BSL Level 2 Preparation Course

Accredited course - interview required.

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 450 Conc £565 Full £760

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Friday 13:00 - 15:30 33 MAC 20/09/2019 10/07/2020 LZ1050

What will the course cover?

"This course is designed to enable learners to develop an ability to communicate with deaf people using BSL in a range of familiar contexts, participating in longer and more open-ended exchanges than at level 1. The course will develop functional communication in BSL about a range of real life, routine, and daily experiences. The learner will be able to deal with most routine language tasks and have sufficient grasp of grammar to cope with some non-routine tasks. The content of the SIGNATURE level 2 award will contain four themes: about you; eating and drinking; shopping and spending; travel and holidays. All learners will study the first theme and two of the other three. The specification has been designed to be consistent with the National Language Standards at Level 2. For full details, download the Qualification Specification from "

Who is the course for?

Students who wish to further their skills in sign language and communication with deaf people. The course 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. the course is open to all whether they wish to study towards the examination or simply improve their existing language skills.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

You should be proficient at level 1, and preferably have gained SIGNATURE level 1 award in BSL or be able to demonstrate a similar level during the interview.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Be able to communicate in BSL on a wide variety of everyday topics with confidence. Unit BSL202 – BSL Productive Skills Unit summary To achieve this unit, learners must show that they can use routine language in everyday situations. It allows the learner to demonstrate their ability to present information in British Sign Language. Their language is generally accurate and they make only minor grammatical errors, which do not change their meaning. If they do not have the vocabulary, they find other ways of presenting information. Unit BSL203 – BSL Conversational Skills Unit summary 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. Unit BSL201 – BSL Receptive Skills Unit summary To achieve this unit, learners must show they can understand routine language in everyday situations. 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.

How is the course organised?

A 3-hour session every week over 3 terms for around 90 hours of classroom time. You will complete full class exercises, small group work and 1 – 1 sessions. Students will not be allowed to take the exam if they have not attended at least 80% of their classes. However, the tutor will decide when a particular student is ready to take the exam.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Practice, preferably with others; revision; self study; contact with the deaf world; use of videos to review stories and develop skills. CD Roms are available to support study privately and in the libraries.

How will my progress be assessed?

"You will complete a Learning Plan at the start of the course and monitor your achievements throughout the course. Assessment is built into the learning time of each unit. You will sign a presentation on video/DVD on a theme you choose from three as part of the exam. "

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Level 3

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

"Ring binders to organise your handouts; tutors will advise on any other materials you should acquire. We have built the assessment costs into the fees for this academic year (taking you to July 2019), but as the exam costs for 2019 are not yet published, we may have to ask a small extra charge at the time of exam registration. "

What support is available?

"Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Details are available from the guide and from teaching or reception staff. "