Level 4 Certificate in British Sign Language

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At a glance:
Upcoming classes:
  • Extended (B2)
  • 3 units
  • 40 weeks
  • 3 hours/week
  • £1000 (inc. exam)
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Course Content

Course Content


The aim of this course is to further develop your linguistic skills in British Sign Language towards upper-intermediate level, or B2 of the CEFR. Teaching begins by briefly revisiting the vocabulary and grammatical structures covered in Level 3, before moving swiftly onto developing skills, understanding and knowledge in linguistics, receptive skills, productive skills and conversational skills.

The course is delivered in an informal and relaxed environment and your teacher will use a variety of teaching and learning methods to cater for all learning styles and to meet the needs of all learners. The course is designed to be fun, engaging and meaningful and will give you the opportunity to practice your productive and receptive skills by means of group work, pair work, role-plays, games, presentations and discussions.

The Level 4 course is useful for anybody who is in regular contact with deaf people, be it through work or social life. On completion of this course, learners will be able to further develop their linguistic skills by progressing onto the Level 6 Certificate in British Sign Language course and then onto professional training in teaching or interpreting/translation.

There is also an optional unit on Introduction to Sign Language Interpreting, which will introduce students to the realm of sign language interpreting. It will cover all areas of interpreting, including preparing for assignments, interpreting models and theories, the Demand Control Schema and theoretical and practical approaches to consecutive interpreting. Learners will be taught how to perform a consecutive interpretation in line with the Level 4 National Occupational Standards for Trainee Interpreters.

Topics

  • Extended sign language linguistics
  • Jobs
  • The law
  • Medicine
  • Culture
  • Science and technology
  • Entertainment and the arts




Assessment


The full qualification consists of 3 mandatory units and 1 optional unit. You must pass all 3 mandatory units to achieve the Signature Level 4 Certificate in BSL and you must pass the optional unit to achieve the Introduction to Interpreting add-on. There are a total of 14 assessments for the full qualification in BSL: 9 are internally assessed and 5 are externally assessed. Assessments take the form of written exams, signed clips, essays and journals and are spread over the full length of the course. Exams will take place during normal classroom hours so it is essential that you make yourself available for the exam. We understand that life can happen so if you know you won’t be able to make the exam date then please let your teacher know as soon as possible. Additional fees may apply if you cannot do the exam on the allocated day and time.





Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements


You must have already achieved the Signature Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language qualification (or be able to demonstrate BSL skills at Level 3). You must also have good literacy skills in order to read and understand the course materials. Ideally, you will already be working or socialising with native signers on a regular basis. Applicants may be asked to attend an interview before a place is offered. During the interview, we will test your receptive and productive skills, followed by informal discussion with the course tutor





Progression

Progression


After you have completed the Level 4 BSL course, you can progress on to any of the following courses:

Many people progress on to the Signature Level 6 Certificate in BSL course and then on towards a career in interpreting, translation or communication support. If you have completed the full Level 4 Certificate in British Sign Language and Introduction to Interpreting and you are on an NRCPD approved Interpreter Training Programme or an NRCPD approved Development Plan then you will be able to register as a Trainee Sign Language Interpreter (TSLI) with the NRCPD and start working as a sign language interpreter.





Dates/Times

Dates/Times


TBC





Fees

Fees


Total: £1000 Monthly: £250 / £200 / £200 / £150 / £100 / £100 £250 deposit required to reserve your place. Fees include awarding body assessment fees and access to e-learning platform. Monthly Direct Debit payment plan comes as standard (5% discount if you pay total amount upfront). NB: our fees are always all-inclusive, so there are never any unexpected costs!





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