British Sign Language Awards at SCQF levels 3 and 4

British Sign Language Awards at SCQF levels 3 and 4

The British Sign Language Awards at SCQF levels 3 and 4 have been designed to appeal to hearing and deaf learners, and will help learners to develop their language skills and enable them to communicate with British Sign Language (BSL) users in various contexts. The Awards cover areas such as understanding language and linguistics, using language in context and history, and the Deaf Community.

As well as the Awards in BSL, there is a small group of stand-alone units. These units may be more suited to learners who want an introduction to BSL, or who do not have sufficient time to complete the full Award.

These qualifications may be available through schools, colleges, community organisations, and volunteer-involving organisations (VIOs).

In addition to this Award we also provide:

Why deliver this qualification

These Awards have a wide potential market. They are open to all learners, regardless of age, academic experience, or ability.

Centres have the flexibility to choose the delivery method which best suits their circumstances and their learners.

The Awards can be used to offer a progression pathway to other qualifications (see Progression).

Who does this qualification suit

The BSL Awards at SCQF levels 3 & 4 are suitable for:

  • S3–S6 pupils
  • school leavers
  • college students
  • adult returners to education
  • anyone in a volunteering role
  • trainees preparing for employment
  • employees studying as part of a continuing professional development programme
  • individuals involved in voluntary activities
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • those who wish to start their own business

Access

Entry to the Awards is at the discretion of the centre. Centres can decide an appropriate starting level for each learner, based on the learner’s existing knowledge and experience of BSL and/or learning across other languages. However, some previous knowledge and interest in BSL may be an advantage.

Progression

Stand-alone units in BSL

If successful at one level, learners could progress to the unit at the next level, where available.

Unit Title Unit Code SCQF level Learning hours
British Sign Language: An Introduction F8Y0 09 3 60
British Sign Language H3PA 10 4 60
British Sign Language H3PA 11 5 60
British Sign Language H3PA 12 6 60

Awards in BSL

If successful at one level, learners could progress to the Award at the next level, where available.

Award Title Award Code SCQF level Learning hours
Award in British Sign Language GP3L 43 3 180
Award in British Sign Language GP3M 44 4 240
Award in British Sign Language TBA 5 240
Award in British Sign Language TBA 6 240

Further Awards in BSL are planned at SCQF levels 5 and 6. More information on these new Awards will be published here during 2019/20.

Approval

How to assess

Each individual unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for each unit.

Awards are not graded.

Each unit is assessed separately.

Assessment can take place at appropriate points as candidate’s progress through the tasks within the units. Evidence of assessment can be presented in a format which best suits the individual candidates and the activities being undertaken.

Evidence should include filmed footage of live production of BSL, and can also include written records, assessor records, or photographs.

Assessment support packs for all units are available on the SQA secure site website.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification Structure

Level 3 group award code: GP3L 43 (18 SCQF credit points)

The Award in British Sign Language at SCQF level 3 consists of 2 mandatory units: J1FP 43 — British Sign Language: Understanding Language and Linguistics, and J1FR 43 — British Sign Language: Using Language in Context (18 SCQF credit points).

Level 4 group award code: GP3M 44 (24 SCQF credit points)

The Award in British Sign Language at SCQF level 4 consists of 3 mandatory units: J1FP 44 — British Sign Language: Understanding Language and Linguistics; J1FR 44 — British Sign Language: Using Language in Context; and J1FS 44 — British Sign Language: History and the Deaf Community (24 SCQF credit points).

For details of approaches to delivery and assessment of the Awards, please refer to the group award specification. Unit specifications are available to download from Unit Search.

Group Award Specification

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