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British Sign Language: Level 2

(SCQF level 5)

Languages, Education and Humanities

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Mode of Study


Start Date

28th Aug 2019, 36 weeks


City Campus


£ 483


This qualification is designed to enable you to develop skills to communicate with Deaf people using British Sign Language (BSL) in a range of everyday situations. The qualification will allow you 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. You will be able to deal with most routine communication and have enough understanding of grammar to cope with some non-routine communication. You will be taught a number of regional variations in sign language.

The specification has been designed to be consistent with the National Language Standards at Level 2.

Qualification Structure

The qualification is divided into three units, each of which can be achieved separately.

The units can be done in any order at any time but it is recommended that the content of Unit BSL201 is covered before Unit BSL202 or BSL203.

To achieve the full Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language, candidates are required to achieve all units.

Unit         QAN unit number   Unit title                              Assessment

BSL201    J/600/0210              BSL Receptive Skills           Multiple-choice examination

BSL202    D/600/0214             BSL Productive Skills          Presentation in BSL

BSL203    A/600/0219             BSL Conversational Skills   Conversation in BSL

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Full Level 1 Award in British Sign Language (Signature BSL1), you must pass all units 101,102 and 103.

Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language is suitable for those who:

  • wish to achieve language skills at an intermediate level to improve communication with Deaf people.
  • are Deaf and wish to gain a qualification in their native language.
  • are family, friends and colleagues of Deaf people.
  • want to progress from Level 1 study in BSL, and who may want to progress to more advanced levels of study in BSL at a later date.
  • are studying for personal development.

Additional selection requirements

Please be aware that BSL competence standards include requirements for candidates to have sufficient sight, manual dexterity, facial and body movement to produce and receive BSL.

What you study

You'll study:

  • You will be studying and practising around the 4 themes embedded in the qualification:


    Theme 1

    Everyday Conversation

    Mandatory (this theme must be done)

    Theme 2

    Eating and Drinking

    Optional themes: Pick two of these themes.

    The themes chosen for unit BSL202 and BSL203 must be different.

    Theme 3

    Spending and Shopping

    Theme 4

    Travel and Holidays

    Theme 1 is mandatory so you must do this. You will also study two other themes out of the three optional themes above. The two optional themes will be chosen by the teacher in consultation with you.

    In Unit BSL201 you will be assessed on the content of Theme 1 only.

    In Units BSL202 and BSL203 you will use and build upon the vocabulary and grammatical features of Theme 1.

    Themes 2, 3 and 4 include the vocabulary from Theme 1. You are expected to increase your understanding and use of BSL grammar and vocabulary in these units. Some of the learning hours will be used to practice skills and carry out the assessment for Units BSL202 and BSL203.

    For Unit BSL202 you will be assessed on the content of Theme 1 and the first choice of the optional themes.

    For Unit BSL203 you will be assessed on the content of Theme 1 and the second choice of the optional themes.


How the course is taught

The course will be taught in a friendly atmosphere, but you will engage in class by producing and receiving signs.  You must appreciate this course requires considerable practice, both during class and in your own time, to reach assessment standard.

  • You should dedicate at least 6 hours per week at home for study and practice to ensure your skills improve and develop.
  • Engage in the lessons.
  • Be prepared to work with a diverse range of people within your class.

Be prepared to let class members work with you – all class members will work with each other.

Assessment methods

Please see the Qualification structure section for more information.

Additional Information


Handouts will be provided in class as appropriate. Learners will be advised by the Lecturer if there is a need to purchase any material.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    28th Aug 2019, 36 weeks
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Cost:
    £ 483