Specification 5 - British Sign Language

In relation to National Units and Courses in Gàidhlig, Gaelic (Learners) and Modern Languages at all levels, using British Sign Language (BSL) to demonstrate reading, writing, talking or listening abilities in the particular language will not be a reasonable adjustment.

British Sign Language is a visual-gestural language used by many d/Deaf learners. BSL is recognised as a language in its own right. National Courses in Gàidhlig, Gaelic (Learners) or in Modern Languages specifically require candidates to demonstrate their competence in reading, writing, talking and listening in the target language concerned. Using BSL would not secure that the National Courses in Gàidhlig, Gaelic (Learners) or in Modern Languages provided a reliable indication of the knowledge and skills of the candidate upon whom they are conferred.


In a National 5 German listening assessment, the provision of a BSL interpreter would not be allowed. The provision of the BSL interpreter would mean that the candidate was not demonstrating the ability to understand spoken German, which is the assessment objective. Other reasonable adjustments such as a live presentation to allow the candidate to lip read may be appropriate. 

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