact me immediately via email or Whatsapp (during working hours only). I am then able to correspond with you via written English and alleviate any concerns or issues.  If there is a communication barrier, I have an Access To Work interpreter who can provide communication support.

I use a wheelchair. Are your lessons accessible?

All of my teaching locations have wheelchair access, accessible parking and toilets. I am passionate about ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to learn and so I endeavour to make sure the learning environment is accessible and suitable for all. 

What happens next when I pass BSL Level 2?

Completion of the Level Two Award in British Sign Language  (Accredited by Signature) means you can confidently enrol onto the Level Three Award in British Sign Language with SHBSL.

Upcoming courses:

BSL Level 2 – Thursday 25th April 2024

£630 | without exam £470 | Exam £163
1 spaces
  • 25 April, 2024
  • 28 weeks
  • ZOOM
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BSL Level 2 – Monday 13th May 2024

£630 | without exam £470 | Exam £163
3 spaces
  • 13 May, 2024
  • 28 weeks
  • Zoom
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BSL Level 2 – Saturday 14th September 2024

£630 | without exam £470 | Exam £163
6 spaces
  • 14 September, 2024
  • 28 sessions - 14th/28th Sept, 26th Oct, 9th Nov, 23rd Nov, 7th Dec and more dates to followed in 2025
  • West Norfolk Deaf Association, 32b Railway Road, King’s Lynn, PE30 1NF
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BSL Level 2- Tuesday 17th September 2024

£630 | without exam £470 | Exam £163
9 spaces
  • 17 September, 2024
  • 30 weeks
  • The Deaf Community Centre, Johnson Place, Norwich NR2 2SA
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