British Sign Language Level 6 NVQ Certificate

Qualification aim

Successful completion of this Level 6 NVQ Certificate in British Sign Language (BSL) qualification can be used as evidence of the language skills needed in order to be able to operate at a professionally proficient level in the target language. It is useful for those who work professionally with Deaf people (for example teachers and lecturers in BSL, social workers, teachers of the Deaf, trainee interpreters, voluntary workers, workers within Deaf organisations, schools, etc) or those who aspire to work in these contexts.

Unit structure

This qualification is divided into two units, both of which can be achieved separately.

To achieve the full Level 6 NVQ Certificate in British Sign Language, candidates are required to achieve both units.

Unit QAN unit number Unit title Assessment
BSL601 J/601/9016 Understand complex British Sign Language in a wide range of work situations Portfolio
BSL602 R/601/9018 Use complex British Sign Language in a wide range of work situations Portfolio

The unit titles refer to 'work situations' but the content and assessment criteria allow for evidence from a wide range of contexts.

Suggested duration

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

Unit Guided Learning Hours (GLH) Additional study hours Total learning hours Credit value
BSL601 90 90 180 18
BSL602 90 90 180 18
Total 180 180 360 36

Guided learning hours include assessment time.

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

Signature approved centres will deliver this qualification over agreed timescales.

Essential requirements

Candidates must be able to demonstrate competence in British Sign Language BSL at level 3.

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