British Sign Language Level 6 Certificate (New 2019)

Qualification aim

The Level 6 Certificate in British Sign Language (BSL62) qualification will develop the learner’s language skills from Level 4 (B2) towards Level 6 of the National Occupational Standards for Languages (CILT 2010), or C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Upon successful completion of this qualification, the learner will be able to use and understand complex BSL in all types of social and professional interaction.

The assessment criteria for this qualification are based on the UK National Occupational Standards for Languages at Level 6 (‘complex’ language use). Upon successful completion of this qualification, learners will be able to demonstrate language skills equivalent to an undergraduate degree in Modern Languages.

Qualification structure

Candidates must demonstrate both receptive and productive BSL skills at level 6, and in all of the eight topics that make up this qualification. Internal and external assessments may cover any of the topics listed in this qualification.

The natural context of using BSL is in two-way interactions (discussions, conversations, debates etc.), as well as one-way interactions (monologues, presentations etc.). The candidate is therefore expected to demonstrate receptive and productive skills in both two-way and one-way interactions. Signature recommends the best approach to teaching and assessing this qualification is by covering both receptive and productive skills together.

Suggested duration

The following table details the recommended learning hours required to achieve this qualification.

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) Additional study hours Total learning hours Credit value
180 180 360 36

Guided learning hours include assessment time.

Additional study hours include independent study, homework, practice, etc.

Signature approved centres will deliver this qualification over agreed timescales.

Essential requirements

In order to apply for Level 6 Certificate in British Sign Language (BSL), candidates must be able to demonstrate competence in BSL at level 4, or equivalent.

It is the responsibility of the centre to ensure that this requirement has been met before accepting a candidate for this qualification.