Sussex Centre for Language Studies

British Sign Language

Courses in British Sign Language from October 2020

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.

Our classes take place at lunch times and evenings. These language courses are aimed at the general public and offers the opportunity to study a language alongside students, postgraduates, and members of the university staff.

Normally, these courses are held on our campus at Falmer, near Brighton. For the period of October-December 2020, however, these courses will be delivered online to make them accessible to everyone, including those who are shielding or have care duties at home. Our hope is to return to face-to-face teaching on campus for the courses starting in January.

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. Please note that assessment fees are not included in tuition fees and must be paid separately if you wish to take the assessment.

General information about the BSL courses

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)
  • Tutor: Parveen Dunlin
  • Date and time: Mondays, 6-8pm
  • From: Monday 5 October 2020
  • Price: £180 (£170 concessions)
Group 2 (2JBB)
  • Tutor: Mandy Crump
  • Date and time: Tuesdays, 6-8pm
  • From: Tuesday 6 October 2020
  • Price: £180 (£170 concessions)
Group 3 (2JBE)
  • Tutor: Parveen Dunlin
  • Date and time: Wednesdays, 1-3pm
  • From: Wednesday 7 October 2020
  • Price: £180 (£170 concessions)
Group 4 (2JBD)
  • Tutor: Parveen Dunlin
  • Date and time: Tuesdays, 6-8pm
  • From: Tuesday 6 October 2020
  • Price: £180 (£170 concessions)
 Group 5 (2JXB)
  • Tutor: Mandy Crump
  • Date and time: Wednesdays, 6-8pm
  • From: Wednesday 7 October 2020
  • Price: £180 (£170 concessions)
 

 

Unit 102 - Conversational BSL

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

Group 1 (2JBA Unit102)
  • Tutor: Parveen Dunlin
  • Date and time: Mondays, 6-8pm
  • From: Monday 11 January 2021
  • Price: £180 (£170 concessions)
Group 2 (2JBB Unit102)
  • Tutor: Mandy Crump
  • Date and time: Tuesdays, 6-8pm
  • From: Tuesday 12 January 2021
  • Price: £180 (£170 concessions)
Group 3 (2JBE Unit102)
  • Tutor: Parveen Dunlin
  • Date and time: Wednesdays, 1-3pm
  • From: Wednesday 13 January 2021
  • Price: £180 (£170 concessions)
Group 4 (2JBD Unit102)
  • Tutor: Parveen Dunlin
  • Date and time: Tuesdays, 6-8pm
  • From: Tuesday 12 January 2021
  • Price: £180 (£170 concessions)
 Group 5 (2JXB Unit102)
  • Tutor: Mandy Crump
  • Date and time: Wednesdays, 6-8pm
  • From: Wednesday 13 January 2021
  • Price: £180 (£170 concessions)
 

 

Unit 103 - BSL at School, College or Work

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

Group 1 (2JBA Unit103)
  • Tutor: Parveen Dunlin
  • Date and time: Mondays, 6-8pm
  • From: Monday 22 March 2021
  • Price: £216 (£206 concessions) for 12 weeks
Group 2 (2JBB Unit103)
  • Tutor: Mandy Crump
  • Date and time: Tuesdays, 6-8pm
  • From: Tuesday 23 March 2021
  • Price: £216 (£206 concessions) for 12 weeks
Group 3 (2JBE Unit103)
  • Tutor: Parveen Dunlin
  • Date and time: Wednesdays, 1-3pm
  • From: Wednesday 24 March 2021
  • Price: £216 (£206 concessions) for 12 weeks
Group 4 (2JBD Unit103)
  • Tutor: Parveen Dunlin
  • Date and time: Tuesdays, 6-8pm
  • From: Tuesday 23 March 2021
  • Price: £216 (£206 concessions) for 12 weeks
 Group 5 (2JXB Unit103)
  • Tutor: Mandy Crump
  • Date and time: Wednesdays, 6-8pm
  • From: Wednesday 24 March 2021
  • Price: £216 (£206 concessions) for 12 weeks
 

 

BSL Level 1 Assessment - Prices & Dates

Prices

  • Unit 101 - £23
  • Unit 102 - £38
  • Unit 103 - £38

Dates

  • Unit 101 assessment: to take place in Week 10 of the teaching block

  • Unit 102 assessment: to take place in Week 10 of unit 103 teaching block

  • Feedback session: to take place in Week 11 of 103 teaching block

  • Unit 103 assessment: to take place in Week 12 of 103 teaching block

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)

  • Tutor: Parveen Dunlin
  • Date and time: Wednesdays, 6-9pm
  • From: Wednesday 7 October 2020
  • Price: £200 (£190 concessions) for 3 hours per week.

Unit 202 - BSL Productive Skills (2JBC Unit202)

  • Tutor: Parveen Dunlin
  • Date and time: Wednesdays, 6-9pm
  • From: Wednesday 13 January 2021
  • Price: £200 (£190 concessions) for 3 hours per week

Unit 203 - BSL Conversational Skills (2JBC Unit203)

  • Tutor: Parveen Dunlin
  • Date and time: Wednesdays, 6-9pm
  • From: Wednesday 24 March 2021
  • Price: £240 (£230 concessions) for 12 weeks - 3 hours per week
BSL Level 2 Assessment - Prices & Dates

Prices

  • Unit 201 - £43
  • Unit 202 - £53
  • Unit 203 - £53

Dates

  • Unit 203 assessment: to take place in Week 10 of unit 203 teaching block

  • Feedback session: to take place in Week 11 of 203 teaching block

  • Unit 202 & 201 assessment: to take place in Week 12 of 203 teaching block

BSL Level 3

Suspended for 2020/21.

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

BSL Level 3 Assessment - Prices & Dates

Suspended for 2020/21.

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