Sussex Centre for Language Studies

British Sign Language

Courses in British Sign Language from October 2018

British Sign Language (BSL) is the first or preferred language of an estimated 70,000 Deaf people in the UK. In March 2003, BSL was recognised by the UK Government as a language in its own right. BSL is a visual-gestural language, with its own grammar and principles, which are completely different from the grammatical structure of English.

These courses are aimed at the general public and held on our campus at Falmer, near Brighton, offering the opportunity to study a language within the context of its culture on a weekly basis alongside students, postgraduates, and members of the university staff. 

We offer qualifications in British Sign Language at Levels 1, 2 and 3. All courses and assessments are accredited by Signature - a recognised awarding body offering nationally accredited qualifications that cover the whole range of languages and communication methods used by deaf and deafblind people.

BSL Level 1

This qualification is designed to enable learners to communicate with Deaf people in BSL on a range of topics that involve simple, everyday language use. The BSL Level 1 course comprises three units: 101, 102 and 103. Candidates are assessed by practical exercises at the end of each unit. These exercises are not mandatory to progress through the course units but are necessary in order to obtain Signature's accredited BSL Level 1 qualification and progress to BSL Level 2.

Course description [pdf]

Signature Level 1 course specification

Unit 101 - Introduction to BSL

Topics covered: meeting people, using numbers, weather, transport, and directions.

Group 1 (2JBA Unit101)
Teaching from 8 October to 10 December 2018*

  • Tutor: Parveen Dunlin
  • Date and time: Mondays, 6.00-8.00pm
  • Price**: £180 (£170 concessions) for 10 weeks - 2 hours per week
  • Assessment fee: £21

Group 2 (2JBB Unit101)
Teaching from 9 October to 11 December 2018*

  • Tutor: John Walker
  • Date and time: Tuesdays, 6.00-8.00pm
  • Price**: £180 (£170 concessions) for 10 weeks - 2 hours per week
  • Assessment fee: £21

*Dates and times are provisional; **Please note that assessment fees are not included in tuition fees and must be paid separately if you want to do the assessment.

Unit 102 - Conversational BSL

Topics covered: at home, people, animals and objects, using numbers, interests and activities, and weather.

Group 1 (2JBA Unit102)
Teaching from 14 January to 18 March 2019*

  • Tutor: Parveen Dunlin
  • Date and time: Mondays, 6.00-8.00pm
  • Price**: £180 (£170 concessions) for 10 weeks - 2 hours per week
  • Assessment fee: £36

Group 2 (2JBB Unit102)
Teaching from 15 January to 19 March 2019*

  • Tutor: John Walker
  • Date and time: Tuesdays, 6.00-8.00pm
  • Price**: £180 (£170 concessions) for 10 weeks - 2 hours per week
  • Assessment fee: £36

 

*Dates and times are provisional; **Please note that assessment fees are not included in tuition fees and must be paid separately if you want to do the assessment.

 

Unit 103 - BSL at School, College or Work (2JBA Unit103)

Topics covered: getting around, exchanging information, refreshments, and using numbers.

Group 1 (2JBA Unit103)
Teaching from 25 March to 10 June 2019*

  • Tutor: Parveen Dunlin
  • Date and time: Mondays, 6.00-8.00pm
  • Price**: £180 (£170 concessions) for 10 weeks - 2 hours per week
  • Assessment fee: £36

Group 2 (2JBB Unit103)
Teaching from 26 March to 11 June 2019*

  • Tutor: John Walker
  • Date and time: Tuesdays, 6.00-8.00pm
  • Price**: £180 (£170 concessions) for 10 weeks - 2 hours per week
  • Assessment fee: £36


*Dates and times are provisional but please note that two classes in May are likely to move to a Tuesday due to public holidays; **Please note that assessment fees are not included in tuition fees and must be paid separately if you want to do the assessment.

BSL Level 2

This qualification is designed to enable learners to develop an ability to communicate with Deaf people using BSL in a range of familiar contexts, participating in longer and more open-ended exchanges than at Level 1. The BSL Level 2 course comprises three units: 201, 202 and 203. The course will develop functional communication in BSL about a range of real life, routine and daily experiences. The learner will be able to deal with most routine language tasks and have sufficient grasp of grammar to cope with some non-routine tasks.Candidates are assessed by practical exercises at the end of each unit. These exercises are not mandatory to progress through the course units but are necessary in order to obtain Signature's accredited BSL Level 2 qualification.

