Level 6 BSL

This course follows the qualification specification laid down by IBSL

Qualification Aim

This qualification aims to further the learning needs of those who have already acquired competence at Level 4 in British Sign Language (BSL) with Deaf people at an extended level. Learners successfully acquiring Level 6 BSL Studies must be able to demonstrate competence at this level of the UK Occupational Language Standards (CILT, 2010). This means that the learner will be able to understand and use complex BSL in a range of work and social situations.

This qualification has been developed in accordance with the National Language Standards at Level 6 (2010). It is equivalent to those for Modern Foreign Languages at Honours Degree level.

Qualification Objective

At the end of the qualification, Learners can:

  • Take an active role in complex situations using BSL;
  • Maintain fluent and accurate BSL over extended periods within their area of expertise;
  • Understand and use a complex range of vocabulary and technical language;
  • Follow and formulate presentations, proposals and arguments in the support of theories and/or ideas;
  • Understand and use with accuracy most colloquial and idiosyncratic BSL;
  • Relay information informally to and from BSL;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of BSL Linguistics theory and practice;These objectives relate to the UK Occupational Languages Standards (2010) at Level 6 as developed by CILT.

Qualification Structure

The qualification is divided into three units as follows:

  • IBSL6AUN: Understand complex BSL in a wide range of work situations – Unit Number: D/505/2884
  • IBSL6ASN: Use complex BSL in a wide range of work situations – Unit Number: H/505/2885
  • IBSL6ALN: BSL Linguistics Theory & Practice – Unit Number: K/505/2886

All three units can be achieved separately, but the full Level 6 Certificate in British Sign Language Studies can only be given if there is a PASS in each unit.

Assessment procedures are detailed on the relevant unit pages.

Total recommended guided learning hours (GLH) is 180 for the qualification (60 hours per unit).

Total credits available for the qualification is 18 (6 per unit).

Target Group

The Level 6 Certificate in BSL Studies is suitable for those who:

  • Wish to acquire and utilise British Sign Language skills at normal speed over extended periods in a wide range of complex work and social situations;
  • Need to acquire and utilise BSL skills as part of a programme of professional development, for example, as a trainee interpreter or a teaching professional/lecturer at university or college level where advanced BSL subjects are being taught;
  • Wish to progress from the Level 4 Certificate;

The qualification is also suitable for Deaf people wishing to acquire a qualification in their own language, as part of a progression route towards Deaf Interpreter status.

Entry Requirement

It is recommended that entrants should have the Level 4 Certificate in BSL Studies before embarking on the Level 6 Certificate programme.

Progression Route

Upon completion of this qualification, Learners may progress to a Level 6 interpreting qualification.

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