British Sign Language (BSL) was recognised by the government as a language in its own right in March 2003. BSL is the first or preferred language of an estimated 70,000 Deaf people in the UK. BSL is a visual-gestural language, with its own grammar and principles, which are completely different from the grammatical structure of English.
UEA is an official Examination Centre for Signature, the leading awarding body for qualifications in British & Irish Sign Language, deafblind communication and other deaf communication methods.
Qualification Level offered at UEA:
Level 1 Award in British Sign Language
- BSL 101 Introduction to British Sign Language
- BSL 102 Conversation in British Sign Language
- BSL 103 Communicate in British Sign Language about Everyday Life
This qualification is designed to teach learners to communicate with deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL) on a range of topics that involve simple, everyday language use. They will gain basic skills and confidence in production and reception of BSL.
The specification has been designed using the UK Occupational Language Standard 2010 at Level 1.
The qualification is divided into three units, each of which can be achieved separately. Learners who are new to BSL should cover BSL101 first, as units BSL102 and BSL103 build on this knowledge. Units BSL102 and BSL103 can be taken in any order.
To achieve the full Level 1 Award in British Sign Language, candidates must pass all units.
- BSL101: Practical assessment of skills
- BSL102: Conversation in BSL
- BSL 103: Conversation in BSL
At the end of the qualification, learners will be able to:
- understand and use a limited range of simple words and sentences in BSL
- take part in simple, everyday conversations in BSL
- give and follow simple directions or instructions in BSL
- give and follow simple familiar statements or descriptions in BSL.
Level 1 Award in British in British Sign Language can be taken without any previous BSL experience at any level. This qualification allows learners to gain basic skills and confidence in the two areas of production and reception of BSL.
If you are studying BSL at UEA and want to get the Signature Diploma, we recommend that you register for BSL 101 after taking Introduction to BSL I (PPLB4031A or PPLB4033B), and for BSL 101/102/103 after taking Introduction to BSL II (PPLB4032B).
To register please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The examination sessions at UEA are in December and May.
The next examination date is 12th May 2018.
Registration period for May session: Until 16th April 2018
School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
University of East Anglia
Tel: +44 (0)1603 456161
For registered students, participation will contribute towards their UEA Award and is likely to complete the ‘campus and personal’ category requirement for the Bronze level or contribute to higher levels of the Award in that category. If you would like to register for the Award, please see more information at https://www.uea.ac.uk/award
For other activities you could submit to the Award in this category and in other Award categories, please see our interactive list.