Level 1, Part Time

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Developing Awareness training is an essential first step in tackling discrimination and creating equality of opportunity, treatment and choice for deaf people through greater understanding, more positive attitudes towards deafness and more effective communication skills.

Course details

About different communication types D/deaf people use:

  • The range of people who use BSL and how they acquire BSL, i.e through Deaf families or membership of deaf communities including schools
  • The range of people who use other methods of communication in preference to BSL
  • Know how a deaf person's language and cultural background affects communication
  • Understand why deaf people who use BSL may identify themselves as a minority group.

About the meaning of Deaf Identity:

  • Terms used to describe the meaning of Deaf Identity and how this identity may be acquired
  • What is meant by the medical model of deafness, the social model of deafness and the cultural/linguistic model of deafness.

About barriers for d/Deaf people:

  • Learners should know about barriers to d/Deaf people, whether in terms of equipment such as entry-phones to buildings, or other people's attitudes (i.e. low expectations of deaf people) or provision of information (i.e. announcements over tannoys), and suggest ways to remedy/overcome these barriers.
Entry guidelines

There are no formal entry criteria for this qualification but literacy is essential.

If English is not your first language, you may need an assessment before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Assessment Method

Assessment is by exam.

Where can I progress to?

iBSL Level 1 Certificate in BSL

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When does this course run?

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).