This qualification aims to further learners’ experiences and development in communication through British Sign Language (BSL) with Deaf people on everyday topics involving work and social contexts. A Level 3 course will enable development in functional BSL communication in more depth than at Level 2, 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 qualification has been developed in accordance with the National Language Standards at Level 3 and (for one unit) the National Occupational Standards for Intercultural Working (2008).
At the end of the qualification, learners will be able to:
- Understand and present information, ideas and opinions in a range of work-related and social contexts using BSL delivered at normal speed and in normally used social and work registers;
- Extract specific details and grasp overall meanings from a range of short passages in BSL delivered at normal speed and in normally used social and work registers, using varied language;
- Maintain business relationships and manage/follow uncomplicated negotiations relating to issues or concerns in your area of work delivered in BSL at normal speed and in normally used social and work registers;
- Take part in discussions relating to varied accounts, reports and instructions delivered in BSL at normal speed and in normally used social and work registers;
- Understand the main points and relevant details of news items, interviews, documentaries and social conversation delivered in BSL at normal speed and in normally used social and work registers, provided there are common interests;
- Develop interactive communication skills with Deaf people who have different cultural experiences and perspectives to your own and understand/appreciate why these differences exist;
These objectives relate to the National Occupational Standards (2010) at Level 3 as developed by CILT, plus the National Occupational Standards for Intercultural Working (2008).
The qualification is divided into three units as follows:
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Unit Description|
|IBSL 3AUN||Understand Varied Signed Language in a range of work contexts||See Unit IBSL3AUN specification|
|IBSL 3ASN||Sign using varied language in a range of work contexts||See Unit IBSL3ASN specification|
|IBSL 3ADC||Interact with people from different countries or diverse cultures||See Unit IBSL3ADC specification|
Length of Course
The course will consist of 110 GLH plus 50 hours of additional study outside the classroom. This will include access to online learning resources provided by Signworld.
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Topics & Content
The following areas will be covered:
- Employment, including job roles, details of day to day activities, details of company and personnel structure, training and learning;
- Educational activities;
- Home and Leisure including daily routines holiday and hobbies, types of housing and utilities used;
- Food and Drink including allergies, eating out, likes and dislikes;
- Routine news items such as general elections and political issues such as budget, tax or benefits changes, natural disasters, weather
The Level 3 Certificate in BSL Studies is suitable for those who:
- Wish to acquire varied British Sign Language skills at normal speed and in normally used social and work registers for the purpose of working or interacting with Deaf people on a daily or regular basis;
- Need to acquire varied BSL skills as part of a programme of study or professional development;
- Are studying for personal development with a view to future employment;
- Wish to progress from the Level 2 Certificate
The qualification is also suitable for Deaf people wishing to acquire a qualification in their own language to meet with the requirements of the Tariff of Qualifications (ITT) as an approved qualification at Level 3 for evidencing personal literacy skills in order to gain QTLS.
It is recommended that entrants should have Level 2 Certificate BSL Studies or equivalent.
All the evidences, apart from the ‘live’ assessment, will be collected into a simple coursework file (or e-file if preferred).
|Unit Code||Assessment No.||Assessment Method||Marked By|
|IBSL3AUN||3.1; 3.3; 3.4; 3.6||Video Receptive; 1:1 Dialogue; Live Observation||IBSL & T/A|
|IBSL3ASN||3.2; 3.3; 3.4; 3.6||Presentation; 1:1 Dialogue; Live Observation||IBSL & T/A|
|IBSL3ADC||3.3; 3.4; 3.5||1:1 Dialogue; Question and Answer paper||IBSL & T/A|
Learners will be expected to purchase resources for their coursework file.
What are the final qualifications?
IBSL Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language Studies
The qualification is divided into three units, each of which can be achieved separately. To achieve the full Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language Studies, Learners are required to achieve all three units
Upon completion of this qualification, learners may progress as follows:
- IBSL Level 4 Certificate in British Sign Language Studies
- IBSL Level 4 Certificate in British Sign Language/English Bilingual Skills