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Signature Qualifications Review

Added 18 Jun 2019

Qualifications review

You need qualifications that give you the confidence to promote and teach. And, trust that they provide the right standard of communication skills for everyone.

We are constantly challenging ourselves and working with the best people to make sure we can give you the qualifications you need.

We decided the time is right to create a new suite of British Sign Language (BSL) qualifications. Starting from scratch in 2018, we began the review of our higher level (Level 4 and Level 6) British Sign Language qualifications.

In January 2019, we launched our new Level 6 Certificate in British Sign Language.

The next qualifications to be reviewed are:

  • Level 4 Certificate in British Sign Language
  • Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Sign Language Interpreting
  • Level 6 Diploma in Sign Language Translation
  • Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language

 

Find out more:

Level 4 in British Sign Language

You have provided us with feedback to the Level 4 in British Sign Language qualification review. The review started in April 2019 and the working group is currently devising the draft qualification.

A new level 4 qualification will be available for teaching from September 2019. Assessments can be booked from January 2020.

 

Level 6 in sign language interpreting and translation

We are reviewing the interpreting and translation qualifications together. This way we can look at the overlap of content across both qualifications. We are also looking to change the qualification structure and move away from the current NVQ model and be more assessment based. We feel this will allow the qualifications to carry more rigour.

This review started in March 2019. We initially surveyed all centres and now have a working group of subject experts drafting the new qualifications.

This qualification will be available for teaching from January 2020. Assessments can be booked from September 2020.

 

Level 3 in British Sign Language

During the review of our higher level qualifications, we decided to bring forward the review of our current Level 3 in British Sign Language qualification. We feel the level 3 is pivotal for learners in their progression to higher level qualification learning and understand the importance of creating a new structure and focus to better prepare candidates for progression.

The working group are meeting for the first time in June, to start the review and work on drafting a new qualification.

This qualification will be available for teaching from January 2020. Assessments can be booked from September 2020.