Community Learning Wales Addysg Cymunedol Cymru
Community Learning WalesAddysg Cymunedol Cymru

BSL Level 3

Progressing on from Level 2, this qualification shows competence at Level 3 of the UK Occupational Standards, it is equivalent to those for Modern Foreign Languages at AS and A2 level, it is at Level 3 on the QCF, Advanced Level on the Language Ladder and Level B2 on the Common European Framework.


The learner will be able to understand and use varied BSL in a range of work and social situations and will develop an advanced knowledge of the structure and function of BSL and an understanding of the Deaf Community and Deaf Culture.


It is useful for those who work on a regular basis and those who aspire to work with Deaf people as well as those wishing to expand their knowledge and skills in BSL.


Guided Learning Hours: 150


The qualification is divided into three units each of which will be assessed seperately. 


Unit 320 - Sign Linguistics Knowledge


The aim of this unit is for learners to develop an inderstanding and competent use of the grammatical rules of BSL.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand key features of BSL.
  • Know a range of sign language sentence styructures, applying signs and set phrases in varied work or social situations.
  • Understand a range of BSL structures, facial expressions, mouth patterns and use of space to express meaning.

Assessment for this unit will take the form of a 45 minute written question paper which will be externally marked by Signature.  


Unit 321 - Understand varied BSL in a range of work and social situations


By the end of this unit the learner can follow conversations and discussions delivered at normal speed on a range of topics in different work and social situations.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand social interaction
  • Understand signed communication in a range of familiar work and social situations
  • Understand a broad range of vocabulary
  • Understand a range of grammatical forms

Assessment for this unit will be via paper based Q&As while watching various conversations on DVDs.


Unit 322 - Use varied BSL in a range of work and social situations


By the end of this unit the learner can contribute BSL in a range of work-related and social situations and have a good vocabulary which they can adapt to get straightforward messages across.  The learner can keep the conversation going fairly smoothly within familiar areas, but may have difficulty expressing complex or abstract ideas.  When the learner does not have the vocabulary, or the other person does not understand, they can generally find alternative ways to explain.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Maintain social contact with a BSL user
  • Use varied BSL to communicate in a range of social and work-related situations
  • Be able to use a broad range of vocabulary
  • be able to use a range of grammatical forms
  • Be able to use reference sources


The assessment will be an externally marked recording of an 8-10 minute presentation by the candidate and a 10-12 minute conversation between the teacher and candidate.













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