British Sign Language and Deaf Culture 2B (T5005)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

This fourth and final stage module of the 60-credit pathway in British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Culture will further develop and consolidate your range and conversational technique in BSL to routine contexts, and broaden your knowledge and awareness of Deaf culture.

Additionally, the module offers you the opportunity to present and discuss in BSL an agreed topic of interest which relates to your main discipline of study. This may take the form of a community engagement project.

The module aims to enable you to:

  • use BSL in a range of routine settings, and converse on a topic of their interest
  • demonstrate clear use of sign language grammar at an intermediate level and use of some complex structures
  • present and lead a discussion in areas of interest (e.g. descriptions on types of education, how Deaf culture is manifested, role of the media, how Deaf spaces are formed)
  • complete a project on a topic of interest related to your own studies, as agreed with the tutor
  • develop study skills to create a project report in BSL, supported with references and quotes in English.

Classes will consist of a variety of activities, including regular practice in pronunciation (production of signs) and listening (understanding signs), simulations, practical exercises and conversation etc., based around themes, grammatical structures and language skills, to encourage autonomous use of the target language.

This module is at B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Equivalent Signature Level 202 part B; 203.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 46 hours of contact time and about 104 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: