New Level 3 Qualification

We introduced Level 3 NVQ in British Sign Language in 2001 and our non-vocational Level 3 Certificate in BSL in 2006. As we approach the fifth anniversary of those two qualifications existing side-by-side we are in the process of transferring all our qualifications from the old NQF (National Qualifications Framework) to the new QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework).

This process gives Signature the opportunity to make timely modifications to our qualifications, so we’ve been engaging with those who deliver one, or both, of our Level 3 BSL qualifications to get their views.

Overwhelmingly the feedback they have provided suggests the preferred way forward would be to combine the strengths and advantages of the Level 3 NVQ with those of the Level 3 Certificate to create a single, very flexible Level 3 BSL qualification.

In response to that feedback, it is our intention to draft a new qualification that:

  • combines the linguistic BSL content of the Certificate with an assessment model with the rigour of the NVQ;
  • enables centres to recruit vocational and non-vocational learners to the same programme;
  • allows candidates to provide evidence from the workplace, the classroom, or a mixture of both; and
  • streamlines the assessment recording process to reduce paperwork

We plan to call the new qualification: Signature Level 3 NVQ Certificate in British Sign Language. The qualification will also be available for Irish Sign Language. It is our aim to have the new qualification accredited and ready for publication in May this year, ready for delivery in centres from 1 September 2010. We will be in touch shortly with the draft qualification specification to ask for your views on the number of Guided Learning Hours and additional private study hours you think are needed to deliver the qualification successfully. In the meantime keep an eye on www.signature.org.uk for updates, or contact your customer support officer.

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