Course description [pdf]

Signature Level 2 course specification

Unit 201 - BSL Receptive Skills (2JBC Unit201)

Teaching from 10 October to 12 December 2018*

  • Tutor: Parveen Dunlin
  • Date and time: Wednesdays, 6.00-9.00pm
  • Price**: £200 (£190 concessions) for 10 weeks - 3 hours per week
  • Assessment fee: £41

 *Dates and times are provisional; **Please note that assessment fees are not included in tuition fees and must be paid separately if you want to do the assessment.

Unit 202 - BSL Productive Skills (2JBC Unit202)

Teaching from 16 January to 20 March 2019*

  • Tutor: Parveen Dunlin
  • Date and time: Wednesdays, 6.00-9.00pm
  • Price**: £200 (£190 concessions) for 10 weeks - 3 hours per week
  • Assessment fee £51

*Dates and times are provisional; **Please note that assessment fees are not included in tuition fees and must be paid separately if you want to do the assessment.

Unit 203 - BSL Conversational Skills (2JBC Unit203)

Teaching from 27 March to 12 June 2019*

  • Tutor: Parveen Dunlin
  • Date and time: Wednesdays, 6.00-9.00pm
  • Price**: £200 (£190 concessions) for 10 weeks - 3 hours per week
  • Assessment fee £51

*Dates and times are provisional; **Please note that assessment fees are not included in tuition fees and must be paid separately if you want to do the assessment.

BSL Level 3

The Level 3 Certificate in British Sign Language caters for the learning needs of those who already have competence in BSL at Level 2. Successful learners must be able to demonstrate competence at Level 3 of the UK Occupational Language Standards (CILT, 2010). This means that the learner will be able to understand and use varied BSL in a range of work and social situations.The BSL Level 3 course comprises three units: 320, 321 and 322.

Signature course specifications

  • Tutors: John Walker, Parveen Dunlin & David Dunlin
  • Date and time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6.00-9.00pm
  • From:
    • Tuesday 9 October 2018 - Thursday 13 December 2018;
    • Tuesday 15 January 2019 - Thursday 21 March 2019;
    • Tuesday 26 March 2019 - Thursday 13 June 2019
  • Price: £1,290 for 30 weeks (twice-weekly meetings, 3.0 hours each = 6 hours per week)


A non-refundable £290 deposit is required. You will receive an offer letter from the office confirming the receipt of your deposit and application along with details of the x4 instalments of £250 due throughout the course.

Unit 320 - Sign Linguistics Knowledge (2JBD Unit320)

Teaching from Tuesday 9 October 2018 - Thursday 13 December 2018* (10 weeks)

Weeks 1-8: Taught
Week 9: Revision (home study)
Week 10: Assessment

  • Tutor: John Walker, Parveen Dunlin & David Dunlin
  • Date and time: Tuesdays (Parveen & David) and Thursdays (John), 6.00-9.00pm
  • Assessment fee: £41

*Dates and times are provisional; **Please note that assessment fees are not included in tuition fees and must be paid separately if you want to do the assessment.

Unit 321 - Understand varied BSL in a range of work and social situations (2JBD Unit 321)

Teaching from Tuesday 15 January 2019 - Thursday 21 March 2019* (10 weeks)

Weeks 1-10: Taught

  • Tutor: John Walker, Parveen Dunlin & David Dunlin
  • Date and time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6.00-9.00pm
  • Assessment fee: £49

*Dates and times are provisional; **Please note that assessment fees are not included in tuition fees and must be paid separately if you want to do the assessment.

Unit 322 - Use varied BSL in a range of work and social situations (2JBD Unit 322)

Teaching from Tuesday 26 March 2019 - Thursday 13 June 2019* (10 weeks)

Week 1: Taught
Weeks 2 & 3: Student research (home study)
Weeks 4-7: Taught (Week 7 includes an assessment)
Week 8: Presentation prep (home study)
Week 9: One-to-ones
Week 10: Assessment 

  • Tutor: John Walker, Parveen Dunlin & David Dunlin
  • Date and time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6.00-9.00pm
  • Assessment fee: £54

*Dates and times are provisional; **Please note that assessment fees are not included in tuition fees and must be paid separately if you want to do the assessment.

Information displayed on the website supersedes any published literature.

Enrolment

Enrolment will open in late July 2018. However, you can still access our online shop to pay for BSL assessments.

Questions or problems? Please contact the Courses Coordinator:
01273 872575
opencourses@sussex.ac.uk