Skills for Life & Work

British Sign Language Certificate - Z037

12 Quays Part Time Level 3

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This course aims to teach functional communication in British Sign Language through tasks which resemble some of the real life experiences of people who meet and mix with Deaf people in their family, social or working lives.

Course Details

The qualification is divided into three units as follows:

  • IBSL3AUN: Understand Varied Signed Language in a range of work contexts
  • IBSL3ASN : Sign using varied language in a range of work contexts
  • IBSL3ADC : Interact with people from different countries or diverse cultures
Entry Guidelines

Communication skills - You will need to be able to follow instruction and work as part of a group. Literacy - Ability to sign and finger spell fluently. Any other specific requirements - Students will hold Level 2 Certificate in BSL, and may have completed an introduction to BSL Level 3. You will have an opportunity to discuss with the tutor, the course and your individual needs.

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:

  • A receptive skills assessment either in DVD format (currently used) or in e-assessment format (planned future use)
  • A small number (no more than 3) of conversations and discussions will be recorded and marked by your teacher-assessor and the relevant mark sheets, plus video-recorded evidence, stored in a coursework file (or an e-file maintained electronically);
  • One oral (i.e. signed) question and answer paper will be set to cover knowledge topics in one or more units - this should also be filmed;
  • A 'live' assessment to be taken in the presence of an External Examiner from IBSL.
Additional Information

Student must be able to research BSL information, as outlined above and to demonstrate competence at iBSL level in their own time, guidance and support will be provided by your tutor. The recommended learning time is 60 hours per unit for IBSL3AUN & IBSL3ASN, and 30 hours Unit IBSL3ADC, making a total of 150 hours including assessment time. Of these guided learning, up to 50 hours may be spent on out-of-class activities.

Where can I progress to?

Successful candidates can progress to iBSL Level 4 NVQ in British Sign Language.

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Starting 2nd September 2019 - Ending - 23rd June 2020REF Z037L001

If you are aged 19 or over:

Fee : £995.00

Please note, there are no discounts for this course. If you are aged 19+, you may be able to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan (which is available for this course).

The fee quoted is for the academic year 2019-20.

Planned Timetable

Day Times Campus
Monday 18:00 — 21:00 12 Quays

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11 to 4pm and Wednesdays 4 to 6.30pm (term time only).


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